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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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Dennis Roland started one game last year at RT (vs KC, after Andrews' knee injury). He reminded me of Jonathan Ogden, but don't get excited. It was his height (6'9"), not his play. He looked liked he should be a power forward.

Still waiting for the Hobspin on the lack of interest in Matt Birk or Jason Brown...

I know the fullback isn't part of the o-line but is nearly as important in the running and passing game. Just one more question mark in a long line of concerns on that side of the ball.

Levi Jones' career started nose-diving after he tried to play ten days after knee surgery during the alleged play-off push in 2003. And he was far better than just a "good football player."

the Bengals medical staff ruined one of the better left tackles in the game. Levi was typcially rated just below Pace and Ogden during that stretch from 02 thru 05.

Not really his fault he broke down.

Jones was good at one time, but now his injuries have taken their toll and he wants out. If he stays, how good will he be and how long will his body hold up? It is time to make a change, but we all know there are not enough players on the roster to fill all the holes, and MB did not spend the money in free agency to improve - again.

I completely agree with Chris. For a while there, Levi was as good as they come. He was completely mismanaged and broke down as a result of it. Can't blame him for wanting out all these years.


At the end of the season the WDR was complaining because the Bengals were going to win too many games and not be able to get Michael Oher. It now appears Michael Oher is no longer popular with Todd McDouche and Big Hair Mel. Oh well his popularity has dropped after he stopped playing football. He is being over analyzed and is a hell of a football player. On NFLN they said the only thing Andre Smith can do well is run block and pass protection. That sounds ok to me. I don't think it would be the worse thing if the Bengals drafted a big fat guy who only gave up one sack in college (A. Smith). He may be an idiot, but is still a hell of a football player.

The point is that this team doesn't need any more "idiots". Plenty of those are on the roster currently (#15) or have already come and gone. Andre Smith should not be an option unless they make a trade and get into the twenties in the first round. What will EVERYONE say if we draft him-- "Oh, of course the Bengals would draft a kid with questionsable character." Don't need any more of that garbage. They need guys who can play but are also solid character guys. I think Collins (last year's 4th rounder that was viewed by many as a steal) at RT is a good idea--kid can play. Livings isn't a bad player but should probably still be a backup. They need to get one of the top three Centers in the second round (Unger, Mack, Wood). I'm pushing for Unger or Wood, personally. I'd really like to see them get the Fullback from LSU in the 5th round--he looked solid in the Senior Bowl. Guards aren't that difficult to come by either. Draft one and pick up Mike Goff-type if you are thinking of moving Whitworth to tackle. Still wouldn't mind picking up an extra pick from the Jaguars (who pick #9), while swapping spots and taking Maualuga at #9.

Yeah, draft another linebacker #1, that will help shore up the offensive line.

The Bengals have the dumbest front office but it works out because they also have the dumbest fans.

I think it would be a huge mistake to move Whitworth to tackle. He's a talented player but he's a GUARD. Anthony Collins did a good job last year vs. Pissburgh and virtually shut down James Harrison. But Dwight Freeney handed Whitworth his lunch AND his jock vs. Indianapolis. Look, Tackles need to be quick footed with long arms and strong hands & technique like Collins. Whitworth is a bruiser. Leave him where he is next to the new rookie center or a FA if MB didn't let all the good one go yet. Draft a RT in the 1st and a Center (preferrable Mack) in the 2nd if Pittsburgh doesn't take him at #32. This OL is pathetic. With Ghiaciuc getting manhandled and pushed backwards into Carson's knees every play it won't take long to end Carson's career. This draft MUST be about fixing this group of misfits and placing them in their natural positions.

I see the Bengals repeating what they did a few years ago when the "reached" and chose Levi Jones tenth overall.

Kiper killed them for that pick, but it worked out pretty good.

They'll pick Oher at six, and get ripped for reaching...but he'll likely be the best tackle left on the board.

Unless someone wants to take a flyer on Andre Smith?

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      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

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      3 - Total number of non-clerical employees employed in the Bengals scouting department, lowest in the league

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