“He’s Licking His Chops”November 1st, 2012
Shaun King, one of three quarterbacks to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, says there’s drool falling off the chin of veteran Raiders QB Carson Palmer.
King, however, is hopeful the Bucs pass rush can disrupt Palmer enough to prevent the Raiders from putting up video-game numbers Sunday.
“He’s licking his chops,” King said of Palmer on WDAE-AM 620 this morning. “And right now, when you look at our won-loss record and defensively what we’ve been able to do, if we play a team that has an average or below quarterback, then we generally have done really well. When we’ve played guys that have above-average quarterbacks, then we’ve had a lot of difficulty.
“Up to this point [the Raiders] haven’t been real effective running the ball and they don’t have a great offensive line, so we should be able to get enough pressure on Carson where he just doesn’t kill us.”
The Raiders offense is a strange brew, so Joe is confident nobody can know what to expect Sunday. Oakland’s new offensive coordinator has come under heavy fire, and the Raiders seem to changeup their attack regularly. They’ve already scaled back using their new-for-2012 zone blocking schemes, and Palmer has run a load of no-huddle in some games and not much in others.
Perhaps the most consistent element has been Palmer himself. He ranks in the NFL’s top tier in numerous statistical categories and his speedy receiving corps is healthy.
This game is no cake-walk. It still troubles Joe that the Falcons needed a late 55-yard field goal and turnover to beat the Raiders earlier this season in Atlanta.