Although Lewis told reporters he doesn’t have any concerns about Palmer, one voice at the NFL Network — Michael Lombardi — says he’s does.
“You watch the tape, there are huge concerns with Carson Palmer,” Lombardi said. “He’s not nearly the player he was three years ago. His arm doesn’t seem to have the same zip to it. He doesn’t have the accuracy with the football, and he’s not as explosive. Right now he’s a liability in the Cincinnati offense.”
Maybe Palmer isn’t, or no longer is, who we thought he was. Maybe the problems hide elsewhere. It doesn’t appear to be panic-button time in Cincinnati, but we’ll continue to take the temperature of this story as Lewis circles the wagons around his quarterback.
There are a number of people in the sports media that have no clue what they are talking about. However, Mike Lombardi is not one of them. He has more than two decades of experience as an NFL executive. He has worked with a number of the game’s prominent architects, including Bill Walsh, Bill Belichick, Mike Shanahan and Marty Schottenheimer. Lombardi headed the Oakland Raiders’ and Cleveland Browns’ personnel departments and also worked with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos.
Reading this report about Carson Palmer now has me concerned.