Carson Palmer: Facing Bengals “not just another game”

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Bengals owner Mike Brown looked back on the trade of quarterback Carson Palmer to the Raiders in 2011 this week and said he regretted the way that things came to an end for Palmer in Cincinnati.

Palmer’s with the Cardinals now, of course, and he’ll be playing the Bengals on Sunday night, which meant that Wednesday was Palmer’s turn to meet the media and field questions about meeting his former team. During the interview, Brown also said that he never believed Palmer was sincere about retiring and Palmer said Wednesday, via Craig Morgan of AZSports.com, that he is “not going to get into a ‘he-said, she-said’ situation” with Brown.

Palmer indicated he’d be willing to discuss the end of his time with the Bengals at another time, but said only that his time with Brown “ended with a very colorful, heated argument.” Those feelings might not be up for a long discussion this week, but Palmer was willing to admit that they are on his mind heading into the game.

“It’s not just another game,” Palmer said, via Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I’m not going to bore you with that. There is definitely a lot on this one for me in particular.”

As mentioned when discussing Brown’s comments, the trade wound up working out well for both the Bengals and Palmer. That won’t be the case on Sunday night and, thanks to his honesty about what the game means to him, we know Palmer will either be getting one last dose of satisfaction or a painful loss four years after his relationship with Brown imploded.

82 responses to “Carson Palmer: Facing Bengals “not just another game”

  1. .
    Much like the Patriots – Giants game last week, the Cincinnati – Arizona tilt is an interconference matchup between 2 quality teams.
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  2. Prevailing thinking around the nation seems to be that Palmer was in the right getting his way out of a train wreck of an organization.

    Maybe this whole thing made Mike Brown rethink things and handle his team a bit differently. Good for both sides as I see it.

  3. Mike Brown treated Palmer like a piece of dirt, so bad that Palmer was willing to walk away from the game.

    Mike Brown had done nothing but be born to a legend and true genius while he has taken that legacy and done nothing.

    Go cards

  4. At MMQB, Peter King declared this was not a revenge game for Carson Palmer, that it was just another game.

    I tweeted him Mon AM telling him if he didn’t think Carson was bringing baggage to this game, he didn’t know much about Carson.

    Al Davis and Marcus Allen, Mike Brown and Carson Palmer. Sometimes owners are willing to go to extremes to maintain power.


  5. bonniebengal says:
    Nov 18, 2015 6:12 PM
    It’s not just a game for us either, you quitter.
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    Man, let him go. We’re fine.The breakup worked out great for us

  6. 8oneanddones says:
    Nov 18, 2015 6:46 PM
    Eli & Elway did what Palmer did. Nobody calls them quitters.
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    Haha those 2 won superbowls while Palmer hasn’t won anything haha.
    BTW dalton is 1-0 vs Carson

  7. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says:
    Nov 18, 2015 6:28 PM
    Prevailing thinking around the nation seems to be that Palmer was in the right getting his way out of a train wreck of an organization.

    Maybe this whole thing made Mike Brown rethink things and handle his team a bit differently. Good for both sides as I see it.
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    Palmer doesn’t deserve the credit, Marvin Lewis does. He is the one who told Brown changes needed to be made, he needed more power. Palmer quit after that.
    Palmer was upset that Lewis was staying, thought he needed to go. Obviously Palmer was wrong. Since then the Bengals have been to the Playoffs every year and are a top 3 or 4 team right now.

  8. This is the game of the week. Bengals defense vs never-throw-below-20yards-Palmer. At this point can we bring back the term “Gunslinger” cause Palmer is one.

  9. Mike Brown treated Carson like piece of dirt, so bad that Palmer was willing to walk away from the game.

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    If paying someone 100 mil is treating them like a piece of dirt then sign me up.

  10. Umm How come everyone is acting like this is the first time Carson Palmer has played the Andy Dalton era Bengals? He played them in Cincinnati in 2012 and got killed 34-10… Of course Carson is going to act like that never happened right? How come he didn’t say these things before the game when he was in Oakland?

  11. “Umm How come everyone is acting like this is the first time Carson Palmer has played the Andy Dalton era Bengals? He played them in Cincinnati in 2012 and got killed 34-10… Of course Carson is going to act like that never happened right? How come he didn’t say these things before the game when he was in Oakland?”

