As you might have been able to tell with the lack of posts, it is very hard to get excited about anything NFL. Ohhhh, the Bengals decided to rebuild their team through WR, which has worked so well in the past! It honestly gets tiring to continually have to try and rationalize the Bengals decision-making.
So with that said, I still have have no idea what to think of the Carson Palmer situation. Here are the two main arguments that I can't decide which has more merit:
1. It makes me very sad that the first time Carson steps up to the team is to demand a trade. He has been largely silent on a team that needed a real leader. This year's team also could use his leadership. But he apparently has decided that he would rather leave and join a team where he can continue to defer to others when it comes to leadership.
2. Finally, Carson has stepped up and said something publicly to express his frustration with the direction of the team. Signing Marvin and drafting a top WR, regardless of the track record of high draft WRs, has done nothing to change Carson's outlook of the future success of the team. Like we at WDR have said, this is like using makeup to cover up a cancer cell. Might look better but you have done nothing to cure the underlying disease. But at least it's something - and maybe this will not only encourage other players to stand up but also will show fans that there is something seriously wrong when your $100M arm is threatening to retire vs. play for your team.
Now I also know that there is no way that Carson will be traded. Mike Brown reiterated yesterday that have no intention of trading Carson, and that they will meet Carson's bluff and force him to retire. This should not be a surprise to anyone who has followed the Bengals and remembers their history in dealing with disgruntled players.
In the short term, the Bengals would probably win a few more games with Carson over Andy Dalton, but Carson's productivity is certainly declining so who knows what the true tradeoff. I guess my severely pessimistic opinion really is, "If Carson is a Bengal next year or not, what does that really change, in the short term or long term?" If there is a season, the 2011 Bengals are not a playoff team with Carson and there are not a playoff team without Carson. Does this improve their chances long term? It's hard to look be convinced that anything will affect how the Bengals do business. But like everything with Bengals fans, here's to hoping.