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Carson Palmer: is he really that bad? What do the #'s say?

Carson Palmer seems to be a topic that splits Bengals fans.

Some people think he is still a good quarterback, and others say he is regressing and that it's time to let him go.

Well, i was just curious as to what the stats said about Carson Palmer (I ignored 2007 because he only played a few games).

2004: Rookie seasons are typcially rough on an nfl qb. Carson had mix results. He had a 61% completion percentage, which was 16th in the NFL. His 18 TD's 18 INT's were below average, as were his 6.7 yards per attempt.

2005: The year he exploded and made people think 'Boomer who?' His completion percentage of 67.8% was the highest in the league, as were his 32 TD's. His TD to INT ratio was only topped by Brad Johnson and Byron Leftwich, who each only attempted about 1/2 of the passes that carson did.

2006: Carson had a very good season, topping 4,000 yards with 4,035. But his overall stats took a downward turn. His completion percentage fell to 8th in the league at 62.3%. He was second in TD's with 28, but his TD to INT ratio fell from the best among the prolific passers, down to above average.

His QB rate dropped, completion percentage dropped, TD % dropped, and INT % increased from 2005

2007: Carson had his 3rd season as a prolific passer, passing for 4,131 yards. He nudged his completion percentage up to 64.9%, but was only good for 8th in a year that was good to a lot of QB's. He had 26 TD's, which was a slight drop from 28, but it was only good enough for 10th in the league, as pass defenses got shredded in the league, but Carson was unable to capitalize. In a bit of ugliness, he led the league with 20 INT's.

His QB rate dropped, completion percentage increased, TD % dropped, and INT % increased from 2006

2008: Was the year he missed most of the season, so i'll skip it. But his yards per attempt, yards per attempt and TD % were all appaling.

2009: The year Carson fell from the status of an elite QB to an average QB. His completion percentage fell to 60.5%, which put him in 18th overall (below average). His passing yards (barely over 3,000) put him at 18th overall, barely ahead of QB's who played 1 or 2 less games than him. Part of the blame was due to him taking less attempts, but his yards per attempt (6.6) and yards per completion (11.0) were the lowest of his career. His TD's dropped to 21, and his TD% was the lowest of his career.

His QB rate dropped, completion percentage dropped, TD % dropped, and INT % decreased from 2007

2010: The year Carson was supposed to return to elite status with the addition of T.O., Shipley and Gresham. Instead it's a repeat of 2009, only worse. His completion % is barely over 60%, and his TD % continues to drop. His yards per attempt, yards per completion and TD's are again lower than the year before. It's just a continuation of a downhill freefall (and this is BEFORE the debacle in Pittsburgh).

His QB rate dropped, completion percentage dropped, TD % dropped, and INT % increased from 2007

 
Year Yard/Attempt   TD%   INT %   QB Rate
2005      7.5           6.3     2.4       101.1
2006      7.8           5.4     2.5        93.9
2007      7.2           4.5     3.5        86.7
2008     injured year        
2009      6.6           4.5     2.8        83.6
2010      6.5           4.3     3.2        80.1
 

It's hard to ignore the numbers. Carson was great in 2005, very good in 2006, but has been in a free fall ever since...with his production getting worse each and every year. 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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