    Because his team sucked. What a coward.

  12. As bad as our QB situation was … Any Cards fan that says they were stoked that we traded for Palmer is lying to you. That it only cost us a 6th round pick, made most of us say “Can’t be any worse”

    Dude has been great with the press, with the fans and with the team. He and Arians have give this city more than we ever bargained for. This team is gonna play for Carson, no doubt.

  13. I was salty when he left, too, but time heals all wounds, etc. etc. He played some good ball for us and helped lift us out of our dark ages. Glad the trade worked out for him, and glad it worked out for us. I hope we see him again in the Super Bowl.

    I am still salty about him getting injured at the start of that playoff game, though. That was our year, dangit.

  14. 8oneanddones says:
    Nov 18, 2015 6:46 PM

    Eli & Elway did what Palmer did. Nobody calls them quitters.
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    Actually no. Eli and Elway did it before they ever played for those teams.

    Palmer did what he did after being treated in a certain way after a few years of trying to make it go.

    So if no one calls them quitters, there is even less reason to call Carson one.

    Think about it, he wanted out so badly, he was ok with being traded to the Raiders as bad as they were during that era. It wasn’t about him wanting to quit a losing situation, as he welcomed taking one on with the Raiders. That says alot.

    Read between the lines, Brown quit on Palmer.

  15. Cincy is not chopped liver, this is going to be a good game, don’t think Carson is going to walk all over that defense without them getting in some licks….this one just got moved up to game of the week…..lets see if it lives up to the billing…..

  16. Everyone of you would have left also. Both parties are better off! And none of us really know what was going on. Get the hell over it they have. The Bengals have a group of fans who can never be happy! Your team is 8-1???? Damn

  17. HE WANTED BACK ON THE WEST COAST! He’s a west coast kid….at the time of the trade/ retire, he was only gonna go to a west coast team. The Raiders knew this & just lost their QB to a broken collarbone in a season where they thought they had a promising team.
    Palmer quit on Cincinnati…period…end of story! His last 2 seasons, they actually gave him some power as to roster moves (HE WANTED T.O.). None of it worked out & he knew the roster was gonna get flipped and he was gonna be in the middle of a complete re-build. He wanted out, and left Lewis & Brown high n’ dry.
    That being said, it is kinda funny how Palmer says “it’s not just another game” knowing full well he gets the Bengals in AZ on a short week for Cincy not to mention they gotta travel to the West Coast! Where was all Carson’s bravado 3 years ago when he came “Home” to Cincinnati with the Raiders??? We trounced him pretty good if i recall!
    Your a quitter Carson & even worse you a little man that barks only when things are going his way. Win, Lose or draw against the Bengals sunday night, you’ll always get what you deserve……which is nothing! QUITTER!!!!

  18. I am a huge bengals fan, and I always root for Palmer. He and Marvin guided us out of the lost decade. There was plenty wrong with the organization for so long that I can’t blame him for not flushing his career down the toilet. I could be wrong but I feel like him leaving is what finally caused Mike brown to give up total control, and now we are on to our 5th straight appearance in the playoffs.

    Thanks for everything Carson! And good luck on Sunday! May the best team win.

  19. After the Monday night game where the Cardinals beat the Ravens they interviewed Palmer and he talked a lot about how he’s working on his footwork in practice and it’s showing. I’m impressed how a 12 year veteran, who was a Heisman winner and #1 overall draft pick has improved so much and it’s maybe not on accident. Kind of like Cutler in Chicago. I say Cardinals win and firmly establish themselves as a true Superbowl contender.

  20. 8oneanddones says:
    Nov 18, 2015 6:46 PM
    Eli & Elway did what Palmer did. Nobody calls them quitters.

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    I do. Those two screwed over a system they agreed to be a part of, and to profit from, only to reneg on the agreement and screw the teams that chose to invest in them because they weren’t to their liking. Palmer was in a crappy situation, though he does have a tendency towards some immature behavior. He probably could have handled this better, similar to the sideline antics last weekend.

  21. jakehoyt says: Nov 18, 2015 6:17 PM
    Palmer is going to show Cincinnati what a mvp qb looks like Sunday night
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    Palmer’s going to throw at least 3 interceptions and lose by two scores.

