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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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This isn't that big a deal. Here's what I think is going on: Whit lives in the region (Louisiana) and drove to Mobile to meet with team trainers about his ankle. It was helpful for the trainers to see him go through some drills with the college players to further evaluate the injury. During the season, he only took part in one win before his injury, and the officials wouldn't let him stick around for the end. His fight with Haynesworth showed he has heart; it was probably very difficult for him to watch the last three games from the sideline. Besides, I would guess found it refreshing to hang out with players who have not been Bengalized.

In short, yes, we need more full-time scouts. No question about that. But until we see players being sent across the country during the bye week to watch college games (I wonder if Mikey has thought of that yet), I don't think it's anything more than a single player wanting to be involved in a game he loves, after missing the last half or so of the previous season.

I can't help it. Every year, when news reports circulate about changes (however few and minor) and the draft, I get optimistic. Honestly. I keep quiet about it, usually, but there's always the possibility that this year might be something special. I just can't help it.

Andrew Whitworth is the F-in' man.

To touch on Leo's comment, please don't attempt to slap a candy coat on the fact that Whitworth is down there scouting due to the fact that our scouting department has less employees than a poop flavored lolly pop factory ( and I'm sure Whitworth is very aware of that). This franchise is a joke and will continue to be laughed at until Mike dies, which will probably evade fans for another 20 + years. I hate you Mr. Brown....with unsurmountable passion!

Christian I am with ya buddy....it's damn hard not to be optimistic when that is how you have conditioned yourself to be the last 20 years. They say habits form by doing something 21 days in a row.....but 20 years??? Yea we're screwed.

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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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