With Carson I think the team looks a lot like the 09 team. They may not win the division or the wild card but so much of a season is dictated by scheduling. FWIW I am glad the Bengals have moved on from Carson, it just may have been the wrong season to do so.
All good points, Buck. If you're Carson, don't you have to be kicking yourself for giving up on the team this year? Think what a playoff run would do for his career. Arguably, this team's got the most talent (besides QB) since 2005-6 and they're hungry. No more Chad shenanigans.
I grew disappointed in Carson in recent years in ways that go beyond his injuries. His INTs are well documented but also he no longer looked over the whole field. He'd developed a habit of staring down receivers. He also rarely did anything to try to fool the defense like a genuine fake handoff, otherwise called play action, or a pump fake. When did you ever see him quick snap like Gradowski did vs Cleveland? My guess is Carson would have snapped that ball, taken a knee and then patted himself on the back for catching the Browns with 12 men on the field.
Maybe they'd be favorites to win a playoff spot, maybe not but wouldn't it be great to compete for one without him?
To me Carson was a shell of his former self once he hurt his elbow. Even in the playoff run he wasn't the QB he had been in years past. They made some great comebacks that season but he wasn't the dynamic passer he once had been. Even that year I thought he was a guy who locked on to Chad early and didn't deviate much. I was somewhat upset last draft when they didn't attempt to draft a backup QB and groom him. I wanted Colt McCoy especially when it became evident that he was there in late 2 and early 3.
I think as time passes it will be a good thing Carson forced the Bengals hand. He no longer was a top tier QB, moreso the next tier down. He reminded me a lot of Eli Manning in that they weren't going to kill you but weren't going to put games on their shoulders anymore. He wasn't the type of QB you were comfortable with airing it out each game. He had become a very good game manager. Not a bad thing, but not a player you play top 10-15 NFL dollars for.
Chargers vs Bengals 12.26.2010 - YouTube
Last Sunday there was no DB in the picture near Green when the ball was snapped.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz1XynEuXyZThe Denver Broncos are practicing without a half dozen of their key players.
Pro Bowlers Champ Bailey (hamstring) and Brandon Lloyd (groin) missed Wednesday's workout along with fellow starters Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and Elvis Dumervil (shoulder). All of them were hurt Monday night against Oakland.
When asked about the differences between last year’s offense and this one, especially when it comes to getting out of the huddle earlier, Cedric Benson pointed out one reason.
“Because you had some challenges out on the edges you had to deal with,” Benson said. “You don’t have those anymore. Guys line up and generally know what they need to do and what the task is on each play.”
Benson did add one other note on why there is more of a crispness out of the huddle, saying: “I just think they’re just getting it in faster. I’m sure Jay knows what he wants to call before the whistle is blown on the (previous) play.”
"....the two players I liked watching the most were Barry Larkin and Eric Davis. I was suitably entertained by their effortless skill that I didn't need them crashing into walls like a squirrel on a coke binge." - dsmith421
Say what you want about Ced but he's more of a leader than Carson ever was
Carson Palmer may not have a Philip Rivers complex where he shows emotion on every play, but just because he didn't, doesn't mean he was incapable of being a team leader.
That hit was plenty fair. Atleast by a quarter of an inch.
Carson never addressed the Chad/TO fiasco last year. He let those guys take the team down whereas he should have called them out in person.
Carson never addressed the coaching issues. Ced clearly stated that Bratkowski was a problem and that he'd not return if Brat came back. Carson said nothing. He just pouted and quit.