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Mort Report: Nine Wants Out

As if watching the Steelers squeak out another win wasn’t bad enough, I held back the dry heaves long enough to see that according to a Chris Mortensen ESPN report, Carson Palmer wants a trade out of Cincinnati.  The report even went so far as to say that he’d contemplate retirement if he doesn’t get his wish.  While so far no one has been able to get a hold of Palmer, sources say he is concered about the lack of consistency in the organization as reasons for his move.  And here I thought consistency was the problem, as this team is consistently bad.

At any rate, this looks like Takeo Spikes, Corey Dillon, Carl Pickens, and Chad Ochocinco all over again.  Sooner or later, the rats jump the ship.


For all the fan criticism and questioning of whether his skills have diminshed, Carson Palmer remains one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league and this cannot be seen as good news for the team as it heads into the offseason.  Mort mentioned Seattle, San Francisco, and Arizona as possible trade partners.  Oakland would presumably be a contender as well. 

Palmer has about 50 million left on his existing contract which he signed at the end of the 2005 season.  The contract at the time made him the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Speculating on this for a moment, here are some thoughts on what might prompting this:

  • No changes to the offensive coaching staff:  Palmer could be feeling the same way most fans do–that the offense is stale and predictable.  Perhaps now with the feeling that OC Bob Bratkowski will return, he’s taking drastic measures.
  • Changes to the offensive coaching staff:  Conversely, perhaps Palmer is hearing that the team is pursuing Brad Childress as OC, and his good-guy loyalty to Bratkowski and his desire to remain “consistent” in a scheme is making him send a message to the organization that he’s not interested in changes.
  • Same old; Same old:  We’ve seen it happen before.  Playing for the Bengals is a soul-sucking experience for even the strongest competitors. Maybe he’s just sick and tired of losing, and genuinely wants a fresh start someplace else–preferably on the west coast where he and his wife are from.

No matter whether you like Palmer or don’t like him, this is not good news for the organization.  The back-up situation is sketchy at best.  The team has Carson’s brother, Jordan, and rookie Dan Lefevour on the roster.  Neither has any experience of note.

Whether Palmer ultimately stays or goes, you can now bet that the team will draft at least one quarterback in April, probably two.  Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, or Jake Looker are all now in play with the team’s first round pick.  This development hinders their ability to go after other positions of need.  With Chad Ochocinco probably gone and T.O. definitely gone, Georgia WR A.J. Green was a strong possibility.  With Johnathan Joseph potentially gone in free agency, one of the CB’s listed at the top of the round would have also been more of a need with Palmer in the fold.

Right now, I see nothing positive from this development, and will be eager to hear of any follow-on reports from Mortensen, Florio, or the local media.

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  2. Marvin has been a weight on Carson all season long by interfering with the free exercise of the offensive game plan. How can the head coach interfere? Well an example would be to tell the coordinator;
    “I want a ball control offense with low risk passes, so that my Defense can decide the game”

    This puts a frame around the game and when it doesn’t work, a backlash erupts. That’s an example of fencing in.

    So The Quarterback hearing the Boo’s decides, “Get yourself a Ball Control quarterback, I want free reign to throw it. He greaves that he is not getting it done so he makes management a offer.

    Marvin is a narrow constructions kind of coach who has compatability problems with offensive players. Note: Cory Dillon, Chris Henry, and now Chad Ocho Cinco. Marvin understands the basics of the football manual but comes up short on creativity, ingenuity, tactical movements. He is not a sky hook. He pushes up from the bottom rather than lift from the top ala Bill Walsh.

    An answer is to get Marvin Completely out of the offensive plan.

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