Bengals Early Bird Special: It's The End of An Era

Good morning everyone! Time to head to work before you're late and well...you know the rest.

It's official! Carson Palmer is no longer a Bengal! Time to celebrate and rejoice! It's the end of an era and the official beginning of a new one.

In all honesty though, it's a bit disappointing to see Palmer leave. Yes, everyone refers to him as a "quitter" now, but let's take a step back for a minute and examine his career a bit more.

Carson arrived in Cincinnati after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 draft out of USC. He came here with high expectations considering he came from an elite college program where he posted monstrous numbers. Palmer was expected to take the Bengals to the playoffs on a regular basis. 

Before he arrived in Cincinnati when was the last time the Bengals were in the playoffs? What image did the Bengals have? Were they a winning franchise or a struggling franchise?

He helped remold their image into a more respectable franchise. Carson helped lead the Bengals to two playoff appearances during his Bengals tenure. Even though he was inconsistent on leading the team to the postseason, at least he lead them there more than any other quarterback since the late 1980s. Despite never making it past the first round, I give him credit for getting the Bengals in the playoffs.

He went from being an "elite" quarterback to an "average" one by the time his career in the Queen City ended. Best way to evaluate Palmer is that he was a solid quarterback that lacked the tangibles to become and remain an "elite" quarterback.

So I wish Carson the best of luck in Oakland, (except when the Raiders face the Bengals). I honestly hope he finds some success as a Raider. However, here in Cincinnati we have been more than ready to finally close the chapter on Palmer and welcome in the new Andy Dalton/A.J. Green era.

Alright here is what you may have missed or overlooked from Tuesday.

 

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