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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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In a different context, “we do do,” is exactly right.

Well said. While I don't want the the Front Office, Marvin, or other personel to pander to us--just saying a lot of things we want to hear to calm us down--it is remarkable how little accountability anyone takes for repeated failure. Again, my response to Marvin's quote: you say others are "saying" you don't do this or that, and that what they're "saying" is not true. What parts are not true? Can you go through the manifesto and specifically clear up for us what parts WDR is right on and what ones WDR is not? If want they want to bash their critics, they need to actually explain why these critics are wrong--and not hide behind silly defenses like, "well, not every successful team has a GM, therefore, we don't need one." That's a Mikey favorite. It is true that not every successful team has GM, but if the past 18 years are any indication, and they are, you DEFINITELY need one. Just calling it a "theme" is not enough.

One additional requirement: in their response defending themselves, they cannot reference injuries, another of Mikey's favorite moves. Every team has them, even the successful ones.

I would love to see a public debate between a Bengals personel member (preferably MB) and Daugherty or a WDR member. Obviously it won't happen, but that would be awesome. I'm tired of hearing MB, Lewis, and others get to make these silly arguments without anyone there to hold their feet to the fire.

Also thought this quote from A.J. Smith in the same article deserved mention:

"“I know players have to play,” Smith said. “When players play, they make you look good. If players don’t perform, they don’t make you look real good. The bottom line is those players are a reflection on who brought them in or decisions that were made to bring them in here." (http://www.chargers.com/news/headlines/aj-article.htm)

Smith acknowledges the whole "the players just need to play" argument used by sheep and others to remove blame from the management. But then he dismisses it. He's emphasizing here what you never hear anyone in the Bengals FO say: they are accountable for the players they bring in.

When the biggest loser in the organization is the owner, and he, himself, is not concerned with winning but rather with making money, how can he hold anyone else accountable? We've all had at least one job in our life that was strictly a job - where we did not give it all we had. This attitude was usually the result of bad management and management not listening to our input because they thought they knew better than we did. I am sure many in the Bengals organization are in this position. MB has never taken responsibility for this team's failures and sadly, never will.

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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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