Carson Palmer Discusses Raider Nation, Upset Team Is Moving To Las Vegas

Palmer loved his time in Oakland – and he's "absolutely" upset that the franchise is moving to Las Vegas

The DA Show
November 01, 2018 - 11:15 am

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When you reflect on Carson Palmer’s career, perhaps you think of where it started: Cincinnati, where he played from 2003-10. Or, perhaps you think of where it ended: Arizona, where he played from 2013-17.

But you might not think of the middle: Palmer was quarterback for the Oakland Raiders from 2011-12.

“It was odd, there’s no doubt,” Palmer said on The DA Show. “I got traded there the week that Al Davis died, so it was an odd time. It was just an odd time structurally from an organizational standpoint. Al had been such a figure within that organization and such a decision-maker, and then when he was gone, there was some turmoil and there was some crazy changes on the roster because there were so many salary-cap issues from years past and so much turnover. It was an odd time.

“But there’s nothing like playing for the Oakland Raiders,” Palmer continued. “There’s nothing like being in The Black Hole, being a part of the Raider Nation, going to play against the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota and showing up at the team hotel and there’s 4,000 fans sitting there waiting as you enter the hotel. Every stadium you go into, the Raider Nation is there no matter where you’re playing in this country. That part was special.”

The Raiders went 8-8 in 2011 and 4-12 in 2012. They didn’t made the playoffs either year, but the love Palmer felt there was palpable.

“There’s a handful of guys that I still love to this day that I had a chance to play with and be teammates with,” he said. “It was definitely an odd time and a weird roller-coaster part of my career, but there is something special about the Raider Nation. I think everybody that’s ever played for the Raiders knows that and would agree with that.”

Palmer, 38, said he is “absolutely” upset that the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.

“I hate that that happened,” he said. “As sad as the organization has been over the last couple decades, that group of fans and the Raider Nation has not faltered. They have not changed. They still show up to games. They still love their team and love the Raiders, and I hate to see that they're moving. It hurts to see. I think everybody that’s ever walked into Oakland Coliseum, any player that has played in front of that fan base, just feels the connection. There’s a different connection to the Raider Nation than there probably is anywhere else in the league, and I hate to see that they’re not going to be in Oakland anymore.”

The Raiders, who opened the season with a 33-13 home loss to the Rams on Monday Night Football, play three of their next four games on the road, beginning this Sunday in Denver. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.