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Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:10 pm
 
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Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Fans in Cincinnati have been upset with Carson Palmer ever since he walked away from the Bengals and (kinda, sorta) retired. They think he abandoned the team -- which he did -- and they think he was selfish. But he had his reasons, considering he knows exactly how the Bengals organization is run, and I think he had good reasons for not returning.

But … he was still selfish for leaving, and even he’s willing to admit it.

“Well it’s been a long eight years,” Palmer told KNBR in San Francisco (via sportsradiointerviews.com). “I’ve been through a lot, seen a lot within that organization, and just decided. I definitely realized it was a selfish decision that I was making. I talked about it a lot with my family and decided that I’d like to continue to play but it was time to move on. And it was time for them to move on.

“I’m just excited and happy and blessed to be in the situation I’m in now playing for Coach Jackson and with this organization. I’m excited where this one is headed, and it’s also good where the Bengals organization is headed -- they’re headed in a great direction. They’ve got a good young nucleus of players, they’re playing really well, and I think it worked out well for both organizations.”

So, did he think he would actually beat Bengals owner Mike Brown in a game of chicken?

“I actually thought I might not get a chance to play this year,” Palmer said. “I didn’t think (Brown) was going to do it and was hoping for next year. But if that was what it was going to take, that’s what it was going to take. But fortunately I got the chance to play this year.”

Palmers Intro to Oakland
And sure, the Raiders were terrible last week, watching as Kyle Boller and then Palmer threw a combined six interceptions, but Palmer is pleased to be reunited with Hue Jackson. Meanwhile, the Bengals have moved on with Andy Dalton. But still, that doesn’t stop Marvin Lewis from taking shots at Palmer’s willingness to remain loyal to the team that committed tens of millions of dollars to him.

“At what point did Carson quit?” Lewis asked Yahoo Sports. “At some point last year he decided he didn’t want to be here. This didn’t happen at the end of the season. There was a point earlier on when he said, ‘This isn’t the place for me.’”

Or as one unnamed Bengals official told Les Carpenter: “We got rid of all our [expletive].”

Which strikes me as blatantly unfair. But Palmer seems happy in his location. The Bengals seem happy with their new quarterback. And everybody can go along on their merry way.

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Comments

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

He's a selfish prick. He signed a contract. Although not nearly as despicable, it reminds me of Eli Manning's bratty behavior at the draft when he looked like he might have to go and live in the horrible cesspool that is....(wait for it)...San Diego!

The Bengals, some years, made efforts to sign guys to help the offense. They are currently 4-2 and if they finish better than the Raiders he is going to look like more of a clown than he already does.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Yeah the Bengals said the same thing and more about Corey Dillon , all he did was go to New England lead the team in rushing win a superbowl. Hmmmm !! Or he could've stayed in Cincinnati finished near the bottom of the standings for the last 3 years of career with that loser Brown. ...... Lewis is lucky Brown is cheap and doesn't like firing people that he will have to pay, any other owner would have fired him years ago!



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Would he have said this if he threw 3 td's and won the game?  I think not!  I don't blame him for wanting to get away from cincy, but jeez!  He is living the life most dream of no matter where he is.   Think about it Carson!



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Whatever brah...



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

What I can't understand is how Marvin Lewis still has a job.  His entire tenure has been about underachieving, lack of discipline, selfish players and a general lack of professionalism in the Bengals organization.  I can't blame Palmer for wanting to leave and deciding he had to make the move because no one in the Bengals organization had the sense to change things.  How many years in a row have the experts predicted the Bengals would make the playoffs and go to the next level and they have repeatedly crashed and burned under the apparent weight of expectation. The entire organization is a joke and reflects the owner and coach.  And you know what, even with the young talent, Dalton at QB and all those high draft picks they will still find a way to screw it up.  It's just who they are.  Palmer knew it and got out.  There's nothing wrong with that.  And he shouldn't listen to that "he quit on his team" BS, because that's all it is.



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

What I can't understand is how Marvin Lewis still has a job.  His entire tenure has been about underachieving, lack of discipline, selfish players and a general lack of professionalism in the Bengals organization.  I can't blame Palmer for wanting to leave and deciding he had to make the move because no one in the Bengals organization had the sense to change things.  How many years in a row have the experts predicted the Bengals would make the playoffs and go to the next level and they have repeatedly crashed and burned under the apparent weight of expectation. The entire organization is a joke and reflects the owner and coach.  And you know what, even with the young talent, Dalton at QB and all those high draft picks they will still find a way to screw it up.  It's just who they are.  Palmer knew it and got out.  There's nothing wrong with that.  And he shouldn't listen to that "he quit on his team" BS, because that's all it is. 



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Palmer seems like a reasonable guy who had had enough of the Mike Brown circus. Brown sucks, and just because his team has had a good 5 game stretch doesn't vindicate his years of incompetence.




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

CalGrad1991, those are very hateful words coming from a tree hugging hypocritical hippie. Mike Brown is THE selfish one. As owner he could have traded Palmer for a bunch of draft picks or players and help the team this season. He just lucked out that his team is playing out of its mind. But one great season does not make up for all those years of incompetence. I should know since my team has not done so well either, but my team is certainly not as incompetent as yours. At least we have a coach is actually won games in college.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Carson Palmer selfish by leaving Bengals? This is newsworthy? In other news, the sky is blue, water is wet.



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Oh wait... you're talking about the stands. Yeah those stadiums are pretty working class, but my experiences there have always been pretty good. There are thugs at every NFL stadium these days.


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