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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;


    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 agree with your assessment of the bad, wholeheartedly, however, lets add RB to the list of positives, a healthy (knock on wood), relatively young running back with a slew of decent backup contenders. Perhaps you left it out due to uncertainty w/ O-line? Understandable, but any guy that can come in and run as well as he did last year with the London Sillynannies blocking for him gets my vote.

i would add the O-Line and the RB situation to the list of the bad. The O-Line is one or two injuries away from being thin, and let's face it, almost no one we have tapped to become starters has enough experience to make me comfortable. we should have spent more effort and money here in the off season, since it was the most pressing need. and for RB, we have a guy who has a laundry list of close-but-no cigar seasons, and has never lived up to his potential. plus, between Scott and Benson, there is a history of both on and off field problems. there is potential in the O-Line and at RB, but its going to require some commitment from the players and inspiration from the coaching staff. *shiver*

this team is like a science experiment. it will work perfectly in a vacuum, but with so many "what if's" i think it could easily fall apart. hope they prove me wrong.

Sly --

I agree with your points especially about the DT's and the DB's. The DT rotation has looked better than it has for quite some time. I would have liked to see the Bengals nab Rod Hood to complete their active offseason, but the Browns grabbed him. There are some other DB's that are or will be out there. The only way the CB's will be good this year is if the Bengals can get good safety play from Ndukwe, Roy W., Crocker and company, as well as being able to get a pass rush. Pressuring the QB makes all DB's look good. That being said, they might yet even get Greg Ellis from the Cowboys as they are rumored to be interested in him. That wouldn't be a bad pick up.

However, I think you underestimate the LB situation. It is quite a bit better than "alright". You've got 4 or 5 guys that can start in the NFL on the current roster: Keith, Rey, Dhani, Rashad Jeanty (though I'm not much of a Jeanty fan), and possibly both Brandon and Michael Johnson if they decide to move him there for significant time. Remember 2006 and 2007? Guys like Eric Schlegel, Leonard Marshall, Landon Johnson and Caleb Miller roamed the field--this is MUCH better.
We also don't know for sure about Andre. It looks like an ugly situation, but believe it or not, they have a plan. It's actually smart that they have him at RT right now. If he holds out, there's Anthony Collins waiting to play, if Andre shows up, he plays. It's always a bummer when a first round pick holds out, and I agree that the Bengals have a wretched track record in this area, but let it play out first before you start saying you're "99.9% sure" that he's going to hold out AND not be effective in 2009. That's ridiculously presumptive. RT is a much easier transition for a rookie O-Lineman and he should be fine. Overall, I usually don't agree with your articles, Sly, and at first glance I felt the same about this one. I read it again and you had some legit points.

The health issue concerns me more than anything on the Bad list. For two years Hobson has been gushing over the high quality of the off-season conditioning program. And for two years the Bengals have been picking up players off the street in October because the IR list has gotten fatter than Kirstie Alley.

It was butter that Carson was rubbing on his elbow? I read on a blog somewhere that some Greek doctor told him to put Windex on it.

Why are so many people bitching about health? Are you the same people that fret about rain three weeks out?

yeah if people get hurt it will suck, same for any team, same for life.

I am worried there is a huge fireball heading toward the planet right now.

Gambling Fool,

A huge fireball heading toward the planet would suck too. And I hate rain.

Hey, if you don't like to content on this site then go home. And take your "I Heart Mike Brown" t-shirt with you.

That's weird--I wore my "I heart Mikey" t-shirt to work today. It's casual Wednesday. It depicts Mikey's face surrounded by a heart and him giving two giant thumbs up. After all, those of us who don't wholeheartedly agree with ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING the authors publish on this site are avid Mike Brown supporters by default, right? Give me a break..

Can someone read this and tell me how or why the Bengals are not listed. Maybe im not reading right.

Sweetness, you sir are an ass. I think he was referring to the commenter, if you fail to read the above maybe you should go home.

Nice original line about Mike Brown. Just because he can afford a shirt doesn't mean you need to get jealous.

I'm worried that:

We drafted a career left tackle and we're playing him at right.

We drafted a career middle linebacker and we're playing him outside.

We drafted a career defemsive end and we're trying him at linebacker.

What's next? Coffman is tried out at center and Luigs is lined up as tight end.

The scariest thing of all is the offensive line. Inexperience and people playing in new positions and roles.

Let's pray Bobbie Williams makes it through the season.

The defensive side seems at least on paper to have some talent. But if this line can't protect or open holes the defense isn't good enough.

I just remember the reason we couldn't keep Steinbach was due to Willie, Levi, and Justin's contracts coming up.

Three years later and we have none of them.


Health is always a factor with the Bengals because we have no depth. Unlike teams like the Pats and, God help me, the Steelers, when our starters get injured we're scouting Xavier and Elder games for a replacement. No matter how good the off season conditioning is (and I don't believe for a minute that it will do any good), we need competent second string guys and we never have them.

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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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