Ken Zampese: Carson Palmer Will Answer His Critics This Year

GEORGETOWN KY - JULY 31: Carson Palmer #9 (left) of the Cincinnati Bengals talks with Cedric Benson #32 during the Bengals training camp at Georgetown College on July 31 2010 in Georgetown Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

One of our Training Camp/Preseason storylines that will undoubtedly carry into the regular season simply because of its significance, is the return of Carson Palmer. Alright, so we have a TON of things we're looking forward to. One of the major things is Palmer. Alright, so we have a TON of major things. What do you expect? We're pretty obsessed with the Bengals, man. Can you tell?

But we're not talking about return, as in he's been gone. We're more or less referring to his return, like the man once called the God of the Golden Arms, a son of Cronus and Rhea, older brother of Zeus.

Bengals quarterback Ken Zampese believes that this is the year that Palmer "silences his critics."

“He does a lot more than anybody thinks he does,” the team’s quarterbacks coach said. “He’ll grab someone and walk into the film room immediately after practice. He won’t say anything about it and nobody knows he does it. Carson’s communication skills are terrific, but you may not see it because it may happen at the dorm or during special teams. Just different places where he can hit a particular topic and get something accomplished. He’s a terrific player.”

“I believe Carson will silence his critics with his play,” Zampese said. “I will let his play speak for me as well because I’m only as good as he plays. We’ll let that handle itself. We’re really not concerned with the negativity. People can say what they want to say. That’s fine.”

“We’d like to get the ball downfield more, which plays to Carson’s strengths,” Zampese said. “We weren’t able to do that last year for different reasons. I think we have the players and the running game where we can hold the ball a little bit and throw it down the field. I believe we have better skill level guys around us giving us more opportunities. I want to see Carson use the techniques that we have been working on and watch those things help him play at an even higher level. We put in a lot of work over the past two springs perfecting his techniques. I have high expectations for these little things making big impacts in his performance during the year.”

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