34=Sweetness wrote:Kitna was pretty good near the end of 2002, and he put up some good numbers. He started to show he could do some damage when given the chance. But instead of noticing this, the front office got Palmer, and now they are in this posistion. Unless Palmer is a bust, then Kitna is going to be wasted on the bench. Maybe Palmer will be like Culpepper was in his 2nd year, but Im leaning towards no.
Sure Kitna did well at the end of 2002, but comeon, what did you expect the bengals to do? Go after Charles Rogers when they already had CJ and Warrick (not to mention they got K. Washington in that draft too). They took the Heisman trophy winner with a HUGE arm.
You have to realize that Kitna wasnt all that great before last year and the end of 2002. The year prior to joining the Bengals he lead the NFL in turnovers. That is something a struggling team could do without.
As a Bengal fan I look at this situation as a huge positive. You have a blue chip young QB taking over, and if he were to struggle, you have a great backup who put up pro-bowl type numbers last year.
Nobody expected the Bengals to finish 8-8 last year, and b/c they did well doesnt mean they should change their plans for developing a potential stud QB. However much I love them, there really isnt any way I see them going to the Super Bowl this year w/ either QB. But give Carson a year of experience and who knows what can happen in 2 years...