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Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:10 pm

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 “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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Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:23 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Raiders team full of thugs? Maybe you are just ignorant to the guys in our locker room, but most of them are bible thumpers and have no attitude or ego problems. Your stereotype is outdated.

Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:23 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

I've been a Bengals fan since Boomer (even a little before).  Carson was a great QB for us that was hampered by prima dona WR's, poor coaching and an owner that needs to keep his fanny in the chair watching his team in lieu of trying to dictate the games.  I can imagine Palmer's family must have been delighted to hear that he had decided to make a move - FOR THEM!  When a fella isn't happy @ work then things aren't all milk and honey at home.  He COULD'VE retired with his savings.  The money wasn't the big deal for him.  He would liked to have played the sport he loved starting at the beginning of this year.  Was he selfish, maybe.  As a Bengals and Palmer fan, I'm happy for him and his family and think that evil little troll Mike Brown should get a new head coach and make some other paper pushing decisions.  His player relationship skills SU~~~!!  The Bengals have an interesting and youthful batch of talent to build upon but not hampered by "office politics".  They fire coaches left and right......why oh why can't a team find a way to get rid of a blood sucking, egomaniacal owner like Brown???  Yet I'll still be cheering for my beloved Bengals (not Bingals, by the way) this weekend!!! 

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:56 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Maybe Carson Palmer was selfish for thinking that he and his family deserved to get out of Cincinnati after 8 long years. Cmon man, how many people over the years have wanted out of Cincinnati ? How many first round picks have died a slow death there. Akilli Smith, David Klingler, KiJana Carter, Corey Dillon just to name a few. Don't blame Palmer for wanting to play for a better organization. The NFL is all about the money so why would any player be loyal to an organization that doesn't take care of it's players.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:44 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

Palmer is a complete quitter. But then he's like many people in the U.S. these days who, when faced with something unpleasant or difficult, just quit and sit in the corner pouting like spoiled children until they get what they want.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:37 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

@EKU Colonel, wouldn't you want to quit in any form if you were surrounded by criminals and thugs?  Only difference is Carson went from a team of them to a stadium full of them (freakiest fans in the NFL, not BEST, just freakiest).  It's halloween everyweek at da Raida Games!

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:30 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

He was a team captain and he quit. Way to be a leader, Palmer.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:27 pm

Palmer admits he was selfish by leaving Bengals

I think Bengals fans need to get over it personally.  He's our GUY now! Raiders 4 Life!

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