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How Quarterbacks digest an NFL offensive game plan

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35 year old, Carson Palmer is having one of his best years as a pro. The Cardinals are 7-2 and in 1st place in the NFL West.

Peter King spent time with Palmer recently to learn how the quarterback with a 75-75 career record in the league is having such a great season...and it all starts with how he digests Bruce Arians' offensive game plan.

The game plan arrives in Palmer's email shortly after 7pm Tuesday evening. 171 plays. That night, Palmer says to King, "I'm freaking out right now. I have so much to do. But I'm weird. I'll get it done. I always do. And I'll get it done with plenty of time, and I will feel fantastic on Friday. That whiteboard you saw this afternoon, after I go through and I have digested everything? I'll be money on those plays. I'll know what I am doing versus every possible Cleveland pressure. If we get that pressure, we will gash that. By Friday when I go up and circle the plays I want, and I can sit down on the plane and study for the whole flight what I need to study and clean everything up, it's just a very [audible sigh], weight off your shoulders when you know it."

The entire thing is a great read, well worth your time.