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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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My post at the end of the survey; still makes me want to take bottle of Jack Daniels and a shotgun out to the middle of a field...

The state of the franchise is complete disarray. With player apathy, a coaching staff who’s play calling is so predictable that a high school staff could figure it out, and management that is thrilled with a team that goes 8-8, there seems to be no end in sight.

The most important issue facing the franchise is that there is not currently any football minds making football decisions in the front office. With the nepotism in the front office, there is an ineptitude not seen in the 4 major pro sports in the last 18 years. In 18 years we have seen 1 playoff appearance and 0 playoff wins. With a record of 101-186-1 the promise of a playoff appearance let alone a playoff win is highly unlikely with the current regime in the front office.

The biggest obstacle to success is Mike Brown’s undying will to not hire a REAL GM or bolster the smallest scouting department in the NFL and let football minds make football decisions. He has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt (I think 18 years is a pretty good snapshot) that the current front office is a complete failure and has no clue as to what is going on around them.

Good work Greg, I would like to see more uses of "nepotism" next time though...

here's my post:

there's not enough space on this page to list the obstacles facing this joke of a "professional" franchise. As long as Mike Brown and his band of idot relatives are in charge, the Bengals will always be a joke. Can you say nepotism? Oh, I'm sorry, according to Mike Brown, I suppose "losing" and "nepotism" are just "themes" that us silly fans come up with. By the way... why is there no mention of the Cyclones???? At least we have one winning professional franchise with them. Why don't you give them the respect and credit they deserve.

My post, if anyone cares:

The biggest problem I see with the Bengals is their unwillingness to build the front office infrastructure necessary to consistently win in the NFL. Management has been the one constant over the last 18 years, and the results speak for themselves. Any change, no matter how superficial, would indicate that they recognize their accountability for the poor quality on the field. Their reluctance to do so is either a product general aloofness, or just an out-right insult to their fans intelligence. I don’t know which one is worse. I've been a pretty passionate fan all my life but after this year I've gone from mad to apathetic. I just don't see this team ever changing course or being perennial winners, so I'm questioning whether they're worth my time and emotional investment anymore. I don't think I'm alone in feeling this way. Mike Brown will lose this city if the next 18 are like the last.

I think it's safe to say that Mike Brown has already lost this city.

When will we get to see the results of this survey?

Have the results already been published?

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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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