When you try and understand the difficulty of a Bruce Arians offense, the best place to look for clarity is to someone who actually played the quarterback position under the current Bucs head ball coach.

Former Cardinals standout quarterback Carson Palmer was a guest on the Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday and talked about his time under Arians, and discussed his 22 interception first season in Arizona. Palmer noted he expects Winston to have “massive” year if the Bucs bring back Tampa Bay’s former No. 1 overall pick.

You can watch and listen Palmers comments below.

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  1. How great would that be.

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  2. Yep.

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  3. I think Palmer is onto something.

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    • Or on something

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  4. Winston’s gonna have a massive year to go with his massive contract. Will it lead to wins and playoffs though?
    If they can run it effectively and play good defense all year, then yes.

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  5. I feel a little better now.

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    • Glass half full is always a better way to look at things ha

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  6. It’s not the tight window throws that get intercepted. It’s the simple outs, where Jameis stares down a receiver, it’s covered, and throws it anyway for a pick six. Or how many times did he not see the linebackers getting picked throwing over the middle. We’ve seen him do it for five years, he did it his last play to end the season. Yeah the ball was tipped at the line, the D linemen know where he’s throwing it too. I think you can expect big things from Jameis, but he’ll always be a 20 plus interception guy. If you can live with that he’s your QB.

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    • He’s only been a 20 plus interception guy one year surfer. Geez you’re a negative nance these days

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  7. Really didn’t need Palmer to tell me this it’s common sense.

    Winston has had years where he threw 11 and 15 int., So not sure why you think he can never be under 20 Surfer? Better coach now and second year in this scheme I think he can be around 12-15 and that wouldn’t be bad if had similar other stats to this year. I agree don’t see him being a lot under 20 int. Like Favre….

    He does stare WR down at times and that needs improvement and can’t argue that but seen lot other QB’s do it too at times not named Brady or Rodgers.

    Bottom line he’s 25 not 30 so saying can’t change or can’t be under 20 int. Makes no sense to me but whatever we will see soon enough because I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Any of the free agents out there are not an upgrade imo. Upgrade in less Int.? Probably. Upgrade in more points and yards? That’s a big I seriously doubt it.

    Anyways Defense looks to be improved and average at least. No coincidence we started winning when D turned around. Now just need little better special teams specifically punt and kick returns and better run game.

    Go Bucs!

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  8. I felt like it was a lot of option routes he stated down because there were issues to start the season with receivers running a different route so he ended up staring them down too much seeing which way they would go. That’s just a thought though.

    I just don’t think any QB will thrive back there constantly running for his life. I really think this offseason needs to be spent beefing up the Oline, whatever way it takes to get 5 guys out there solid at their spot, and once it is solidified we can truly judge. It just seems like unless a stellar QB falls to us at 14, we should bring Winston back on the Franchise Tag, beef up the Oline, see what happens when he has a real chance back there, and if it doesn’t work then it’s time to move on.

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  9. Has anybody noticed how big the running game was in the Wildcard games? If you make it to January you have to be able to run the ball. Imagine if the Bucs had an average running game? That should cut a few interceptions.

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    • Not sure where that comes from considering the Seahawks ran for 19 total yards and won as well as Houston running for 78 yards. I agree this team needs way more balance, but so far the teams winning in the playoffs are winning through the air

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      • Derrick Henry had 182 yards rushing.
        Minnesota ran 40 times vs 31 passes.
        Buffalo should have won. They lost because they started trying pass, pass, pass with Allen.
        Seattle won a tight game at the very end with 1 TD pass to Metcalf. 1 jump ball first down to wind the clock.

        So, by my count, thats 3 out of 4, with Houston being the anomaly.

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  10. I hope Carson I right.

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  11. I do need Carson Palmer to tell me.  I need the perspective from inside his skull and the view from within his shoes.

    When I watch Winston I only see a small outsider view.  I was never a quarterback at any level. I see flaws and mistakes. I see games lost and feel great disappointment as a fan.

    In BA I MUST trust.  Bring home the Lombardi or bust!
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    Go Bucs!   Win now!

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  12. P.S. My remarks are not an attack on Fredster. There are others I am sure who hear Carson as stating the obvious.

    Over time I came to always defer to the late great Macabee. If he corrected me he always got my attention. There are many who post here that are far more football knowledgeable than I.

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  13. Nobody could say it any better and be more credible, with Palmer being in the same position. First year learning the difficult season has come and passed. Next year we will be looking good!

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  14. Five years in the league same all same all these interceptions will not stop they resign Winston will be out of the playoffs by Halloween only small minds think change is gonna come.

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  15. Since when did Carson Palmer become a different Carson as in Carnac the Magnificent? We can all hope and pray that the leopard [Aimless Jameis] can change his spots [30 INTs] in 2020 IF the Bucs decide to keep him. I agree with some of the other commenters that the OL needs some bolstering, no matter who is back there slinging the pigskin. But he needs to learn better decision-making and not to telegraph his passes, and to be more accurate with the ball. He makes some wildly great plays, but then follows them with bonehead mistakes. I guess we’ll see…or not see, depending on the Bucs decision on him.

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  16. Buc-Ass-Bob has spoken! Oh man, what I wouldn’t give for Winston to come out of this metamorphosis cocoon with shiny new wings! We can all sit here and bitch and moan and analyze all we want, but we are at the mercy of LAG (Licht Arians Glazer). I just hope they make a very well informed and educated decision. I’m a Buc fan no matter the outcome. Sad but true.

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  17. You people that have convinced yourselves that Winston will be gone are going to be upset. No way in hell are we letting a 26 year old QB with the talents that Winston’s has walk the hell out of here…

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  18. Winston is like that trophy wife who you hope someday learns to cook without poisoning you.

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    • Ohh dam scu!..lol..well said friend…I would say that trophy wife who HAS been poisoning you,took lessons, and then you hope the next meal wont kill you.

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  19. Well I hear this every yr with Winston fans and PR say things like ” He needs a HC, needs a OC needs a qb coach” My gosh now its “next yr will be his yr” I said same about Vinny in the 80’s so I have been there done that with excuses and high hopes the new generation will understand after they get tired of doing the same excuse train yr after yr

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  20. Very interesting, the defense did get better but over the 5-3 period…the only wins we got came against other teams with losing records. Winning teams find ways to win. Just like last year there is always a place to put the blame. Kickers, fumbles, and interceptions, maybe even refs, but I think we still need a much better OL. I’ve said it in the past and I’ll say it again. It doesn’t matter if you run the ball or pass it you win the game in the trenches. Our DL may have turned the corner we are winning on that side, but we still do not have a line that can get us 100+ yds on the ground. If we can manage to keep the Defense together and fix our OL we will win–with or with out JW. I vote to keep him, but we should be looking for a solid backup (we could still keep him on a short leash).

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