Causing frustration to quarterback Carson Palmer and a group of hard-working teammates, aggravating coaches and triggering consternation within the organization, a "circus atmosphere" made a difficult situation even worse during a dreadful season for the Cincinnati Bengals.
One reason Palmer has requested a trade is due to his displeasure with the atmosphere that enveloped the team last season as the team struggled despite the presence of veteran wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
According to sources, several players, including Palmer, want a more serious approach to football without constant controveries and distractions.
What does that mean? That means they want the Bengals to be a lower-key, more focused, winning football team going forward.