A few days into training camp and the Oakland Raiders' new coach and the team's veteran quarterback are reading from the same script.
"Absolutely," quarterback Carson Palmer said.
"Absolutely," Raiders coach Dennis Allen responded a few minutes and feet away.
The line that preceded the identical refrains was straightforward: Is Carson Palmer -- who passed for more than 3,970 yards just once over the past four seasons -- still an elite quarterback? The Raiders' previous regime apparently thought so as Oakland gave up a first-round selection in the 2012 draft along with a conditional second-round pick in 2013 to the Cincinnati Bengals for Palmer's services midway through last season.
Allen was the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos when the Raiders secured Palmer, who sat out the entire preseason along with the first six games of the regular season in a dispute with Bengals management. There's no way he could have buyer's remorse, but Allen appears to be more than content...