Re: Willie Parker Out for Season
The Palmer injury was much more crippling for the Bengals for 2 reasons. 1. It was at the beginning of a Playoff game that was planned for with Palmer at the helm and running the team. Do you think they even had a thought of losing Palmer during that game? 2. Which I guess is more like 1a is that the quarterback runs the team. Yes, losing a running back can suck, but they don't run the team like the QB.
No matter how prepared you make yourself by planning with the 2nd QB like they were going to start, you just can't prepare enough as far as planning goes. Palmer and Kitna were 2 different types of QBs, so you team has to plan around which ever one is going to start.
Having said that, don't think for a second that the Steelers will be hurting for too long. They can get a running back that will run enough to free up Ben. He has shown the ability to beat teams with his arm. I very much doubt that any Steelers fans will be complaining about the injury come the playoffs. And I am a Bengals fan.