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Who Dey Revolution Manifesto

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    IN THIS TIME of perpetual Cincinnati Bengals incompetence and futility, with zero playoff wins in the nineteen seasons since the WhoDeyRevolution Godfather, Paul Brown, passed away in 1991 and handed the team to his fortunate son, the Despot, Mike Brown;

    Introduction

    WE, the members of the Who Dey Revolution, in our fervent dedication to the Cincinnati Bengals and fanatical desire to transform our hometown team into perpetual Super Bowl contenders, call for a popular revolution of fans to demand comprehensive reform to the managerial decisions and approach of Cincinnati Bengals ownership, management, staff and players, and hereby call for the adoption of the following Who Dey Revolution Manifesto:

    Manifesto Demands

    THAT the Mike Brown, Katie Blackburn, Marvin Lewis, along with every other member of the Bengals management, staff and personnel, state publicly to all Bengals fans, “I will do everything in my power to help the Cincinnati Bengals win a Super Bowl;”

    THAT Mike Brown will hire a general manager, drastically expand the scouting department and relinquish all control of player personnel;

    THAT all training, rehabilitation and medical facilities are considered best-in-class compared to other NFL teams;

    THAT the management fill the team only with players who fit the system, both mentally and physically, and are not reluctant to makes changes to player personnel when needed, regardless of cost or loyalty concerns;

    THAT offensive and defensive line depth is considered the top priority for all player personnel decisions;

    THAT all decisions made by ownership, management, staff and players, both on and off the field, are judged only by this criterion: “Does this help the Cincinnati Bengals win a Super Bowl?”

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While I agree with what you wrote, I think that the Bengals truly believe they are some good luck, a good draft pick, and maybe an off season acquisition from returning to 2005 form - which of course in retrospect was all dumb luck. I think Brown believes that Lewis is part of the equation to return to form. So, at the end of the day you either believe they are indifferent or they are naive. Maybe both. Either way, we're fucked.

The only thing that scares me about firing Lewis is, what POS would Mike Brown bring in? He won't go after a solid up and coming coach, he'll go after a Mike Martz or the coach from St. X. We're F'd either way, it's going to be a long off season.

The only thing that scares me about firing Lewis is, who will Mike hire to replace him in 2009? He won't go after a solid up and coming coordinator, he'll go after a Mike Martz type of guy. Either way we're F'd as fans, it's going to be a long off season.

While I agree with the logic of the post and the fact that major changes must be made, Cincinnati has become a black hole for coaches. No legitimate coach would want the Cincy head coaching position no matter what it pays (and, knowing Mike Brown, it probably won't pay much). Until drastic changes are made in the front office, firing the head coach is just cutting off your nose to spite your face. Fuhrer Mike Brown and all his nepotism-dependent family members in the organization must go. We need a Bolshevik revolution!

"what does it say about our front office if we retain Marvin Lewis?" It says to the players, fans, and future employees of the Bengals that medocritiy is acceptable. It also says the Mikey likes having a coach that is 'decent' and will bend over and take it from Mikey with a smile on his face.

I wonder what Coach Ditka is up to. If he was hired I might have to break the boycott and pick up a Bengals sweater vest, grow a mustache and start violently chewing bubble gum. Hey, it's not like it can get any worse.

Keep up the good work team! Our team will see better days.

Yeah I have been thinking they would see better days for 18 years now.

Why couldn't i have been born closerto cleveland or indy? Why suckanatti?

COWHER! COWHER! COWHER!

I hate to say it, but they should bring in Cowher as GM/coach. What a coup that would be. His last game as a Steeler his going-nowhere team beat the Bengals to keep us out of the playoffs. He seems like one of the only no-nonsense, professional football types out there who could turn this team around (again).

If they fire Marvin Lewis, a young up-and-coming coach would be great. (But let's briefly remember that Marvin Lewis was, for several years, a huge improvement.)

The biggest changes that need to be made, though are in 1) player/personnel evaluation and 2) training and health.

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    Bengals Futility - By The Numbers

    • 20 - Years since the Bengals have won a playoff game

      0 - Total number of playoff wins in Mike Brown's tenure as owner

      .359 - Bengals regular season winning percentage since Mike Brown took over as owner (115-206-1 in 20 seasons)

      29-34-1 - Record since 2005 playoff game vs Steelers

      6 - Seasons the Bengals have lost their first six games since 1991. No other team has more than two.

      0 - Teams North of Cincinnati without an indoor practice facility

      10 - Players arrested in a 14 month span from 2005-2006

      32 - Mike Brown's ranking, out of 32, of the "Best Owners in the NFL" by Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated in 2007

      458,000,000 - Amount, in dollars, that Hamilton County Taxpayers paid to build PBS

      2032 - Year that Hamilton County will have finally paid off its debt on the stadium deal

      3 - Total number of non-clerical employees employed in the Bengals scouting department, lowest in the league

      747,000,000 - Amount, in dollars, paid in free agency by the Bengals from 1994 - 2005, second worst of all 28 teams in existence for the duration, behind only Arizona

      118 – Ranking, out of 118 professional teams, of the “Worst Franchises” in professional sports, as ranked by ESPN the Magazine in 2003.

      97 – Ranking, out of 98 general managers in all four major sports with three or more years of experience, of Mike Brown’s performance as a GM, as ranked by Forbes in 2007.

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