The Carson Palmer Era in Oakland

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Finding a psychiatrist on short notice, that might be a problem for Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer. Boller started against Kansas City, and his confidence was already (we're guessing) eye-level with a worm. The Raiders traded two top draft picks Tuesday for what offensive coordinator Al Saunders referred to as "a real quarterback." 

The three interceptions Boller threw in the first half, and his 22.3 passer rating for the game (7-for-14 for 61 yards) didn't boost his self-esteem. His first pass attempt was a pick-six and his third was an interception that led to the Chiefs' second touchdown. 

Real quarterback Carson Palmer, thrown into what he called a "surreal" situation when the Raiders plucked him out of retirement, played the second half, to his surprise. He also tossed three interceptions, and his passer rating was 17.3 (8-for-21, 116 yards). 

I'm rather amazed that they threw Palmer to the lions. Jokey headline aside, I actually don't think you can take much from his performance.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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