I, like so many die-hard NFL fans these days, have become addicted to NFL Network. It's my favorite television network, and I watch every one of the programs they have to offer.
"NFL Total Access" is usually one of the best television sources there is to get all of your NFL-related info. Brian Baldinger is a regular on the program whose opinions often appear to lack solid foundation, in my opinion.
He often times appears to be talking from a more opinionated point of view than an analytical point of view, which is fine, as we all have a tendency to do that from time to time.
However, I found the comments he made about Carson Palmer to be somewhat disturbing.
While I realize most people wouldn't care because the Cincinnati Bengals are rarely a topic of relevance, I myself found Baldinger's particular remarks to be quite inaccurate.
He was asked whether he felt Carson Palmer was a "franchise quarterback."
Baldinger quickly replied with a very confident, "No."
When his co-hosts appeared surprised that Baldinger felt that way, he explained his reasoning to be that, "He's been to one playoff game, and he didn't win it".
That was all the explanation provided.
Now I respectfully disagree with Baldinger and do feel Palmer is a franchise quarterback.
If people feel differently, that's fine, but it was Baldinger's explanation that lacked depth at any level.
The lone fact that Palmer has only made it to the playoffs one time and lost seems on paper to be a reason to disqualify him from being what most people envision a franchise quarterback to be.
That's another issue, because people fail to consider the team surrounding the quarterback. If one side of the ball (in this case, the Bengals' offense) appears to be dominant, it usually becomes the quarterback's responsibility to win regardless of how good the other units are.
Did Baldinger mention that Palmer's knee was destroyed beyond recognition on the first play of that playoff game?
Did he mention that on that play, he connected with Chris Henry for a 67-yard completion (the longest play in Bengals' post-season history)?
No, none of that was covered at all.
Did Baldinger mention that Palmer has played with defensive units that have ranked 21st, 22nd, 17th, and 24th during his career?
As if the quality of support the Bengals provided on the other side of the ball didn't have an impact on the success of the team.
But when it's all said and done, none of this is particularly a big deal, and I doubt that many people blinked when they heard what Baldinger had to say.
What this does show us is the level of depth provided by one of the top guys on the NFL's official television network.
Take it for what it's worth.
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