Palmer shouldn't be Bengals' fall guy

Updated: October 25, 2004, 3:42 PM ET
By Randy Mueller | ESPN Insider
Each week, former NFL general manager Randy Mueller will answer questions from Insiders. To send in a question, click here.

Randy,
Do you think Carson Palmer can ever be a Pro Bowl QB? I can't see it. I watched him a lot in college and I think he was a product of a system and some seriously good teammates. I do believe that someday he will be decent starter, but I think Marvin Lewis pulled the plug on Jon Kitna way too soon, and it will cost the Bengals this season.
Will Stone,
Topeka, Kan.

Will,

Carson Palmer
Palmer
Your point is being echoed by many Bengal fans in the Midwest and elsewhere. I may be in the minority, but I actually don't point to Palmer when listing the No. 1 reason the Bengals have gone from hopeful to hopeless.