Carson Palmer: That Defense Won The Lombardi Trophy

March 7th, 2021

Carlson Palmer during his days with Bucco Bruce Arians

Did the NFL learn a lesson from the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl victory last month?

It seems like their ultimate “W” led established quarterbacks around the league to want more power, and some teams became eager to flip starting QBs to catch a Tom Brady-like spark.

Former Bucco Bruce Arians star QB Carson Palmer made a visit to KMVP-FM in Arizona recently and was asked for his takeaway from the Bucs’ win.

“A great defense can still win the championship,” Palmer said quickly. He wasn’t knocking Brady or the Bucs, just emphasizing that holding the Chiefs to nine points was astounding and historic. And Palmer noted the speed of the Bucs linebackers is obviously devastating to offenses.

Interestingly, Palmer said he understands QBs wanting more power within organizations, seemingly like Brady has.

Palmer never liked the attitude of teams that don’t want to involve players and coaches in personnel decisions, he said, noting the team concept should extend in all directions.

“You don’t have to shutup and play,” Palmer said.

Under Arians and Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, Palmer said he routinely was consulted on nearly all signings, getting mined for his opinion on players and their reputations

“I always felt like I was a part of it. I always felt like my suggestions were welcomed and heard,” Palmer said.

All that chatter got Joe thinking about how Tom Brady likely knew exactly how much legitimate input he would have in Tampa versus New England. That doesn’t mean he calls the shots, just that he’s given a true voice, one that should be given more weight as his Bucs tenure moves on.

48 Responses to “Carson Palmer: That Defense Won The Lombardi Trophy”

  1. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Yup, “speed of the Bucs linebackers is obviously devastating.” That’s why we need to resign Lavonte. Can’t sign them all. Sorry Chris Godwin! Bucs will still be very strong at WR.

  2. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    …and that’s why bringing back the defensive FA’s is #1 priority

  3. Bird Says:

    Gotta bring defense back. They played amazing in the playoffs except the washington game

    Older up front so we should focus on dline in draft
    But So young in the back and should be more consistent next year.

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Thank you Carson. Don’t fix what’s not broken.

  5. Wesley Says:

    Devin White really should of gotten SB MVP.

  6. Buxszntkt Says:

    Yup, CG we love you dude. But we must keep the defense. The old adage of getting rid of players one year too soon rather than one year too late doesn’t apply to LVD. He and White are deadly together, and are now in sync. Don’t mess with that by forcing DW to create a new partnership with an LVD replacement. I’m sure LVD has at least 1 if not 2 very good years left, and after 2 I’m sure TB12 goes, so LVD losing pace at that point , while Blaine is QB doesn’t really matter. (The Blaine part is just a joke).

  7. crazybucs_CL Says:

    the SB = TB12, defense played good few games including the last one. Is the same group that sucked last season, and most of this season….NO guaranty what so ever that is going to be special 2021….. you keep building, keep changing, keep tweaking… as long as TB12 is in locker room. Palmer…. doesn’t cost nothing to admit the greatness of TB12, he is the reason we won the SB, and you know it.

  8. Buxszntkt Says:

    Now who is getting the tag ? Perhaps Shaq, I think he is the most money hungry! He’s gotta have a long lucrative contract, he wants to blast that bank so everyone “knows” he’s the greatest sack artist ! Don’t know that the Bucs can afford what he is likely demanding, so TAG your it Shaq !

  9. Bird Says:

    Dont forget jpp getting knee surgery so he should full go for next year. That dude is a freak …even with a few less fingers

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sure, our defense was spectacular…..probably could have won with a sub-par offense but it was also great…

    Keeping this defense together is priority one.

    Keep in mind on a possible franchise tag for Shaq……he gets a 20 per cent increase over last year….might as well sign him to a multi-year deal… prediction is 4 years…75 million……45 or 50 guaranteed.

  11. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Defense was great, no doubt. Mr. Licht and Bucs players, let’s work it out to where the Bucs can re-sign 7 of the Big 8 (Lenny too, if he signs a team-friendly deal).

  12. MadMax Says:

    Thats why we need to keep building on it….Zaven Collins, especially if we lose Barrett

    Freiermuth or Etienne in the 2nd somehow someway….

    …then Darius Stills should be there at the end of the 3rd

  13. atlBucs Says:

    Not only did we win the SB, we have also torn up Seattle and Houston! LOL

  14. Bucs Guy Says:

    Sign Shaq, LVD and Suh. RB in FA. Also keep Succop, Gronk and AB. Need to think DT, Edge, OT or LB in the first 3 rounds for eventual Suh, JPP, D Smith and LVD replacements. Which they go with depends on the Bucs outlook for keeping Donovan Smith and LVD more thsn 1-2 years more. Another RB or IOL in 4th and 5th. WR and CB in the 7th.

    If you trade OJ or Brate, pick a WR with that pick and pick a TE instead of a WR in the 7th.

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    “Palmer noted the speed of the Bucs linebackers is obviously devastating to offenses.”

    Which is exactly why you don’t even consider letting LVD54 wear another team’s colors in 2021……

  16. tbbucs3 Says:

    Tom Brady got us to the superbowl, the defense won it. It wouldve been awfully hard to beat the Chiefs if the D didnt show up.

