20 Questions For Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Carson Palmer

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IMay 29, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 07:  Injured quarterback Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on from the sideline against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has had an interesting career in the NFL ever since he left the University of Southern California. I thought what it would be like to sit down with the former Pro Bowl quarterback and ask him about everything he has gone through so far in his NFL career.

  1. What made you decide to attend the University of Southern California?
  2. Most players want to attend a school where they will see playing time immediately. When you first attended USC, how did you feel when you found out that Mike Van Raaphorst won the starting job at quarterback?
  3. There is so much tradition when it comes to playing football at USC. How did it make you feel when you made school history by becoming only the second true freshman to start at quarterback?
  4. How much influence did offensive coordinator Norm Chow have on you during your senior year at USC?
  5. The Bengals selected you with the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. However, you sat the entire season behind quarterback Jon Kitna, who was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year that season. How did it feel to sit out your rookie season?
  6. Were you ever nervous about losing your starting job full-time to Kitna?
  7. In my mind, you started a trend in the NFL where franchises will bench their rookie quarterbacks the first season in order to learn from the veterans. Do you think this trend works and if so, how did it help you develop as a player?
  8. How did you make the transition of playing football at a college level to a professional level?
  9. On September 19, 2004, you recorded your first win in the NFL when the Bengals defeated the Miami Dolphins 16-13. How did the first career win feel?
  10. In the first seven games of your career, you had a 2-5 record. How did this make you feel after attending USC, a school that is well-known for winning a lot of games?
  11. In just your second year as a full-time starting quarterback, you led the Bengals to an AFC North title and their first playoff appearance in 15 years. How did it feel to lead a team to the postseason after 15 years of playoff frustration?
  12. Many Bengals' fans were hurt when the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat you guys in the 2006 playoffs, went on to win the Super Bowl that year as a sixth seed. Did you ever catch yourself watching the game thinking that should have been you guys?
  13. When Steelers defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen struck you in the 2006 playoff, tearing your anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, did you think you would ever play football again?
  14. If your doctors did in fact tell you that you would never be able to play football again, what profession would you want to take up for the rest of your life?
  15. Some analysts were surprised with how quickly you came back in 2006, considering the injuries you sustained sometimes take a full year to recover. Did you feel like you came back too quickly or did you feel it was at the right time?
  16. Last season, you only played in four games because of an elbow injury that affected your throwing arm. Are you fully recovered from the injury and will it have an affect on your passing game this season?
  17. Chad Ochocinco went six straight seasons with 1,100 receiving yards before 2008. Many analysts say the reason behind Chad Ochocinco's disappointing 2008 campaign in which he only had 540 yards was because Ryan Fitzpatrick was throwing the ball instead of you. Do you believe Chad would have had 1,000 yard receiving if you played a full season at quarterback?
  18. Many analysts are saying that you have finally stepped up as a true leader for the Bengals after you called Chad out for not showing up to voluntary workouts. What feels different as a leader about this season compared to the rest of your career?
  19. Playing in the same division as the defending Super Bowl champions, what are your predictions for the rest of the teams playing in the AFC North this year?
  20. Recently, you stuck up for Chris Henry, saying that he is having an amazing offseason and could replace Chad on the roster spot. Do you really believe this could happen or were you just upset at the fact that Chad was missing workouts?