Palmer picked the wrong time to have a letdown:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Carson Palmer had a terrific regular season. The quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals finished the regular season with 35 touchdowns and 4,671 passing yards. Only to have it all come crashing down in the NFC championship game when he threw 4 interceptions and lost 2 fumbles. 6 total turnovers for one player will leave a bad taste in Palmer’s mouth. Even though Palmer had one of the worst games of his career. The defeat falls on all of the Arizona Cardinals shoulders not just Carson Palmer’s. That was echoed by coach Bruce Arians after the loss and believe it or not the coach is right. The offensive line didn’t do a good enough job of protecting Palmer and the players around the quarterback didn’t make enough plays. Still you can’t have 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in the postseason and expect to keep advancing. It’s safe to say Palmer’s efforts weren’t very convincing. Big time players make big time plays in big games. Carson Palmer has to remember what it takes to have success in the postseason. The stakes are higher and the bar is raised. If the stage is too big for Palmer maybe coach Arians will have to go a different direction. So while the team had a complete letdown, personally Palmer failed as well. Palmer now has decided that he will skip the Pro Bowl to heal up his injured finger. A move that is expected due to the lack of player interest when it comes to competing in the event. When you add in the injury as well it’s a common occurrence to see a player opt out of playing in the Pro Bowl. The Honolulu showdown could of been a time to build Palmers confidence back up. Instead he will decide to rest up. We will see how the move pays off for him.

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