Re: Big Ben is da man!
Ben was more efficient than Palmer last season.
However, Carson Palmer has raw talent...if he can cut down on his mistakes and bad decisions, then he will be fine. For this reason I think Palmer will have a better career than Roethlisberger when it's all said and done.
Palmer really broke through during the ravens game last year when he basically put up 21 points on them in the fourth quarter. After that game he really started playing more comfortably and with more poise.
He has no reason not to throw for 3,500+ yards and 30 TD's next season barring injury with the guys surrounding him on offense. The key will be cutting down on those bad decisions and forced throws leading to interceptions. I think he will be OK in that department, also. Reason being? During the second half of the season he actually started to realize that he had more than one receiver who could make plays, hence the second half surge of TJ Houshmandzadeh. In the first half of the season he would force a lot of throws to Chad whenever he got in trouble, later in the season he started spreading the ball out more to the other receivers.
Now with Peter Warrick healthy in the slot and the rookie Chris Henry as the 4th receiver and additional deep ball threat, Carson has all the tools, he just needs to make better decisions. Oh yeah, a healthy Chris Perry helps too...he's a great pass catching back for third downs.