Mike Brown has once again proven to us that he should never, EVER, utter a spoken word to a reporter, microphone, or tape recorder. Doing so only re-confirms the notion that he is either totally misguided, or colossally stupid.
History suggests the latter.
Despite the facts that we elucidated recently about Palmer (unmotivated, meek, diminished skills), Brown refuses to discuss even the remotest possibility of dealing the 31-year old quarterback.
“I haven’t talked to any other team about him and I have no plans to trade him.” Sith Lord said. He also gave Reedy this little gem: “I don’t see any opportunity to get what I consider to be value.”
This despite a pile of teams lining up for his services including Seattle, San Francisco, Arizona, Minnesota, and Miami.
Instead, Brown holds to the self-induced fantasy that Palmer will not only come back, but become the leader the franchise needs and return to pro-bowl form.
The guy likes to gamble, gotta give him that.
But in the meantime, while Brown hopes that Palmer will “come around,” Marvin Lewis has a football team to build and a season to prepare for. This, unfortunately, means that whether Palmer returns or not, the team will be forced to pursue options at QB in free agency (whenever that happens) and the draft.
So let’s talk about “value” for a second, old man. If you spend free agency dollars and/or draft picks on a back-up plan to Palmer (which you assuredly will) and he does come back, then you’ve spent “value” that could have been applied to other areas of the team in dire need. The “value” obtained in a shiny new back-up QB certainly won’t match the value of say, a CB, WR, or DT.
If Palmer doesn’t come back and you don’t trade him away, then you’ll lose the benefits of any draft picks or players you could obtain in a mutually-beneficial trade. Call me crazy, but I have high confidence that one of the aforementioned teams would produce a package of value that would equal that of a QB who threw 20 interceptions last year.
Refusing to trade Palmer, and not getting him back in the fold represents a LOSS of value. it’s called “opportunity cost” and you should be aware of the concept.
Meanwhile you are forcing your coach to work with one hand tied behind his back, and for the team to lose a chance at a game-breaking player for the sake of covering its ass along with your ego and old-school inflexibility.
Thanks a lot, moron.