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Carson Palmer is different. Not in a Joey Votto kind of a way. But different.
There are no good sound bites with Palmer. Coming from someone who is usually on the other end of things in those weekly interview sessions, Palmer patiently and respectfully answers every (not so well thought out) question. He talks a lot, just doesn't say much.
That's ok. Especially when you consider the way the head coach handles the same media situations.
Palmer is guarded. He seems to internalize everything, which is why it's so shocking he would publicly say something like "trade me or I'll retire." But that's what the "Bengals Way" does to rational people. At 31 Palmer is probably frustrated, worn down and most of all desperate.
Palmer won't retire. Players make that threat and almost never do. But the odds of Palmer walking away from football are immeasurably greater than the chance Mike Brown will trade him. No chance. It won't happen.
I like Palmer and think he's a good quarterback in a bad situation. He's worn down and very rich. No matter how much competitive drive you have, both of those things factor into the equation.
It's been three weeks since the Bengals played a football game and we've already had that train-wreck of a news conference with Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis, and now this. Great start to the off season. Now the franchise quarterback is publicly just as disenchanted as most fans. Who Dey!