Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/20/11
It’s still possible that the Cincinnati Bengals would have drafted Andy Dalton whether Carson Palmer had played this season or not but I doubt it. More than likely they would have drafted someone a little lower since the coaching staff seemed to have so much confidence in Palmer’s abilities. They still would have drafted A. J. Green though since their receiving corps was so weak. But Palmer made it clear way before the draft that he would never suit up for the Bengals again. This started the chain of events that have the Bengals where they are now: sitting in second place in the AFC North with a 4-2 record. Dalton came to the team knowing that he was the man. He didn’t have to look over his shoulder or worry about getting yanked when he made mistakes. He also didn’t have to worry about a certain loud-mouth wide receiver who would have been calling for the ball every play. Once the Bengals knew they wouldn’t have Palmer, there was no need to keep Chad Ochocinco around. They could start the rebuilding process without having to worry about the pressure of making the playoffs since the expectations on Dalton were [...]
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