Mike Brown the Model of Inconsistency: Cincinnati Bengals Stifle Carson Palmer

Gary WolffContributor IIAugust 3, 2011

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I don't follow the Cincinnati Bengals too closely.  I'm not sure many people do.  It's like keeping up with the stooges we call congressman in Washington D.C.

I did see the Mike Brown farewell to Carson Palmer video however.  You can see it below.

Mike Brown standing on principle.  Now, I'm a man of principle, so on the surface I can relate to his stance.  However, what advantages are there for this consistent loser of an owner to now take an inconsistent stance on principle?

Carson Palmer has struggled the last few years.  Much of that I'm sure is his jaded view of being stuck in Cincinnati.  I give him a lot of leeway for under-performing and lacking passion for the game, given he is trapped in the football wasteland.  However, he must take a lot of the blame for his poor performances as well.

That said, odds are Carson Palmer would thrive once again as a top 10 passer in the NFL if he got a chance to leave the Bengals. 

This leads to the obvious question of, "Why would Mike Brown throw a valuable commodity down the drain when his team so desperately needs leverage to improve itself?"

It's clear Carson can't perform in Cincinnati again.  He's burnt out on the chaos and turmoil of a mismanaged perennial loser.  He gave it a solid shot.  It's not like he was whining and crying out of the gate and didn't give it a solid chance for many years.

Mike Brown, who employs many a criminal element and who has managed to create an environment where every hungry player eventually becomes disgruntled with his losing ways, is going to further push his team into the abyss by taking a misguided stand instead of getting value for an asset he has rights to.

I'm sure if Brown could objectively look at the situation, he could have seen that his management can no longer get the best out of Palmer.  He could also admit that this is in part (a large part) his fault, directly or indirectly.  

Furthermore, if he chose to approach this with his team's best interest in mind, he could have worked with Carson to present a rosy picture to the world to increase Carson's market value.

Instead, he painted a quality quarterback, with many good years left, who is a good person and who has put up with all that is Cincinnati to try and make them a winner, into a corner where he felt quitting football was his only option to escape the mental anguish he had to endure every day going to his job.

I'm sure Mike Shanahan would have payed a very nice price for Carson Palmer had the situation been dealt with professionally and with cooperation by both sides.

I can easily see how the Bengals could have gotten highly compensated while the Redskins could have gotten a real quarterback.  Seattle should have been interested, but Pete Carroll is incompetent as an NFL head coach and Carson would have gone from one sinking ship to another, and may have chosen to retire if Seattle was his alternative.

Brown's position is that Carson has a contract and he must fulfill it.  Well, yes, he does have a contract, and that is why Carson is such a valuable asset to the Bengals.  They could have traded him and improved their team tremendously.  Instead, they get nothing.

I'm sure all the players in the locker room are inspired by how well Brown crushed the spirit of a once elite quarterback as they look forward to another magnificent season of quality football.

The first commentary on my take will be that allowing a player to dictate to ownership a trade demand is a slippery slope and Mike Brown couldn't compromise the future of his team by letting that precedent be set.

Nice try.  Carson didn't go to the media and reveal the horrific truth about being a Cincinnati Bengal. He went about things with dignity and gave a 100 percent effort on the field and in the community.  Mike Brown should have worked with him behind the scenes and framed it, with Carson's cooperation and support, as a mutual decision that is mutually beneficial.

I'm very glad to be a New England Patriot's fan.  In Bill we trust, and there is no better owner than Robert Kraft.  Maybe it is time Mike Brown sells the Bengals and lets them move to Los Angeles.  

He can retire, and let Carson come back to play some football.