One of the reasons the Raiders felt so comfortable trading for Carson Palmer last season — despite the QB being 31 years old at the time and having been on his couch for a few months holding out from the Bengals — is because of his familiarity with head coach Hue Jackson's offense. Palmer and Jackson worked together in Cincinnati, and the organization believed the signalcaller could lead the team to the postseason.
That didn't happen, as Palmer threw 16 interceptions in 10 games, and Oakland finished 8-8. Jackson was fired, and now a new head coach — Dennis Allen — and a new offensive coordinator — Greg Knapp — take over the team.
Knapp, the former QB coach of the Texans, runs a West Coast offense that utilizes the mobility of quarterbacks rolling out on play-actions. Palmer is a classic dropback passer with limited mobility. However Allen believes the two will work well together.
"I think absolutely (Palmer) can fit," Allen said of the offense. "We're not going to force-feed something if it doesn't fit what a guy does really well, we're not going to force-feed that. But I do think when you look at Carson Palmer, that he does have the same type of athleticism. He's as athletic as Matt Schaub, who they had in Houston, to really be able to run that same package."
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