Despite loss, Bengals’ Palmer showed improvement

Last week on “Playbook,” I offered a critique on Carson Palmer‘s lack of accuracy after he barely completed 50 percent of his passes in a close win over the Carolina Panthers.

On Playbook, we use video to explain to our viewers why a team, or player, either succeeds or fails. We try to offer the same critique the players might receive from their position coach during their Monday morning, postmortem meetings.

While Palmer earned low marks in the Week 3 victory, he improved his grades against the Browns, even in defeat. It was encouraging to see how Palmer responded with a productive performance in Cleveland. He showed complete command of the offense, passing for 371 yards, the most of any QB in Week 4. His technique, accuracy and chemistry with teammate Terrell Owens led to a record-setting day for the 36-year-old receiver, who racked up 10 catches and 222 yards on the day.

Sometimes it’s difficult for players — especially star players — to take the medicine of truth to improve their game. Constructive criticism can be a good thing.

The only proper way for a player to respond is with his actions, not his words. Always a man of few words, Palmer seems to know this mantra all too well. Despite the loss to the Browns, Palmer has found his mojo, and got his game back.

— Solomon Wilcots

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