Cardinals QB1: The Franchise Focus with Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer
There’s no inside information here. Just really good insight.
The Arizona Cardinals face a franchise-altering choice with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. They can draft Kyler Murray, putting the offense in the hands of a non-traditional signal-caller led by a non-traditional head-coaching hire.
Or they can stick to their guns and let head coach Kliff Kingsbury guide second-year quarterback Josh Rosen, last year’s No. 10 overall draft pick.
We don’t know what they’ll do with this quarterback conundrum, but we know who to ask to make the best educated guess. Doug & Wolf from 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station went to decorated former Cardinals quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer for answers.
In a special podcast, “Cardinals QB1: The Franchise Focus,” Warner and Palmer dish on what it’s like to be a franchise quarterback, the narrative surrounding Rosen’s uncertain future with Arizona as the draft nears, and what Murray could potentially bring to the desert.
You can find a list of topics covered in the hour-plus interview with the two former franchise quarterbacks below.
0:02 – What is it like to be a franchise QB?
8:00 – How hard is it for guys with iffy character to handle the pressure of being a franchise QB?
11:43 – Was it hard to walk away from the responsibility of being a franchise QB and become a civilian?
21:57 – How do you know a QB loves the game?
31:10 – What did you think when Rosen was the first guy in the building as offseason workouts began?
33:45 – Should the Cardinals give Rosen an explanation of their non-commitment? How should they handle Rosen?
38:00 – Was it ever weird that Palmer went from the young guy on the bench learning from Jon Kitna, to then Kitna being on the bench watching Palmer start?
39:00 – Did Warner feel bad that he wasn’t the first person to call Eli after finding out Kitna was the first to call Palmer?
40:55 – What advice would they give Josh Rosen if he called Warner or Palmer?
44:45 – How do you handle being the Heisman trophy winner and the No. 1 overall pick? What is something that Murray would have no idea to prepare for until he goes through it?
50:00 – How would drafting back-to-back QBs impact the locker room?
52:00 – How would Palmer have felt if the Bengals drafted a QB in the first round the year after drafting him?
57:00 – Are sometimes the wrong guys asking the wrong questions of Murray or Rosen in the evaluation process?
1:00:20 – What is the definition of a franchise QB in 2019?
1:00:45 – Is the dropback QB dead or should it be?
1:07:35 – If Warner and Palmer had the No. 1 overall pick, what would they do?
1:11:25 – Do they buy the narrative that certain QBs fit a certain offense better than somebody else?
1:15:30 – Palmer tells a story about Warner that Warner has never heard