Marvin Lewis Says Carson Palmer Will Remain Cincinnati Bengals QB in 2011

Matt GrayContributor IJanuary 5, 2011

CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals 34-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Today Marvin Lewis appeared on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning to discuss his decision to return to Cincinnati and to address the poor performance of his team in 2010.

The main talking point of the interview was that Lewis confirmed that Carson Palmer will remain the Cincinnati Bengals' QB.

There has been a vast amount of speculation about whether or not the Bengals would draft a QB and a lot of comments claiming that Carson looks disgruntled and unhappy in Cincinnati and was destined to head back to California.

When questioned, Lewis said, "No question in my mind that Carson Palmer is our quarterback. He really weathered quite a storm this year and took another step as a leader."

Many fans have been calling for the head of Carson Palmer, so the news that he will remain behind center may infuriate some of the Bengals faithful.

In 2010 Palmer threw for 3,970 yards and 26 touchdowns, but his 20 interceptions tied his career-worst total in a single season and were the most in the AFC. Palmer has held himself accountable for many of the Bengals' losses and on some occasions has been booed out of Paul Brown Stadium.

Palmer threw a career game against San Diego, which caused a lot of people who were calling for his head to change their point of focus to placing the blame on Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.

When questioned about the status of T.O. and Ocho, Lewis was more reserved, saying, "[Ochocinco] didn't have the kind of season starting out that we hoped he would have. He is under contract for the 2011 season. He’s a member of this football team and at some point he's going to address his ankle this offseason and move forward."

With regards to T.O., Lewis stated, "I thought Terrell played his tail off this year. To me, he’s an impressive football player. He plays through pain and injury. He practices hard and he does a really good job with that."

While Lewis commended his efforts, he gave the impression that T.O. will not be returning next year. It seems like Lewis is more likely to favour Ochocinco; after all, he is still under contract and T.O. is not.

The news of Marvin Lewis returning to the post of head coach was met with mixed reaction by the Bengals fanbase, some claiming it was best for the team that he stay, while others thought a duck could do a better job of coaching the team. It will be interesting to see how fans react to the news that Lewis is keeping Carson Palmer for another season, as well as the likelihood that he will also keep Ochocinco around too.

Whatever your standpoint is, one can be certain that if Lewis doesn't make some progress, we will definitely see the back of him, Carson and Ochocinco before another contract ever gets wafted under Marv's nose.