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Cardinals DL Calais Campbell believes Carson Palmer will lead them to NFC West crown

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell believes that Carson Palmer has the chops to lead the Cardinals to the playoffs.


The Arizona Cardinals are something of a wildcard to me. On paper, they look like a trainwreck, and pairing an aging, deteriorating Carson Palmer with the worst offensive line in football can't help that. But at least one Cardinals player believes that Palmer's addition will do more than improve the team ... he'll push them to the top of the NFC West.

Cardinals defensive linemen Calais Campbell recently said that the team could win the NFC West, and when asked why, he told Mike Freeman of CBS Sports "We have a quarterback."

Campbell said that winning the division is now a realistic goal because they have a "real quarterback" to go with their "good defense." Further burying the likes of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, Campbell said that he told Palmer that he's "never really played with a good quarterback before."

So, the craziness of the 5-11 Cardinals suddenly being an 11-to-12-win team thanks to the addition of Palmer is something Campbell believes in. Personally, I find it a little bit odd. Arizona has the worst defense in the division, so they would need to significantly beat the rest of the teams in the quarterback area.

And I'm not seeing that with Palmer. Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are already better than Palmer, barring unforeseen slumps after strong seasons. I also think a lot of people overlook the fact that Sam Bradford threw for more than 4,000 yards last season -- more than Wilson and the combination of Kaepernick and Alex Smith.

Palmer is the worst starting quarterback in the division, and he comes to assist the worst defense in the division. So ... keep dreaming Campbell?

Then again, maybe there are those among you who truly fear what Palmer brings to the table. I do think he's got a lot left to offer, and think he was set up to fail in Oakland. He'll get Larry Fitzgerald the ball more than the other quarterbacks have been able to, but how many times can he be put on the ground before he just isn't effective anymore?

We'll find out!