The football world is abuzz over this weekend’s game between the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals. The buzz centers around their respective quarterbacks, both of whom are former Heisman Trophy winners. However, when it comes to other similarities between Carolina’s Cam Newton (#13 FCIR) and Arizona’s Carlson Palmer (#4 BEAL), you’ll be hard-pressed to find any! For starters, the two men possess exactly opposite Brain Types, and as one author notes, “It took Palmer 13 seasons to find postseason success. It took Newton just four.”

Those who have been following the i-Blog for the last few years know what we predicted for Palmer before he even entered the league. While much of the media was predicting greatness, we, on the other hand, predicted the possibility for “goodness.”  There have been no #4 BEAL quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, in-so-far as we know, so this prediction was, even for us, going out on a bit of a limb. Jon Niednagel even went on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” to share this information, and Insiders can read our in-depth, exhaustive article from back in 2004, “Carson Palmer: Another Manning or Leaf?” It is interesting to note how we stated from the very beginning that Carson, with his Left brained, mechanical EA ‘dove’ gross motor skills, would be able to throw both the long and accurate ball. Not surprisingly, even in his advancing age (especially for QBs), he is still known as one of the best long-ball, and accurate passers, in the league.

At any rate, it has certainly been a rough road for Palmer over the years, and as the previously quoted author pointed out, it has taken him 13 long seasons to finally find post season success (and it’s taken arguably the NFL’s best team and receiving corps to achieve it!). From 2008 to 2010, in fact, Palmer’s QB rating was 50, which ranked 26th in the NFL (according to ESPN Stats & Information). He threw 50 touchdowns and 37 interceptions during this time-frame, tying a career high with 20 interceptions in 2010, and his 23 turnovers were fourth most in the NFL. Things didn’t improved all that dramatically over the next couple of years, though Palmer’s numbers have improved in recent seasons. Again, let’s recall what we wrote several years ago.

When CP is playing relaxed and properly accessing his Right-brained spatial logic, he will perform as a good BEAR quarterback (#2, e.g., Eli Manning). The BEA_ cerebral factors will be working and he’ll transition into the less comfortable (for him) Right brain, not only seeing the field well but throwing and running smoothly with superb rhythm and tempo. Achieving these traits will not come easily for CP if he’s uptight. On the other hand, CP’s BEAL wiring is actually innately superior to the BEAR genotype in such critical areas as self-discipline, work ethic, self-responsibility, studying plays, wanting to please others, team spirit, paying attention/listening, being aware of what’s going on, and even throwing mechanics. Nonetheless, if the BEAL doesn’t loosen up on the field, playing with fluidity and spatial awareness, he’s in for a long day.

If you happened to watch last weekend’s game against the Packers, CP melted multiple times and was extraordinarily fortunate to have won the game and gain redemption, thanks to Larry Fitzgerald bailing him out. To be sure, Palmer is currently in an ideal position with the Arizona Cardinals, having some phenomenal receivers, defensive linemen, and top-notch coaching staff. If he can stay relaxed and conservative this weekend, where he will be playing away from home, he has the ability to play a good game. However, if he has to process matters quickly, and if his own teammates begin to lose confidence in him, his gross-motors will tighten, his L-brained vision will go tunnel, and you may witness “a long day” for CP.

In the end, as we’ve said prior to his NFL career, Heisman winner Carson Palmer will never be a (non-Heisman winner) Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, or John Elway (all FEIRs). Although it’s unfortunate that it’s taken him 13 seasons to find success, if he is able to end his career well, he may leave a legacy of a ‘good’ quarterback (or maybe even a very good QB, thanks to his personable #4 ways which gathers adoring fans, including many in media).

This weekend, Brain Types will clash as the Animate feeling Tom Brady (#9 FCAR) duels with Inanimate thinking Peyton Manning (#5), and the #13 FCIR goes head-to-head (mentally and physically) against the #4 BEAL!

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