Most Bengals fans have moved on from Carson Palmer, figuring that his presence alone could poison what figures to be a re-energized locker room. Mike Brown hasn’t. And I haven’t either. I figure if there’s a way to get Carson back on board for one year, it would give Andy Dalton time to adjust, and still give the Bengals their best chance to win in 2011. I also believe Palmer could win over the locker room once again by showing that he’s fully committed to the team, working as hard or harder than everyone else. And I know I’m in the minority here.
Crazy as it may sound, I still believe Palmer is in the upper-echelon of NFL quarterbacks and last year’s struggles were more of a result of miscommunication with new (or undisciplined wideouts), than a general indictment of Palmer overall. Palmer is probably better than you realize.
And there’s someone else out there who feels the same way. Baltus Dinglehammer, a creatively-named denizen of the Bengals message boards, offers up an interesting argument in support of Palmer. It turns out that Carson has had a passer rating of 100 or more in 11 of his 51 losses, which seems to suggest he’s been a consistent victim of bad defense and poor special teams.
It might be an unpopular view, I suppose, but it’s also true. Now, let me get out of the way before the slings and arrows really start to fall.
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