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Bengals finally get it right with Palmer

After spending a year learning on the sidelines, Carson Palmer is ready to lead the Bengals.

Updated: August 5, 2004, 6:04 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Whether it was moving training camp to Kentucky or nightmares about Akili Smith, the Bengals finally got it right. Kentucky is horse-breeders' turf. It's sacred ground in which thoroughbreds are trained and champions are taken to stud.

But that's where the Bengals had been getting it wrong. They'd take studs and lead them to slaughter. From David Klingler to Smith to others, the Bengals were the destroyers of franchise quarterbacks. They rushed them into the starting lineup ...

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