  17. tbbucs3 Says:

    “Devin White really should of gotten SB MVP”

    Tom Brady couldve thrown for 3 yards in the Superbowl and he wouldve gotten MVP. His name needed to go on that ring no matter what, hes the MVP of the season.

  18. MadMax Says:

    Brady elevated EVERYONES game….dont argue with me please

    Now, was that the swift kick in the arse our D needed, i dont know…everyone tapped into their talent, and digging deep with Brady and coach help and were put into a position to win… and realized it was left up to them to do their job and win their assignment. Its pretty simple really. DO YOUR JOB!

    Basics! Be the best at them….

  19. Buxszntkt Says:

    Shaq is going to want a contract that beats his mentor Von Miller ! Rosenhaus is going to search for that so he can get his cut !

  20. MadMax Says:

    lol, we know Shaq is asking too much and gone already….all good, he’s a beast and deserves what we cant afford….we’re on it with the next one

  21. Oneilbuc Says:

    Brady don’t play defense and they didn’t need for Brady to pump them up to play . They are grown men who have families to take care of . It was their second year in the 34 defense. Brady threw 3 interceptions and the defense held . He almost threw the game away. Last year we lose that game but the defense step up . Brady is not exempt from criticism.

  22. Oneilbuc Says:

    I’m glad that some body is telling the truth. Thank you Palmer they are going to hate you because you gave credit to some one else other than Brady . Defense wins championship!!!

  23. MadMax Says:

    Oneil, you are apparently very misinformed…all good though lol…peeps like you just kill me with laughter, thank you

  24. MadMax Says:

    Zavin Collins… keep it moving since we’re losing our LB’s…all good, Bowles knows he can make him great

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    The defense was great — but the offense scoring more than 30 in each playoff game certainly did its part. The defense, during the regular season, was nothing special, but boy did they turn it up when it mattered.

  26. Jimmy Cox Says:

    Without Brady the Bucs will not even be in the Super Bowl sure the defense did its part and they’re supposed too the team Played balance

  27. Jimmy Cox Says:

    Carson Palmer is a little jealous of Tom Brady because he handled Bruce offense better than he did Bucs haven’t even seen a playoff in 17 years same defense last year before Tom Brady’s MVP over 50 touchdowns the team played balance

  28. Mike pizzoli Says:

    I really think we need to keep godwin, he is only 25 years old, does all the dirty work and is going to keep getting better. Sometimes brady has a difficult time trusting receivers especially new ones so when you have a young super talented receiver whom brady trusts implicitly you do not let him leave. I love lavonte and shaq but how much longer will lavonte retain his elite speed? Shaq is going to shoot for the moon with an aaron donald type contract, it sucks I would love to keep them all but it’s not possible.

  29. Mike Says:

    When was the last time a dominant defense that won multiple SB?

    How was the Legion of Boom and 2015 Denver’s?

    On the other hand, the Patriots was a dynasty for 2 decades with one Great QB.

  30. Robert M Says:

    O’NeilBuc .. you either aren’t serious or your lack of knowledge is amazing. You say they didn’t need Bradys input because they are grown men with families to feed ? What planet are you from ? Rofo, Godwin, David, Fournette , Evans, pretty much the entire teamhas said his leadership was invaluable. Of course it’s ok to criticize TB12. He’d say the same thing. Honestly thought, not a whole lot to critique. I’ve been watching pro football since 1970. He’s the smartest man to ever play that position. And Carson Palmers got Shannon Sharpe disease . Has a problem hearing over and over there is someone out there that is so much better that it’s a joke to even compare. There may have been others that might have been as good but then they would have to actually work harder than is expected and not stop to rest on their laurels. A lot to ask of most people , even men with families to feed.

  31. Eddie Says:

    Onelibuc Brady put the defense in position to take over the game and the defense responded. Don’t forget the offense had 31 points at the end of the 3 rd quarter. That enabled the defense to do its thing. Coach Bowls said,” it’s easier to play defense when you have a lead”. GO BUCS!

  32. Tojaman Says:

    “I am not afraid of an army of lions Led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion”. Alexander The Great
    Tom The Great is the reason everyone played their best. Lenny said as much about the pregame pep talk given by Tom. Chris Godwin said as much when he said that Tom gave them the confidence to go from “Can we win?” to “We will win”.
    Don’t forget that the Chief’s receivers dropped 2 sure touchdown passes and their “87” dropped a sure 3rd down conversion while wide open. Those things can sap a team’s confidence.

  33. Defense Rules Says:

    The argument ‘Did the offense or the defense win the SB?’ is humorous.

    The answer is Yes. It’s called COMPLEMENTARY FOOTBALL and BOTH SIDES played superbly. S/Ts contributed nicely too. And THAT’S why we won.


    The D played great but let’s not forget the two drops in the end zone that hit receivers in helmets. Offense scored 31 points and had their own drop by Haeg. 31 points usually win any NFL game as long as Def has a pulse. This SB was won by all 3 phases, yes even special teams stepped up.