  22. well the worse thing is Hue”if I only had a brain” Jackson didn’t trade away those picks for him, and take on that cap number. No shock Hue got hired by the Bengals…..that will be his only option in the NFL.

    Lucky to be an asst coach at that.

  23. In 8 years in Cincy, Palmer was 46-51 with 2 playoff appearances. In 5 years, Dalton is 20+ games over .500 with 5 straight playoff appearances. Dalton already beat Palmer badly when he played for Oakland. I’d say the trade worked out well for the Bengals.

  24. “It’s not just another game,” Palmer said, via Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I’m not going to bore you with that. There is definitely a lot on this one for me in particular.”

    That’s smart. Announce days in advance that the opponent is already in your head. I’m sure the Bengals defense appreciates that.

  25. Cards have #1 offense and #3 defense. They hung 39 pts. and over 450 yds. of offense on the “Legion of Boom” IN SEATTLE. The way the Bengals played on MNF, a BLOOD BATH may be coming this Sunday. Cards are licking their chops right now….Evil Grin…. 😉

  26. Yikes, I wonder if it looked like that Dartmouth Library fiasco, with Palmer yelling insensitive remarks to Brown.

  27. That stalemate would have gotten real interesting if it weren’t for the “Genius” Raiders coming to the rescue and giving way too much for him.

  28. bonniebengal says:
    Nov 18, 2015 8:53 PM
    jakehoyt says: Nov 18, 2015 6:17 PM
    Palmer is going to show Cincinnati what a mvp qb looks like Sunday night
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    Palmer’s going to throw at least 3 interceptions and lose by two scores.

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    ?? Arizona are good. Cincy might win a close one, but expecting Arizona to crumble is shortsighted.

  29. Bungles only managed 6 points at home to a good Houston D. How do you cry babies think they are gonna do against a great AZ D and Cards Offense that can score a ton of points and make it look too easy. We’ll see how quick Bungles quit on this game. BIRDGANG!! NoFlyZona!!

  30. jcshively says:
    Nov 18, 2015 7:26 PM
    Umm How come everyone is acting like this is the first time Carson Palmer has played the Andy Dalton era Bengals? He played them in Cincinnati in 2012 and got killed 34-10… Of course Carson is going to act like that never happened right? How come he didn’t say these things before the game when he was in Oakland?

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    It’s because Oakland sucked and Arizona is good. 52 other guys also dress on game day.

  31. Lot of Mike brown haters on here that either don’t have a clue or are willfully ignorant. Mike brown gave Carson Chad Johnson, Chris Henry, and TO Among others. He also hired his brother and gave him (Carson) a hell of a lot of money. And the the last thing he did before Carson had His Hissie fit and left was draft aj green for him.

  32. Carson was killing it last year before getting injured, and somehow looks even better this year. He’s putting up better numbers than Warner did with the Cardinals.

    I cannot wait for this Sunday night game.

  33. So instead of ditching the ocho/TO show and the knuckleheads that were always getting suspended by the league.

    They just went and brought in his younger brother to the roster, and said there you happy now? And called it a day. Great FO ya guys got there.

    Good lord how dense can you guys be? Palmer didn’t want to be coddled or just sit back and be content to lose while collecting a fat paycheck. He wanted to WIN

    I just can’t understand as fans how anyone can’t respect the man for that. Isn’t that what we all want out of our big contract players. To not accept mediocrity. And subsequently dumped themselves of the Stinko and TO headcases and drafted AJ Green…[as soon as they traded CP3 ] Mike Brown sure did show him who’s in charge.

  34. Palmers exit from Cincy screams one thing. ” I’m to good to play here” That”s why people in Cincinnati hate him.

  35. As a Lions fan, I understand inept ownership more than most, and Bengal fans owe Palmer a debt of gratitude. Mike Brown was an entitled egomaniac that ran his team on the cheap for many years, and made a lot of bone-headed personnel moves along with that. WCF in Detroit did things much the same way. Both Palmer and Barry Sanders decided not to play for owners like that anymore, and took a stand.

