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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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“I’d say that the data indicates that most people in Cincinnati have given up on the Bengals for now,” he said. “We’re fed up right now, but as the rapid decline in Bengals support shows, we’re also very fickle. I’d bet that an 8-8 season would win the fans back in a heartbeat.”


Wrong, 8-8, is not good enough. Not even by a long shot. Nothing short of a playoff birth we apease me even in the slightlest.

The season results, although important, are not the sure seller for me. After all, there are teams every year that have better management, better talent, a GM.. and still do not make the playoffs or have good years. The NFL is surely about teamwork, talent, and coaching that talent..

All I want is to see progression at THE START of the season. Not the last few games against non-playoff teams who care a little less than us at the time. I want to see the Bengals become a team who support each other and work hard to win.
SOMEONE CREATE ACCOUNTABILITY WITH LEADERSHIP! Palmer, Whitworth... whoever.. just someone get this team playing for the fans and the wins. I dunno, use Mikey Browns pic to get angry before a game, whatever... JUST GET DIRTY AND WIN

I have a question. Just say, for instance (and this is an IF, before you rip my head off), that the Bengals finish 11-5, make the playoffs, win the first game and then lose in the second round. What will the tone of this site be? Will they write it off as another "fluke" season and that they were "competitive" instead on Champions, etc.? Or will the tone be a little lighter and supportive of the team? No doubt that this is a different team with T.J. gone, possibly Chad and Levi gone and another 11 draft picks to be added, but what if that turns out to be what the team needed?--To get rid of the 'tards and bring in new blood. Not saying this success will happen, but I definitely would take it after suffering through the awful season that was 2008.

BengalAnthony13-

First of all, extremely unlikely. Second, we could play "What If?" all off-season. Last, true Revolutionaries will not be swayed by one "competitive" season. If you want to know what will bring us back, re-read the Manifesto.

BengalAnthony13-

First of all, extremely unlikely. Second, we could play "What If?" all off-season. Last, true Revolutionaries will not be swayed by one "competitive" season. If you want to know what will bring us back, re-read the Manifesto.

Amen brother, Amen Anything short of the Super Bowl is shit. The Steelers already have 6, we are way the fuck behind.

What if Mike Brown finally realizes that he knows nothing about how to PROPERLY run an NFL team and hires a non-family member as GM to make an honest attempt to make the Bengals a legitimate playoff/Super bowl team for more than one year. That's the only "what if" that will satisfy me.

Another shit ball season were we don't win the SuperBowl is just another shit ball season.

hahahaha I should have known that my statement would have spawned a freak out session. I've read the "manifesto" many times and I thought that I was playing the "what if..?". I don't think that my hypothetical scenario is likely, either, as I stated above. I want a Super Bowl ring for the Bengals BADLY just like everyone else on this site, but I also would take an 11-5 record with a playoff victory over 4-11-1, 7-9, 8-8 records any day of the week. Call me an "untrue revolutionary" or a "Mike Brown supporter" (which I definitely am not) or whatever else for "accepting" 11-5 and a playoff victory. I was merely playing a hypothetical, not trying to stir the pot. I still enjoy the WDR site, keep it up.

You can't set your sights high enough, you really can't.

Amen MDCCCVXIX -

I don't think I'd be really satisfied with a single SB win, either. What I'd like to see is a system in place whereby Cincinnati turns into a HOF factory.

Get rid of this fucking losing attitude, they are a professional team and should act like it

BengalsAnthony:

I don't think you're asking a bad question. That being said...

I don't run the website, so I can't say I know how the overall tone would change. Myself, yes, I would be happy if the Bengals had the kind of year you just mentioned. But would I be satisfied? No. Every organization makes the playoffs every now and then, even Cincinnati and Detroit.

What differentiates the good ones from the bad ones is consistency. So while I may be happy that the Bengals went 11-5 and even won a playoff game, I would 1.) be supportive of the actions of the organization made that enabled that run to happen, but 2.) continue to be critical of the same actions (or lack thereof) we see year in and year out that prevent the team from being a consistent SB contender.

To me, the basic problem with what you're saying is that you present the situation as an "either-or": either we support the team or bash them relentlessly. It should never be that simple. We should continue to praise smart moves by the Bengals; unfortunately, those are few and far between. Enter WDR.

whymiketwhy -

Well said. My response to BengalsAnthony was not intended to bash him, and he raises a good point. Many sheeple in this town would believe the team's problems to be solved with a 10-6 season and a playoff win. Those of us in WDR know better.

Ok. I'm willing to donate a picture of my ex-wife to WDR to fire up the salary swallowers in the Bungs locker room before games and at halftime. I've been using it to scare away wolf spiders in my basement and for vampire protection, but nothing is too good for my comrades at WDR. This thing is like waving a red hankie in front of a bull, or a sack of white castle's in front of Bobbie Williams, or a subpoena in front of Chris Henry! Viva la Revolucion!

The Reds have hired SEVERAL GM's and they all (excepting the current one) have been fired because they were hamstrung by Reds OWNERSHIP -- Walt Jocketty will find it out to be the same.

Remember when we had 'Wonder Boy", Jim Bowden? How's about Bob Quinn (after all, he was the guy who guided the front office and it's subsequent moves to the 'one-off' 1990 World Chamionship! What was Wayne Krivsky considered to be? The 'Wonder-kind'? He didn't last too long and wasn't too successful -- but then again, what did he have to work with -- and that is Reds Ownership that makes that decision.

See, the Reds did what you want Mikey Boy Brown to do and they still suck the ass out of a dead rhinocerous! What makes you think that Mikey Boy getting a GM is going to change anything? The Reds are pathetic because of ownership -- they were crappy under 'Uncle Carl' and they are equally disgusting under Castellini -- I don't care what amazing GM skills you have, if the owner is pathetic, you aren't going to do much. THe same holds for any 'GM' under the control of one Mikey Boy Brown.

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