Heard this on the radio on the way to the office today…the Cincinnati Bengals have signed back-up quarterback Jordan Palmer yesterday. The significance…Jordan is the Bengals QB Carson Palmer’s little brother. I’m sure there won’t be much controversy about the QB position the only controversy will come off the field as little brother and big brother do brotherly things. They obviously have some mixed feeling about the arrangement (from the Enquirer): “When Jordan Palmer entered the 2007 draft, he and Carson didn’t want Jordan to sign with the Bengals.” Why? “There were 31 other teams out there,” Jordan said. “It was important for me to go somewhere else and get my career established. Now it is different. He is a great guy to learn behind. I can learn a lot from Carson, and I will offer him all of the support I can.”
As a little brother myself, I’m not sure how I would feel about this scenario. While it would be fun to play with and work with your big brother there are always times that the childhood “beatings” and “tricks” are still in the back of your head. The possibility of failing at working together might be too much to handle but the reward of being successful together is probably way too much to pass up.
Of course, there is only one starting QB spot on each team…but let’s not fool ourselves, barring another “Kimo”ing of Carson they have clearly defined roles. When Jordan was asked why he was heading back to California after signing the deal he said, “Carson is heading for the Super Bowl (today),” Jordan said. “I’m dog-sitting for him – always the little brother.” Yes, the roles are still clearly defined.