Bess Shapiro

Raiders Can Be Better Within AFC West

Created on Jul. 11, 2013 11:07 PM EST

Palmer Paid the Price in 2012

Protect the quarterback. Regardless of whom gets Oakland’s starting QB job, the offensive line needs to give plays time to develop. Last season Carson Palmer was sacked four times for 31 yards in both games against the Broncos, who ranked fourth last season in scoring defense. He fared better against San Diego, but was still sacked three times for 21 yards. With enough time, the QB can get a short pass to Jacoby Ford or a long strike to Denarius Moore or Rod Streater.