How a young Cardinals’ head coach saved his job and led them to Super Bowl 50
Arizona Cardinals head coach Todd Bowles says his team was in “great shape” before the season started, but a bad performance by quarterback Carson Palmer put a damper on things.
“We weren’t ready to play,” Bowles told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington in an exclusive interview.
“I think that was the first time I’ve ever seen the quarterback not have a lot of confidence.
And the reason is, he was having a really bad game.
We’re going to have to figure this out together.'” “
The second game, I think the way he played, I thought, ‘He’s got a lot to learn, he’s got to learn the game.
We’re going to have to figure this out together.'”
Palmer went 7-for-15 for 66 yards with two touchdowns and a fumble Sunday night, a loss that was a big blow to the Cardinals’ hopes of making the playoffs.
“It was really disappointing,” Bowens said.
“Carson Palmer was really struggling.
That was a tough blow.
He was trying to play through it.
He got hurt again and I was really concerned about the next week, and it didn’t work out that way.”
The Cardinals, who lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the NFC title game, are 6-6 and will host the New England Patriots on Monday night.
The Cardinals lost quarterback Carson Wentz to a knee injury in the third quarter Sunday, leaving Bowles to turn to Carson Palmer, who threw for three touchdowns and rushed for four more in the loss.
Palmer was the last quarterback in NFL history to rush for 400 yards in two consecutive games, and Bowles believes Palmer’s production is off the charts.
“He’s a really good quarterback,” Bowels said.
“[But] I think he has to be a little bit more confident.”
Palmer threw a pass that was intercepted in the first quarter, but he then threw a second interception in the second half.
Bowles said he didn