'Last year wasn't good enough': QB Carson Palmer says the Cardinals can be even better this year

Posted at 2:25 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 17:26:56-04

On Thursday, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the only acceptable outcome for his team in the 2016 season is a Super Bowl ring.

On Friday, Cards quarterback Carson Palmer echoed his coach's sentiments, noting that a 13-3 regular-season record and an NFC Championship Game appearance last year weren't enough to satisfy him or his teammates.

"Last year wasn't good enough," Palmer said Friday during the team's first full day of training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium.

"The guys that were here know that. The guys that have come in -- we don't have any guys coming off a Super Bowl team other than (guard Evan Mathis). We've got a guy that knows what it's like, but most of the guys are just hungry because they didn't get it last year."

Palmer had the best season of his NFL career in 2015 and was in the league MVP discussion throughout most of last season. But he had a pair of sub-par performances in the playoffs, including in the Cards' NFC Championship Game loss at the Carolina Panthers when he committed six turnovers, including four interceptions.

Palmer said he's looking forward to putting in the necessary work to help his team get over the hump this year -- "I feel as good as I probably felt 10, 12 years ago going into training camp," he said -- and he's confident his teammates are prepared to do the same.

"No doubt, that's a big part of what's going on in our locker room, because we've got to get better and we want to get better," he said. "That's what it takes, is the realization that you need to get better and the desire to get better, and we have that."