    WCF did nothing different, and the Lions continue to stink. Brown, to his credit, started doing business differently, and are now annual contenders. Bengal fans call Palmer a quitter, and hate him. But his leaving was the beginning of a new attitude in Cincy. Barry is still a hero in Detroit, partially for standing up to an idiot owner. Cheer up, Cincy…Palmer did all of you a big favor, and made Brown wake up.

  36. I definitely agree with most of BengalGuy’s comments:
    “HE WANTED BACK ON THE WEST COAST! He’s a west coast kid….at the time of the trade/ retire, he was only gonna go to a west coast team. The Raiders knew this & just lost their QB to a broken collarbone in a season where they thought they had a promising team.
    Palmer quit on Cincinnati…period…end of story! His last 2 seasons, they actually gave him some power as to roster moves (HE WANTED T.O.). None of it worked out & he knew the roster was gonna get flipped and he was gonna be in the middle of a complete re-build. He wanted out, and left Lewis & Brown high n’ dry.”
    My only difference is that I have always supported Palmer as a quality QB, even when he left CINCINNATI. What BengalGuy did not elaborate on, is that Carson Palmer’s family was unjustly harassed and some reported actions definitely bordered on assault. This was not the attitude of most BENGALS’ fan base, but it was a serious part of the equation for his decision to depart.
    I expect a very exciting game the Sunday Night!
    Both teams have players that I have enjoyed, including those that I supported during difficult times in their personal lives (Adam Jones/Vontaze Burfict/Tyrann Mathieu) and those players that have been career role mosels for athletes (Larry Fitzgerald/AJ Green/Andy Dalton).
    The only thing better than this game would be to see both teams face each other in Super Bowl 50!

  37. This one’s gonna be awesome now that Carson is finally on a good team.. Quick reminder to fools who forget: Carson plays against the Bengals’ DEFENSE, not against Andy Dalton. My point: How many members of that D were on the team when Carson quit? Enough for them to want to beat Carson’s face in (Peko, Nelson, Hall and a few others). Don’t think for a second that the D forgot, and they’ll use it as motivation. Dude threw pick 6’s constantly, so you KNOW the Bengals D has that in the back of their minds..

  38. Mike Brown might be a terrible person to work for, but Palmer was one of the highest paid players in the NFL and he did quit. I didn’t blame him for quitting, and as a fan of the team I actually thought he was hurting them with all the over throws and pick sixes. The deal worked out amazing for the Bengals, and Ok for Palmer once he got out of Oakland.

    My guess is that the Bengals lose this game, but Palmer throws at least one pick six and is less than stellar.

  39. 1nationraidernation says:
    Nov 18, 2015 8:58 PM

    well the worse thing is Hue”if I only had a brain” Jackson didn’t trade away those picks for him, and take on that cap number. No shock Hue got hired by the Bengals…..that will be his only option in the NFL.

    Lucky to be an asst coach at that.

    ___________________________________
    Huh? You realize Hue Jackson will be the most sought after head coaching hire this coming off season, right? He did not have time in that dysfunctional franchise to make his mark, especially made difficult by the death of Al Davis.

  40. I can remember right before Caron left, he was raving about Dunlap and how Geno Atkins was like the Tasmanian devil shedding blocks. I have a feeling he’ll be seeing them a few times this weekend.

  41. I can’t imagine why the Bengals are catching so much flak here. The guy legitimately quit on his team. I’m sure that Palmer has his own side to the story, but that’s almost unheard of. Also, it seems that there are 53 guys who don’t seem to mind playing for Mike Brown.

    That said, I hope we get an epic game. I think Palmer is a good player, but it’s hard to argue that Dalton has been a breath of fresh air for the franchise. Dalton also didn’t quit on his team.

  42. rutchaser says:
    Nov 18, 2015 7:12 PM

    Mike Brown treated Carson like piece of dirt, so bad that Palmer was willing to walk away from the game.

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    If paying someone 100 mil is treating them like a piece of dirt then sign me up.

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    no amount of money is worth being treated like a piece of dirt.
    treat someone like an adult, treat someone with respect or expect to be treated like dirt yourself

  43. Losing culture? The Bengals haven’t had a losing season since Palmer left. Andy Dalton has averaged 10 wins a year. And your criminal comments are straight out of 2006. The Bengals haven’t had that problem in years.

    And Palmer hasn’t won a playoff game either.

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