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After a preseason full of hyperbolic proclamations from T.Ocho about how special the 2010 season would be, Cincinnati floundered to a 4-12 record, and by the end, both Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco were on the sidelines.
Now the Ochocinco saga is another story altogether, but his relationship with Palmer is what we must focus on here. Palmer and Ocho have had success together but their relationship could best be described as love/hate, with the reserved Carson Palmer having had little control over the Ocho during their time together. So did it all get too much for Carson? One can only sympathize with the guy after enduring many a year with Ocho mouthing off.
The other name on people's lips is Terrell Owens, who saw a lot of throws go his way in 2010. Now I know many accuse Terrell of being a locker room cancer, but from what I saw in Cincinnati, he kept quiet, worked hard and produced on the field, I really can't fault his performance. However, he did, towards the end of the season, comment on the Bengals management:
“I think there is underachieving you know from the top down,” Owens said. “You start off with the owner, you start off with the coaches and obviously we as players. We are a product of what the coaches are doing, are coaching us throughout the course of the week. Of course we have to go out there and play the game but in order for us to do what we’re allowed to do at the best of our ability the coaches have to put the players in the best position.”
Forgive me if I'm wrong but these seem to be the same issues every Bengals fan points to when criticizing the team, and are likely the same reasons Carson is putting himself in the stance that he is right now.
Regardless, Palmer performed best with young receivers carrying no egos and yet to make names for themselves. He can actually lead these guys, and they will listen. That has to be a plus for Carson. With T.O. gone for sure and Ocho likely to follow, Palmer will be handed a new offense to mold.