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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;


    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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OMG! Do you understand what 'likely' means and what it infers? Obviously you don't because if you did, you'd know that a 'likely to be earned' incentive means that it has to have a chance to be, well, likely earned. In you example you cite Carson Palmer receiving a mythical LTBE incentive if he were to throw 475 Touchdown passes. Yes, it is subjective to a certain point but the law also holds that even subjective statements can be held to scrutiny and providing that they do not allow for actuality, they are then no longer able to be used to 'hide' under said subjectivity.

Now, if the terminology was changed to read: 'possible to be earned' incentives, that radically changes things but again, that terminology is subjective as it is known that no Quarterback (to use your example yet again) will EVER reach much more than a tenth of that number -- as evidenced by how many people in the history of the NFL that have thrown for 47 touchdowns in a season or more.

However, it could be argued that it is possible for someone to throw sixty-five touchdowns in a year but I think it can be agreed that this is not LIKELY to do -- hence an LTBE would not be usable to 'hide' behind. Remember, for something to be likely -- or even possible, it has to have a realistic chance of happening otherwise the terminology is invalid and if proven with intent to 'skirt rules and regulations (which, btw, is determined by legal proceedings -- not what the NFL says it is), -- fraudlulent!

This means that your 'posit' regarding this 'banking' is incorrect. The only thing about writing LTBE's that bears fruit is that a team can publish their salary numbers and make them look good (in the Bengal's case, they spend short and that looks very bad on them so 'cooking the books' so to speak makes it look like they've tried, it's just been bad fortune) when in fact, for all practical purposes, they are spending much less.

Here's the "Cliff Notes" proper version: Mike Brown has ALWAYS been a cheap-ass and certain people, like me, have been telling you that since the day he took over the team, yet some were too selfish, when they had a chance, to send Mikey Boy Brown packing back when the PBS Stadium Deal was being considered and he threatened to leave town.

Sorry folks, but that is the true and complete 'Cliff Notes' version.

The likelihood of the player actually earning the incentive is a moot point.

I don't know if they use anything as extreme as 475 TD passes, but you can be sure that these specific types of cap-stretching LTBE incentives are never earned.

It's LTBE because someone (in this case, the team) called it such, not because of the actual probability of earning the incentive.

Let me chime in. LTBE's are just that "likely". And there are very clear criteria in the CBA for that - the team can not just call it likely. A simple example is they could have restructured Carson's contract this year and added a LTBE for Touchdowns - say 20 for the season. That would have been deemed "likely" based on last years performance. However, it was a 100% guarantee Carson would not have reached that based on his injury.

Bottom line the Bengals never use this as a means to push cap space into future years.

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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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