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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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He's going to make the same amount of money if he plays on the left or right the only difference is he has less leverage when holding because they'll have Collins backing him up..With that being said Andre Smith was the most dominate tackle in college but he wasn't the strongest pass blocker but amazing when it came to run blocking so why not put him on the side where he'll be most successful?

I don't get why people are flippin out at the idea of a RT at 6,We Drafted Big Willie at 10 & Andre is supposed to have more upside.

What happened to Anthony Collins? Did he die?

This is going to get ugly fast, especially with Smith changing agents again. But karma seems to mandate that "Big Daddy" Smith and Mike Brown deserve each other.

I actually don't have a problem with this. I kinda hope thats what the team is doing. The NFL rookie pay scale is so far beyond making sense- I could see why teams would play games. Its no less disingenuous than Smith's agent proclaiming him a "franchise left tackle" at this point in his career. I hope he gets signed and is in camp on time- both sides will benefit. With the notable (& painful) exception of Steinbach, the Bengals have shown a recent willingness to renegotiate contracts of young players who play well their first few seasons (Carson, Levi, Chad, Jeremi Johnson, Geathers, etc.).

"With a team like Cincinnati, you always follow the money trail" Because no other NFL franchise makes decisions or positions themselves based on dollar amounts and getting draft picks in camp right? I like the move, and I don't feel like Whit is much of a stretch at LT. Be more concerned about LG, that's the ?.

I can't believe this website would actually post something James Walker said and take it seriously. This guy has about as much credibility as this site. Smith is going to get paid what he is going to get paid. It is slotted. It doesn't matter if he plays guard. Walker blows and this site is on its way down that path. You guys need to hang it up until preseason, or at least scale back your stories.


James Walker, whatever, but it's true: a high draft pick this early would, in most *rational* cases ( i.e. other than the Bengals) would mean drafting someone for *left* tackle (Carson's blind spot)...

H. "Mister Money-Boobs" Smith played his card, waiting for the Bengals to get rid of Levi Jones, or whoever the Bengals 'backup/alternative' was, so he could then 'hold out' for more money...


Meanwhile, the Bengals then decide to play the 'We'll start you at right tackle' card, when it's no secret that our OL is in dire need of fortifying (with vitamins and minerals)...we need to protect C. Palmer's blind spot...if not with actual talent, at least with something big-and difficult-to-move, to buy another half-second for CP...hmmm... who might fit that bill...could it be...NAAAAHHHH, who ever it could/would be, let's start them at 'right tackle'...

Too bad we wasted a high/early draft pick...

It's a fair point, but if that's the Bengals' reasoning you have to at least understand where they're coming from with this particular player. His agent situation is/was in flux, he is built like a RT more so than a LT, and they want to smooth his transition to the NFL. The Ravens are doing the same thing with Michael Oher. I know that he was drafted about 15 spots after Andre Smith, but it's still the same thing. Also, if you really looked at the line play last year, RT was more of a problem than LT. Levi played OK when healthy and Collins was very good in relieving Levi. My guess is that you'll see another switch of the line pretty soon. Collins should be starting somewhere on this line--especially over Livings.

god help us... no seriously.. plz.....

I'm not sure salary posturing matters at this point because it looks like the negotiations will extend through training camp. Without an agent (is it Keels this week)even in contact with the Bengals so far it would appear Andre the Hut has successfully pulled off the ol' Michael Strahan maneuver. You remember that one, where the Millionaire decides he ain't going to training camp even if it costs him a little slice of signing bonus cash!

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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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