Being from Philadelphia, I’m a Philadelphia Eagles fan, but the positions for blogging about the Birds are already fulfilled. So I had a few NFL options and went with the Bengals. The NFL is my forte, and I absolutely felt that I had to write for an NFL team. Essentially what Bengals fans will read is an unbiased perspective from a fan of a team in the opposing conference. So with that, let’s talk about the field generals of Cincinnati.
(Starter) Carson Palmer- 282/466 60.5% 3,094 YDS 21 TD 13 INT 83.6 QB Rat
Cincinnati imposed a physical run-oriented brand of football last season with the emergence of a rejuvanated Cedric Benson. Palmer has started all 16 games of an NFL season 4 times in his career, and last season was his least number of pass attempts in those 4 years. T.J. Houshmenzadeh took his services and his awesome hair to Seattle, the Laveraneus Cole’s signing did not pay off and Chris Henry suffered a season ending injury. Palmer was just 16th in the NFL in quarterback rating. Overall the team finished 26th in passing offense. So my question is, did Palmer have a bad season due to his receiving core, or is Palmer starting to break down? He failed to exceed the 200 yard passing mark in 5 of his final 10 contests. With the signings of Terrell Owens, Antonio Bryant and Matt Jones; plus the drafting of wide receivers Dezmon Briscoe, Jordan Shipley and tight end Jermaine Gresham we will find out if indeed Palmer can get back to elite quarterback status.
Durability is a legitimate concern for Palmer. He’s suffered 3 major injuries in the past 5 seasons. In the 2005 wild-card game against Pittsburgh, he suffered an ACL injury in his left knee. A right elbow injury ended his 2008 campaign and he played through a broken left thumb on his non-throwing hand last season. Palmer is now 30, but if he can maintain a clean bill of health he still has some decent years ahead of him.
Palmer has all the attributes, and now weapons, to get back to his 2005 NFL Pro-Bowl status. Although he struggled with his accuracy last season, that was unlike Palmer. He’s now 2 years removed from his 2008 right elbow injury, so again, we’ll see if he can get his accuracy back. After watching some tape, I noticed that Palmer has underrated mobility scrambling out of the pocket and keeping plays alive with his legs. Through all the struggles, Palmer showed leadership in the clutch by leading Cincinnati to 8 late-game scoring drives that either gave them a lead or tie.
(Backup) J.T. O’Sullivan 4/11 36.4% 40 YDS 0 TD 0 INT 47.5 QB RAT
O’Sullivan previously started at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He’s a gunslinger who gets hot-and-cold. He turns the ball over too often.
(3rd QB) Jordan Palmer DNP
Jordan Palmer is the younger brother of Carson Palmer.
OVERALL GRADE- 7.5
So how does Carson Palmer stack up with the rest of the quarterbacks in the NFL. Listed below are my preseason 2010 quarterback rankings.
Peyton Manning (Ind)
Tom Brady (Ne)
Drew Brees (No)
Philip Rivers (Sd)
Ben Roethlesberger (Pit)
Tony Romo (Dal)
Brett Favre (Min)
Matt Ryan (Atl)
Aaron Rodgers (Gb)
Joe Flacco (Bal)
(To view the rest of my rankings, and where Carson Palmer fits into the equation, clink the link below)
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!