Carson Palmer admits the Bengals weren’t trying for a Super Bowl
Carlson Palmer was one of the better quarterbacks in Cincinnati Bengals history, but he had some harsh words about them talking about the franchise.
Palmer said he didn’t really feel like the team was trying to go after a Super Bowl victory because they weren’t aggressive trying to go get free agents. He knows teams have to go all out to win it, and that isn’t something the Bengals ever did.
“That’s why I wanted out: I never felt like the [Bengals’] organization was really trying to win a Super Bowl, and really chasing the Super Bowl,” Palmer said via Dave Clark of Cincinnati.com. “Because that’s what today’s day and age is. The game today is you can’t just hope you draft well and not go after free agents and you just end up in the Super Bowl. You gotta go get it.”
After his time in Cincinnati, he went to the Arizona Cardinals and Palmer felt like that was an organization where the only goal was to win a Super Bowl.
“And I then went and played for Michael Bidwill in Arizona, and Michael was all about winning. Everything was about winning. The culture was about winning. And we — very fortunately — the year before I got to Arizona, I think they won a couple games, or three or four games. And Michael Bidwill dug his feet in the ground, and I saw an owner say we’re gonna go after this. And we’re gonna do what it takes to win. And at the end of the day when owners do what it takes to win and have that type of mentality – and everybody’s on board — you know I saw it right before my eyes. Ten wins, 11 wins, 12 wins — whatever it was, those next three years.”
Palmer never did win a title, but maybe it’s clear the former number one overall pick believes if the Bengals tried harder, he could have won a title. Hindsight is always 20/20, but it’s clear he has some regrets about his time in the league.