Re: Carson Palmer signs Extension
It really is impossible to determine the malicious intent of a late hit. It is very difficult to tell from replays or from the stands whether a player is trying to hold up or whether he is out of control.
The Steelers feel that they are a "physical" team, and they feel like "establishing" this "fact" is a part of their game plan. At the beginning of the game, the Steelers were blocking and posturing after the play in a really excessive way. The refs called no fouls, then there was the late hit on Palmer.
Its really up to the NFL's administrators if they want to protect skill players from late hits. If I were part of the NFL admins., I would be disgusted with the Steelers and their game plan and how that impacted this game.
Bengals fans - don't feel badly. You got a bad break, but that's the NFL playoffs. You'll get good breaks eventually. Palmer will come back, although training camp should be a pleasant surprise, rather than an expectation. Think more like mid-season for Palmer to return to form.
In the meantime, the Steelers are on the decline. You will be crushing them frequently in the next few years. When the Steelers are woeful, though, don't forget this loss and this hit and take great pleasure for every time you rout them.