A conversation with Carson Palmer

Q)How is your bad elbow doing after the Dallas game?

Palmer: It came through as expected. We'll probably go with the same approach as last week and hopefully be ready to play on Sunday.

Q)What do you mean by the same approach?

Palmer: Throw as little as possible and let it rest as much as possible, and make a decision later in the week and see what the doctors say.

Q)Did the elbow hinder any of your throws last week?

Palmer: No. There were a couple times where I didn't have the confidence I normally have, just because my arm's not the same as previous to the injury. But as far as throwing balls, I felt like I missed a couple I shouldn't have missed, but the only thing I noticed was just a little less confidence in throwing some. I saw holes in certain spots that I kind of held back on and moved on to the next guy.

Q)Looking back on it now and knowing how your elbow feels, do you think you could have made those throws?

Palmer: No, I think they were good decisions not to throw. Balls I normally zip right by somebody, I felt maybe there's a chance they get their hands on it or make a play on it. Just pulled some of those down and moved on.

Q)Did it (sore elbow) affect the play-calling, specifically not throwing deep?

Palmer: I'm not sure. I know Brat (offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski) was definitely conscious of it. He knew the situation, what was going on. We talked. There weren't a ton of opportunities where we wanted to be sitting in the pocket and really throw the ball downfield long, to let those guys get off press and get downfield, just because you've got DeMarcus Ware on one side and (Greg) Ellis on the other. We did such a good job in protecting in five steps and getting the ball off quick -- the offensive line, like I said after the game, played so well. Q)So it was more a byproduct of the defense than your elbow?

Palmer: Possibly a combination of both. I know Brat was conscious of it. But not too many teams have been successful throwing the ball from nine yards deep, with seven-step drops, and really holding onto it long.

Q)Every team you've played hasn't been easy to stand in the pocket against...

Palmer: Yeah. With the exception of maybe New York, the Giants without their top two guys, with Strahan and Umenyiora gone. But yeah, the first couple games we played were against good defenses and really good pass-rushers. We've kind of hit a different part of the schedule now, where we still play some good defenses, but we don't have Terrell Suggs and Ware and Vanden Bosch and Albert Haynesworth and all those guys.

Q)Does Cedric Benson bring a different element to the offense?

Palmer: I think so. He and Chris (Perry) look like they'd be similar backs, but I think they're very different. Chris does such a good job running in and out of the backfield, running routes on the outside. You saw him catch a receiver route in the game this past week. And Cedric is more of a four-yards-and-a-pile-of-dust that can really explode if he gets a seam and hits it. But I think it's a really good changeup for us, because they're backs that can complement each other and complement the offense.

Q)Was it the game plan or just the way the game flowed that Chris Henry didn't get much action?

Palmer: He hasn't been here for a long time. It was his first week back. He had a couple of plays, just to kind of get him back on the field and get him in the rhythm of things. Being in a situation when you're suspended and you can't be around the facility, that makes it extremely difficult on you. I've never understood that part, when a guy's suspended, to be home by himself and not here to work out and run routes and be at practice.

It's tough to come back in one week, and all of a sudden hey, here's your game plan, you're going to catch five or six balls. Really last week was just a chance for him to get the rust off and get in a game-type atmosphere, and hopefully his role will expand as we go on.


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