Some of you have said that the Bengals should blow up and get rid of their QB/WRs/coaching staff. I completely buy Marvin Lewis & Bob Bratkowski out the door. They don't have to fire Marvin, his contract is up, they just don't have to re-sign him. Bratkowski needs to be fired. T.O. is a free agent and more than likely won't be back. The team has the option to retain Chad, but for 6 million I doubt they'd really want to. Neither receiver is earning their salary this year.
Now, what I question is people that think they should blow up the Quarterback position. Palmer is under contract through the next couple years. Does anyone truly believe that he won't be the starting Quarterback for the Bengals next season? I've watched every game this season and while Palmer hasn't been very good, he's gotten hung out to dry by his OL and receiving core. How could a receiving unit with so much talent be so damn awful? The unit is a joke and upon replacing them we can really see how much Palmer has left.
Basically, the bottom-line is, I'm sure it sounds nice for the Bengals to replace their QB/WR/S/DE/coaching but it's not going to happen. Some of those pieces are going to stay in place and the team will more than likely strive for a bounce-back year next season. I can't see the franchise letting Carson go, nor do I see them drafting a replacement in the Top 5. Unless John Harbaugh becomes our new coach and we wind up drafting 1st Overall, I'd say Palmer's job is safe next year... And that's just the way it is, like it or not.
Also, one of the biggest fallacies out there is that our LBs are good. I'm sorry, but none of those guys are impact players. Keith Rivers is average, Rey Maualuga might be a bit below average, and Dhani Jones is still probably our best LB. Rey has yet to become a playmaker at the NFL level, he struggles in space and has to be taken off the field in passing situations. Rivers has just not developed into anything more than a decent starter.