I have a lot of respect for Carson. I think a strong argument can be made that the continued issues with ticket and merch sales are a by-product of his very public dissatisfaction with Mike Brown’s handling of the team. And he had every right to feel that he had enough of a stake in the franchise to call his own destiny, regardless of contract: he had sacrificed a great deal, physically and chronologically, largely in an upstream fight because of management. Carson was the catalyst need to awaken Bengaldom to be less fiscally-accepting of a culture of apathy, miserly behavior, and losing. In other words, Carson’s tenure and unrealized potential make him the Cincinnati version of Anakin Skywalker; the one who will bring balance to the Bengals. …its actually highly ironic that he now suits up in a big black helmet…
On Carson: I felt as though it was time to move on regardless of the circumstances. A new direction was needed and his trade demand made it easy, and things have seemingly worked out for the best. I hold no ill will toward Palmer at this point. I can understand why he wanted out, as my dislike for Mike Brown is well documented. We have a young, very good QB and we gained a couple of very useful draft picks. I wish him well, though not this week.