HoosierCat Posted January 5, 2004 Report Share Posted January 5, 2004 Before we begin, I, JoiseyCriswell, will make two predictions: First, I predict that between now and July, the number of "Kitna vs. Palmer" posts on Bengals internet message boards will exceed one billion.Secnd, I predict that not one single mind will be changed on the subject. With that, here's the Post's Lonnie Wheeler on the subject (link to full story follows):Kitna was unable to do [get the Bengals into the playoffs] this year, but why must this year be his ceiling? The Bengals, almost certainly, will continue to improve under Lewis's comprehensive guidance, and if Kitna could will them to eight wins, why couldn't he lead them to 11? Why not give Palmer a second training camp -- it would be his first in the possession of professional knowledge -- without the strain of carrying his team over a threshhold? If the playoffs are slipping away in the sixth week or so, the former Heisman Trophy winner would be all the more ready for his role.http://www.cincypost.com/2004/01/05/wheele...01-05-2004.htmlMy never-so-humble opinion: there's really no other choice than a competition. When the 2003 season began, it was understood that Kitna was simply keeping the seat warm. He was an adequate veteran QB with experience in the system who would allow the Bengals the luxury of sitting the Great Heismann Hope for a year. But the job was destined for Carson's hands; in 2003, if Kitna faltered, in 2004 if not.However, the best-laid plans of mice and Marvins are always subject to that beyotch known as "reality," and the the reality of Kitna's 2003 performance is that he played well enough to play himself *into* a starter's role; into competition with Palmer. He did precisely what I feared at the beginning of this year when he said he thought this would be "a Pro Bowl-type year." He went and had it.Not, of course, that this is a *bad* problem to have . It certainly beats the alternative: not having a starting-caliber QB at all. Been there, done that, right?I don't think that *either* Carson or Jon can be "stiffed" out of the starting spot by coaching fiat. Doing so simply encourages the team to develop factions, something it's had all too many of in recent years. No, Marvin's hands are tied: he has to let the two duke it out.Where I think Wheeler's analysis fails is the comparision to the Kitna-Frerotte-Smith competition debacle. For one thing, there arguably wasn't an NFL-caliber starting QB in the bunch. It was like choosing between stink, stank, and stunk. Second, a three-headed competition is madness; there just aren't enough snaps to go around. A two-man duel is at least manageable. And thirdly, unlike two years ago, Kitna will enter as the default guy. Will. Whether he wins is an open question.And "open" is my one word of advice to Marvin about this contest. Don't act like Butch Davis in Cleveland and keep everything secret. Let the situation develop, let your players talk about it (as long as they're not just ripping one of the two, which seems unlikely) and let the best man win.I suspect Marvin already understands about that "best man" thing, tho... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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