In an interview with Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports, an unnamed Cincinnati Bengals official said in reference to this past off season's roster purge, "We got rid of our [expletive]." Carpenter's piece was focused on the Bengals' newfound success in the absence of Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.
The piece comes on the same day in which Carson Palmer told an Oakland radio program that his move was not about geography, but rather, "it was about getting to a team trying to win right away and doing what it takes to win."
It should come as no great shock to Bengals followers that Carson Palmer had grown disenchanted with the Bengals. What is somewhat revealing is that Marvin Lewis had somewhat mutual feelings. Lewis told Carpenter:
“At some point last year he decided he didn’t want to be here. This didn’t happen at the end of the season. There was a point earlier on when he said, ‘This isn’t the place for me.’ ”
Lewis went on to say that he was not interested in trying to convince Palmer to stay in Cincinnati and that he was thankful for the opportunity to "start over in the same place."
Start over he has. With a retooled offense under the direction of new coordinator Jay Gruden and young stars in the making like Andy Dalton and AJ Green, the Bengals have jumped out of the gate at 4-2, much to the surprise of most NFL pundits.
Carpenter's article also gives some great insight into the Bengals' thinking during last year's draft decisions with Green and Dalton and what they saw that other didn't. It's well worth your time to read.
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