Dear Mike Brown,
Thanksgiving is a Holiday that makes us all realize what we should be thankful for. I just wanted to write you, because as a dedicated Bengals fan, there are so many things I would like to thank you for this season.
1. I would like to thank you for freeing up my Sunday afternoons so that I can do chores around the house for my wife. I never thought there would be a Sunday where I look more forward to doing home improvements than watching the Cincinnati Bengals. But like expected your inept management never ceases to amaze me. So thank you for giving me more free time on Sundays. I would say my Mondays are freed up too because our chance of getting another MONDAY NIGHT GAME IS PROBABLY 15 YEARS AWAY!
2. I would like to thank you for showing me that greatness in a particular field is not genetic. No matter how hard I try to be my father the more I will fail. I love my father but I am a unique person with specific skills and gifts that vary greatly from my father’s gifts. Your father was an icon to the sport of football. He revolutionized the game with new schemes, ideas, and team management techniques. Times have changed and they call for the Bengals to evolve. You are stuck in the past and football management is not in your skill set. You are an attorney by trade and probably a very good one but that does not mean you can run an NFL organization, even if you are the son of Paul Brown. You only have to look at one of your past coaches (Dave Shula) to realize that SUCCESS IS NOT GENETIC!
3. Thank you for showing me that stubbornness proves a point but never accomplishes anything. Good job proving a point to Chad Johnson/Ocho Cinco by not trading him. I just love how he has really sacrificed for the team by giving lackluster effort, showing up late, and arguing with coaching staff. Those two future draft picks would have been a waste any way right? Keeping a selfish diva receiver who hates his team is much better than having people that would add quality talent/depth to the roster and WANT TO PLAY FOR CINCINNATI!
4. Thank you for demonstrating that persistence does pay off. You have been persistent in not changing the way you run your organization. In return for that persistence you have had one winning season in the past 18 years. So your methods have been successful 17 out of 18 seasons, congratulations! That one winning season was a fluke if I have ever seen one. How did you pull that off with a non-existent scouting department, no indoor practice facility, and a sub-par medical team? WHEN DOES PERSISTENCE TURN INTO IGNORANCE?
5. Lastly I would like to thank you for saving me some money this year. Normally I would go to a couple of games as well as purchase about $200 in Bengals gear. I can’t justify paying for tickets, gas to go to a game, concessions or clothing for a product that disappoints me every time I watch it. I made a pact to spend no earnings on the Cincinnati Bengals until there is a front office restructure (Specifically, you step away from day to day operations). I know this may seem ridiculous but it actually gives me peace of mind knowing that I no longer will be contributing funds to allow you to run your business in its current manner. It is kind of like voting, I guess. If I don’t want a certain candidate in office I will not continue to vote for him/her. Much like that, my dollars are my vote and I choose not to vote for you. I really feel sorry for the fans because we deserve better and a lot of us have had enough. So do the right thing and change! YOUR SYSTEM IS BROKE, SO FIX IT, BEFORE YOU ALIENATE EVERYONE!
A Very Dedicated & Disappointed Fan