Palmer: You WILL Drink the Koolaid -- NOW!

Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer slams Yahoo’s Michael Silver up against the wall and pours Koolaid down his throat. The Bengals, Palmer insists, are going to be good this season, and Silver can’t totally dismiss the idea.

“They’ll be saying, ‘Wow, the Bengals are 6-0 … Wow, the Bengals are 10-2. Where did this come from?’ We’re set up perfectly. We’re kind of under the radar. We have no prime-time games. There’s absolutely no hype. And for a young team trying to find itself, that’s perfect.”

Wait, did Carson Palmer just become the first person on earth to climb aboard the 2009 Bengal bandwagon?

I believe he did, and weirdly enough, I’m not ruling out the possibility of joining him.

For about the 8,942nd time, Palmer says he’s fully recovered from last season’s elbow injury. And the team, he adds, is up to its eyeballs in hungry players. Carson dismisses the absent Chad Ochocinco and notes he might not have a job come September.

“To be honest with you, I have no clue what’s going on with Chad,” Palmer says. “There are a lot of guys who want to take his position, I’ll tell you that. Chad’s got more skins on the wall and is obviously still an unbelievable talent. But these guys aren’t scared. They want his spot, and they’re going to compete every day of the offseason.

“We’ve got guys who want [Ochocinco and Houshmandzadeh’s] jobs so bad, it’s crazy. They’ll do anything. Guys like Andre Caldwell(notes), who’s a hungry young receiver, and Jerome Simpson(notes), a second-year guy from Coastal Carolina. They’re ready to do whatever I ask them, and whatever coach asks of them. The team chemistry overall is awesome.”

Damn. Is it September yet?

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