  35. JC Says:

    To: Alvin Scissors

    Godwin is on the Bucs’ roster at the start of the season.

  36. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Exactly right DR. Same with the arguments on Shaq. Is it Vita Vea or is it Shaq?

    Its both people. But Shaq is special. Having JPP, Suh and VV allows Shaq to do his thing. Our offense scoring 30 pts allows our defense to attack. Put Lawrence Taylor on a bad front line and he would struggle; same with Shaq. Replace Brady with JW? hahahaha. Get it now all you Shaq haters?

    Its a team game!

  37. Oneilbuc Says:

    Look without a good defense it doesn’t matter who the quarterback is you are not going to win . A offense cannot put a defense in a good situation . Defense puts offenses in good situations . What happened in the championship game Brady threw 3 picks and the defense stepped up. The first game against the Packers the defense dominated the Packers offense. Brady had a 166 yards passing. You can win a championship with a good running game and a good defense and with a average quarterback . That’s a proven fact look at Rogers, Brees, Rivers, big Ben , who haven’t won in a long time because they don’t run the ball anymore. Rogers has 1 ring . Brees has 1 ring . Big Ben has 2 but look at those running games he had . That’s why I will always say that every quarterback needs a running game regardless how good they are and every team needs a good defense to win a championship. Go back and look at all those Patriots superbowls and look where those defenses were ranked in scoring. Wich means how many points they gave up. Go see how many times did a team put 30 points on them . And you will see why I don’t believe in goats in team sports anymore . And if it is possible Brady ain’t it.

  38. Youngbucs Says:

    Jameis Winston played defense though 🤯🤯🤯🤯

  39. Youngbucs Says:

    Hey oneil you know what you can’t win with 35 turnovers from your QB!!! But that some how seems to escape you. An all madden team can’t succeed with that happening beat it 🤡.

  40. Youngbucs Says:

    Lamar Jackson and the ravens have a top run gm. But they’re not gonna win nothing until he gets more explosive in the pass gm!!! This ain’t the 70’s oneilbucs you’re narratives are wack and hold no weight! Brady is the goat you’re just a hater who can’t except the facts. The Bucs 💯 percent made the right decision to change QBs. It’s undeniable you can say what you want.

  41. Youngbucs Says:

    First team in history to win super bowl with top 5 offense and defense!!!!! But but but man shutup.

  42. Youngbucs Says:

    3rd in passing yds 2nd in passing tds top 5 in turnover differential!!! It takes a team to win yes. And everyone in the Bucs organization said Brady is the difference from the owner’s down to the last man on the roster. It’s on record they have repeatedly said it but oneil knows more than them. We don’t have to speculate the people in the know have spoken!

  43. Oneilbuc Says:

    Youngbucs number 1. When did I bring up Jamies? 2 Again where was I wrong about winning championships? You can call it 1970 all you want but football games are still won in the trenches. And again you can’t name one superbowl where the defense was bad and the team couldn’t run the ball ? And you can go back to the pass 10 years. The national media has brain wash yall . I guess you like Colin Cowheard to a guy who only talk about the quarterback and quarterback only.

  44. Chuckufarley63 Says:

    The Defense definitely played lights out and deserves a great deal of the credit for winning the SB.
    Seeing as the goal now is to repeat, obviously keeping all the pieces from last year is #1 priority.
    Squabbling over “who” deserves More of the Cedit only diminishes what the Bucs accomplished.

  45. Oneilbuc Says:

    Chucku you are right bro I’m happy that the bucs won . I give credit to the hold team including Brady . But the people on this site only want to give credit to one guy just like the national media is trying to do just like they do the Patriots. The franchise has 2 superbowls .


    Oneil, when Indy beat Bears in SB, how was Indy’s defense? Was it KC’s Defense that won in 2019? How was the running game for Pat’s when they beat Atl in SB? How was the running game when Pats beat Seattle in SB? How was the running game when Pats beat St. Louis in first SB? How was the running game when Denver beat Carolina in SB? Everytime you write something you can’t back it up. Brady is the reason Bucs got to SB and a GREAT team of players followed suit. He was their leader.

  47. Oneilbuc Says:

    Listnfrmafar you must be a young guy because the Seahawks game it was the defense that won that game and bad coaching every body knows that . The Rams game both games was dominated by defenses .and remember Sonny Mitchell ran them to the superbowl . Blunt had 19 rushing touchdowns that season. And who close out the Cheifs superbowl the running back . And who held the 49ers to 20 points the defense . You see yall listening to the national media got yall blind you for got about Corey Dillon in the back field or Antwan Smith. They have yall believing that Brady didn’t have a good team in New England. Just like yall believe about the bucs . Me I’m a bucs fan!!


    I’ll say it again, who was the MVP in SB 2018? Edleman ( a wr didn’t know) not Sony Michel. It was Gronks reception that set up the 3 yard TD for Sony. In Seattle SB def almost lost game. They gave up TD with 6 seconds left in 1/2 and let them get down to 1 yard line at the end of game. If they gave ball to Lynch def would of lost the game. Brady brought them back in second 1/2. I am glad you have enjoyed the losing Bucs for years but now Brady is a Buc and you have something to cheer about.