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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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All great points - I'm not upset that he didn't choose Cincinnati. But I am infuriated that we didn't use the money turned down by TJ to sign Ward. After Benson - who sounds like he's made up his mind about us - there's literally no starting RB's available. We blew it because we're so cheap and very well could enter 2009 with no legit starting RB. This is the team that Marvin promised after the season would be more physical, like the Steelers and Ravens? Somebody cue Dr. Evil - rrrrrright.

All great points - I'm not upset that he didn't choose Cincinnati. But I am infuriated that we didn't use the money turned down by TJ to sign Ward. After Benson - who sounds like he's made up his mind about us - there's literally no starting RB's available. We blew it because we're so cheap and very well could enter 2009 with no legit starting RB. This is the team that Marvin promised after the season would be more physical, like the Steelers and Ravens? Somebody cue Dr. Evil - rrrrrright.

i completely agree with Ty. i'm a bit miffed about him not signing with us for a couple reasons. 1. he rocks. 2. i have a man-crush on his rat-tail. 3. the money that we would have used on him is going into mr. brown's pocket. we all know that the bengals virtually never sign any quality free agents, or even make a halfway decent trade every once in a while.

we need a rb (i think re-signing benson would be a mistake) and some proven wr's, but first we need an o line. and then a d line. then a couple lb's and a fullback... if we aren't going to get it through free agency, we are going to get it in the draft. but the bengals hate drafting for the lines, and love drafting wr's and rb's. so we're going to do what we have done for the last 2 decades, and build up our peripherals before we build up our core.

'f' my 'a' this is going to be a long season. but like a true bengals fan, i fully expected to be proven wrong, and make a deep playoff run because this is the year we get 'scrappy.'

I'm getting comfortable on the ledge.

Wiping his feet with the terrible towel...

I'm gonna miss him

And I'm about to get off the ledge like you asked, by jumping

It comes down to this: Mike Brown will not do what it takes to be successful in any facet of this game. Free agency scares him; the draft mollifies him; the game is beyond him. And fans pay him.

In sports, there is nothing worse then being a Bengals fan. Nothing.

There would have been no sense in throwing money at a guy who made it known he had no desire to be here. Mike Brown did TJ a favor by making any offer...

Brown drove up the price and forced Seattle pay more than they wanted. Mike Brown can't run a football team, but he handled this as well as he could have.

Good luck, TJ

Bull Showtime - TJ wanted a "fair offer" from the Bengals, not necessarily "the most money." We don't know what the Bengals' offered him. I'd like to know. Why are you and "C" Trent and others giving the Bengals' credit for "trying?" Gimme a break!!

Being stuck with the miscreants that are CJ and Henry, along with a budding bust in Jerome Simpson, and a 4th WR in Caldwell, will not get it done, ecspecially when you don't have a legit threat at TE, and one of the worst o-lines in the league (now).

Quit f**ing letting this crap go every off-season, it's one thing to be "rational," it's another to just excuse everything the Bengals' do in the off-season. This will come back to haunt them, because they won't sign anyone and will waste yet another day one pick most likely, on a WR, when they need o-lineman and LB's in the worst way, and not just one, multiple players.

TJ knew the system, played hurt, made the touch catches, and carried this team on offense. They just lost the most productive WR in the NFL since 2005. AND IT'S NO BIG DEAL??? Was Rod Smith, Harrison or TO not worth a damn in their 30's either?

I don't care if 14 other teams haven't signed an outside FA, the Bengals' NEVER sign a "name" FA outside of the org, and that's still what, 16 teams that HAVE!!!

Freakin sick of the lap dog media in this town.

And frankly I'm disappointed in this WhoDey Revolution post!!!


I agree with "Tired" on this one.

PS - Inkstained - NO ONE wants to play here - that's a given, they play here for $ and personal accomplishment/pride only. That doesn't mean you can just excuse not signing their leading rusher, starting RT and best WR, with no plan to replace them.

TJ was very comfortable here and said as much, again stating he just wanted a "fair offer" from the Bengals. He didn't get it, said it was the same offer they threw out there all along.

Let's stick to the facts here folks and quit assuming the Bengals' upped their offer or that TJ "didn't want to be here" etc...,

FACT is the Bengals' never even bothered to call him after the season ended, they treat their players like garbage, and apparently weren't close enough to Seattle's offer to keep him.

I'm going to preface my post with this statement: I already am missing T.J. However, let's look at this realistically--The Bengals made a fair offer to T.J. (the same money as Super Bowl Wideout Plaxico Burress). As a 32 year old #2 or a #1B WR, however you choose to look at it, that's A LOT of dough. And, T.J. hasn't been here for the offseason workouts the last two years--notice the decline in Carson's/the offense's play the last two seasons? They are bringing in Lavernues Coles today, a pretty good player (not a T.J., but solid) and that could ease SOME of the pain if they sign him. However, the Derrick Ward thing kills me. They need a back. Benson was good at the end of the year but was a question mark. They should have thrown good money at Ward when he visited and shouldn't have let him leave. Now Benson doesn't want to play here and they're screwed because no one worth anything is left.
It's becoming increasingly apparent that the only way the Bengals can get people to play for them is to force them to via the Draft. The Bengals have said that they wanted 5 offensive free agents: a veteran RB, veteran backup QB, 2 veteran O-Linemen and a veteran WR. All they have to show for it thus far is DeDe Dorsey. Yikes.

ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS IS IF WE CANT REPLACE ONE WR WITH THE DRAFTING OF THREE IN THE SAME YEAR THEN ITS NOT LIKE TJ WAS GOING TO CHANGE A WHOLE LOT HERE DUE TO THE FACT WE CANT JUDGE TALENT AND HAVE ALOT MORE PRESSING ISSUES OTHER THAN WR. IF YOU DONT HAVE TIME TO GET HIM THE BALL WHO CARES WHO YOU PUT OUT THERE. MY FAVORITE CONVICT, OCHO STINCO, THAT DAMN GATOR, IT JUST DOSENT MATTER,UNLESS THE RULES HAVE CHANGED AND CARSON CAN THROW A PASS FROM HIS BACK.

"It's becoming increasingly apparent that the only way the Bengals can get people to play for them is to force them to via the Draft. "

Yes, and we know how well that's worked for them.

Face it, the Bengals might win six games next year, maybe seven if the stars align. For Mikey Boy, that's, like, three Super Bowl rings.

Where are the free agent visits by OL or DL????
Groundhog Day.
Change, sell, or leave town.

Agreed it's not poor football judgment to decide against giving a 32 year old WR a 5 year deal at $40 M with $15 M guaranteed. I think a lot of people are most up in arms about the fact that we have signed no one even though we were terrible last year and have obvious needs. It's sad to see TJ go and I get it. But it's tough to get us not addressing our other gaping weaknesses.

Our offensive needs are C, OT, RB, FB. WR is probably the fifth need behind those four considering we drafted 2 WR last year and re-signed Henry. I don't think we should be bringing Coles in. We should be bringing Matt Birk in.

The Mike Brown Process (as seen in South Park):

step 1:
draft some players

step 2:
???

step 3:
profit.

Its so easy......who needs TJ?

Furthermore, part of step 2, which is the most important part mind you, includes the improvement that occurs in the offseason by your younger players....

how do they improve: ????
how do they improve more than other young players from other teams: ????

you guys need to relax, mike has it all under control.

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