Carson Palmer has been given riches he did not earn. Carson Palmer was given the title of elite, yet he is consistently mediocre. His failures in Cincinnati were charged to the game because of the “environment”, but now it is time for the Palmer to earn his keep.
Since day one Palmer has been given things he did not earn. The quarterback was given the Bengal’s starting quarterback position by head coach Marvin Lewis, after Jon Kitna had led the perennial basement dwellers to respectability.
In 2003 then quarterback Jon Kitna led the Bengals to an 8 – 8 record. To some that is a bad season, but for a Cincinnati club that had not been .500 or better for seven seasons that had to feel like a division crown. Coming off their first respectable year since 1996 the Bengals were actually excited about playing football.
Then Head Coach Marvin Lewis informed Kitna his reward for turning the team around was a spot behind the measurable champ named Carson Palmer. This is the prominent pattern that has developed in Carson’s career. The quarterback has earned little and been given much. Here we sit once again an injury to true Raider’s starting quarterback Jason Campbell has given Palmer another chance that he has not earned. How he got here no longer matters, it is time for Palmer to get it together or leave it alone.
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