Doyel brings out the hammer on Carson, claiming that Carson and Carson alone had the power to change things in Cincy, and now when he failed to step up and be the leader that Cincinnati needed, he is taking the easy way out. The whole "Carson and only Carson had the chance to change things" was a topic we discussed back in December. On another team that has a natural leader, maybe it would have been OK for Carson to be a "Quiet Leader." But with a weak HC and a weak QB, you get a team run by Chad Johnson. As Doyel puts it, "...Carson Palmer, exerting none of his influence, diminishing his own power to the point that he was the team's most expensive player, most important player, maybe even its most talented player -- but he was just another guy in that locker room. No more influential than anyone else."
Daughtery takes a different tact, using Carson's willingness to walk away from millions as another indictment for an organization that is clearly not committed to winning. As Doc says, "Palmer is a grounded homebody, who doesn’t need the money, not even $50 million. He hunts some, he plays some golf. He’s not a conspicuous consumer. The man is desperate enough to float retirement as an alternative. That says more about the franchise than it does about him.
Palmer took a beating in 2010, on the field and in the court of public opinion. He’s fed up. Can you blame him?"
So far, I am still not sure what to think. There is clearly a lot of middle ground between both of these sentiments. Yes, Carson has failed to become the vocal leader that the Bengals need in the locker room and has failed to step up to ownership and demand changes. But, as Doc says, can you really blame him? And if fan discontentment is already sky high, with fans cancelling season tickets right and left, would Bengals fans FINALLY turn on Mike Brown if Carson was let go? Would that finally be the catalyst for some changes?