A few days ago, Tank Johnson talked about the failed chemistry experiment that was the Cincinnati Bengals 2011 roster. It shouldn’t have surprised anyone that adding Terrell Owens to a mix that already included Chad Ochocinco could make things toxic.
Well, that’s precisely what happened, and it appears that Carson Palmer was poisoned in the process. So where does the team go from here? How do they put on the HAZMAT suits and clean things up?
Tank thinks it starts with Palmer. He argues that if Palmer doesn’t want to be back, the team should just let him go.
I disagree. Palmer is still the team’s best option at quarterback and he’s also extremely professional with the way that he handles himself. I don’t think a reluctant Palmer alone would make the team too volatile. Carson and Mike Brown could meet in the middle with a compromise that allows them both to save face.
One more year.
Palmer gets a year to try out for every other NFL team. Brown proves that he’s still in charge and can’t be bullied. The Bengals get a one-year bridge before Andy Dalton has to take over. It’s essentially the same plan that the team employed with Boomer Esiason’s exit. And everyone would gain from it.
It’s far from an ideal situation, but it’s the best plan. And with a quarterback who isn’t exactly happy, the team needs to purge itself of all the other caustic personalities. That means Ochocinco has to go and T.O. can’t come back. Those two departures alone will make for better chemistry.
It certainly can’t get any worse.