Michael Silver from yahoo talked to Carson about the Bengals and his arm last week and I really like what the real Cincinnati redeemer said.
“We’re gonna be really good, I guarantee it,” Palmer said during a recent phone conversation. There was a long silence before he continued:
“We’ve got a great thing going this offseason. We’ve got such a good locker room. There’s so much more competitiveness this year. I really think we’re gonna surprise people.
“They’ll be saying, ‘Wow, the Bengals are 6-0 … Wow, the Bengals are 10-2. Where did this come from?’ We’re set up perfectly. We’re kind of under the radar. We have no prime-time games. There’s absolutely no hype. And for a young team trying to find itself, that’s perfect.”
That's a money quote kids. Now I am definitely not the most optimistic Bengals fan out there, but to hear the leader and most important player on your team display that type of confidence is sweet music.
Most importantly this is what he said about his arm.
According to Palmer, surgery “was the best decision I never made. My arm’s 100 percent. I’ve been throwing and working out and there are no limitations. Allowing the ligament to heal on its own was a great thing. It proved a lot of people wrong.”
I would love for this to be true. The less discussion about his arm the better. Another season with a backup QB getting most of the starts gives me, and most of my immediate family, night tremors.
“To be honest with you, I have no clue what’s going on with Chad,” Palmer says. “There are a lot of guys who want to take his position, I’ll tell you that. Chad’s got more skins on the wall and is obviously still an unbelievable talent. But these guys aren’t scared. They want his spot, and they’re going to compete every day of the offseason.
“We’ve got guys who want [Ochocinco and Houshmandzadeh’s] jobs so bad, it’s crazy. They’ll do anything. Guys like Andre Caldwell(notes), who’s a hungry young receiver, and Jerome Simpson(notes), a second-year guy from Coastal Carolina. They’re ready to do whatever I ask them, and whatever coach asks of them. The team chemistry overall is awesome.”
I love it. It's like he threw Chad a fade with that statement and now Chad just has to go get it.