"I don't think Carson's a guy who likes to come out in the media and put himself kind of on the stage if he's not serious. I've known Carson all the way since we played in the Pac-10 together and I haven't known him to be much of a jokester, so I'm thinking he's pretty serious."
-Tank Johnson, Bengals' DT
The Football Ranter understands Carson Palmer's desire to make like a tree and get the fuck out of Cincinnati. After all, the team has a meddling owner that seems to have chosen Al Davis as a role model and a coach who's best resume line is "this team was worse before I got here...mostly." Really, the entire Mike Brown era in Cincinnati can be summed up by this photo. But if Palmer believes that he hasn't been a part of why this team has been losing so much since 2005, he is crazier than OchoCinco. Teams live and die with their quarterbacks and Palmer has been killing the Bengals for almost six years now. Palmer has been so bad he recently tried to patent the "Pick Six" (his application was denied, Rex Grossman beat him to it). So Carson, if you don't want to play football anymore, walk away. It's not worth watching James Harrison blow right past Andre Smith to rip your nuts off and stuff them in your mouth before taking the ball you undoubtedly fumbled the other way for six. But if you do want to play football, then shut the fuck up and do your job. The year you turn the clock back and go all 2005 on us is the year the Bengals will be in the AFC championship again.