Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
That's incredibly easy. He could have straightened his right arm and planted it on the ground to absorb his fall. Instead, he wrapped it around Palmer's leg.
Go watch the video replay again. Kimo's shoulder connected with Palmer's knee before the arm wrapped. Kimo could have put his arm straight out and that knee would have still been toast. It actually could have been worse. At that angle, with that kind of momentum, 300-pound bowling balls don't stop on a dime like that. But frankly, he shouldn't have been expected to. Kimo wasn't trying to wrap up at the knee. He targetted the area below the calf. Surely you've seen NFL pass rushers trip up a QB that way, haven't you? Guy was in a scrum. Saw the ballcarrier's ankle. Went for said ankle. Didn't get said ankle with surgical precision, but he certainly wasn't targetting the knee.
And no. It wasn't a late hit. Kimo was not coming around the end unabated to the QB, nor do we have any reason to believe he knew that Palmer was in his follow-through instead of holding the ball. We see the same timing on QB "Knockdowns" all the time- including hits by players who, unlike Kimo, may have actually been able to stop their momentum. If that hit was late, then the NFL needs to create a new rule stating that pass rushers may only do jumping jacks in front of QB's.
Kitna was afraid to throw into coverage, and he was generally afraid to throw to the sidelines. The schemes that were working were passes over the middle to Walter and Schobel. The Steelers took the middle away, and Kitna started panicking, holding onto the ball or forcing it (just like he did last week in KC). The Steelers made an adjustment, and Kitna couldn't handle it. Both contributed to what happened in the second half.
And yet, not much of that had to do with the 31 points the Steelers scored. Basically, I'm seeing more than one Bengals fan demand that Carson Palmer should have been worth 17 additional points versus Jon Kitna in that game (I'm not saying you are...I hope). That's a BOLD assumption considering that said assumption implies that Palmer would have played perfect football and that Pitt would have never once adjusted to him.
Carson Palmer is an excellent QB. But he's not infallable.