Carson Palmer spoke about Bruce Arians and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the NFL Network’s Super Bowl LIVE show on Wednesday, claiming that the team’s turnaround under Arians will be quick, predicting the Bucs to win nine games in 2019.
“I think it’s a quick turnaround,” Palmer said. “I think it happens this year, I think they’re a winning team this year. I think they win at least nine games.”
“Even with Jameis Winston?” Co-host Reggie Bush asked with a laugh.
“I love him and Jameis Winston together,” Palmer replied. “Bruce’s offense with Jameis’ arm and his capability to deliver the ball accurately 30 yards, 40 yards down the field… You don’t throw slants in Bruce’s offense. You don’t have to be real accurate underneath, you have to be accurate throwing comebacks, digs over linebacker’s heads, the big post, the Bang 8 post. Jameis can do all of that.”
But it wasn’t just the play of Winston that has Palmer convinced in Arians’ ability to turn the Bucs around in year one. Palmer – the starting quarterback under Arians’ revitalization of the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 – also pointed to the Bucs’ other playmakers across the field.
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“In Bruce’s system, when you’ve got DeSean Jackson, you’ve got Mike Evans, you’ve got some players on defense, you’ll turn that around quick.”
Palmer also talked about his communication with Arians since taking over as the Bucs’ head coach.
“Just texts, congrats and stuff like that,” Palmer said. “But I know he’s excited and I think the thing that I was most excited about was that he took the job and that he’s healthy enough. Because he had some health issues at the end of his career with the Cardinals and [I’m happy] just knowing that he’s healthy enough to endure, at his age, what comes with being the head coach of an organization. That’s a lot of pressure, that’s a lot of heat and he’s healthy enough to do it which is the best thing.”