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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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Too early to call this a mess, yet. You mention an Anthony Munoz reference--what's to say Smith won't be the next Munoz? We don't really know until he plays. He's had some bumps this offseason, but let's not forget that until March he was considered the BEST TACKLE IN THE DRAFT. Wait to see how the contract situation plays out, and, more importantly, wait to see how he performs on the field. Don't throw him on the scrap heap without seeing him play in the NFL.

I read a blogpost that said Andre Smith was about to sign two weeks ago, saying he wanted to be the first signed and send a message that he was ready...but Priority Sports held him back.

I wonder if all of your speculation is in vain.

A very well written post. You're going to be ripped for it by the Kool-Aid drinkers who think we're going 10-6, but the point is too many mis-steps are made by the front office because they are under-engaged and under-informed.

Well Said P. Simonov and I agree a very well written post

I think I qualify as a Kool-Aid drinker. Which I think is used by stupid people who can't generate thoughts of their own. (anyone that disagrees with me is a kool-aid drinker).

At least I attempt to add some logic to the post and not just blindly congratulate the poster.

That being said, I do like this post. All fact and an interesting point of view. Nice job. I disagree that Smith may have cost himself money. What is going to hurt the Bengals is that the money is already slated. he will make a little less than #5 and a little more than #6. Problem with that is the Jets took a franchise QB with number 5 and will be paying him a lot.

So you are saying I should feel much more confident if the Bengals were making draft decisions based on all the "many people with loose lips around the league"? You seem to try too hard to blame managment. I have no doubt in my mind that if the Bengals would have drafted Eugene Monroe and he then blew out his knee in the first preseason game, that you would be blaming management for not realizing his bad knees. I think we can all agree that managment's "negotions" process is piss poor at best, and I am half expecting a hold out simply based on Mikey's stubborness, however, blaming him/management for this agent issue does nothing but hurt this site's overall credibility in terms of it's mission.

I agree with the bad knee thing. It a contract negotiation and BOTH sides are setting up to get the best deal for them.

Who gives a rat ass what Rick Smith says? The guy was expecting easy money by handling a top 10 pick...boo freaking hoo.

Nice post. Once again the Bengals overlooked character. At this point, no one knows (including the WDR) if this is going to bit the Bengals in the ass. But I agree, it's not very good at this point in the game. I also agree with Relele. Those agents are parasites. They're just pissed off because they lost millions of dollars. Agents are just a slimy as lawyers. They love you when they're sharing your salary but will throw you under the bus after you leave. Their cry baby statement means nothing.

this has zero to do with character unless you mean by character the desire to secure the best position you can in a business negotiation. this is the guy's job. his career. his livelihood. his job is not to please the fans. his job is not to win games. strictly from a viewpoint of taking care of his life and providing for those we cares about, his job is to sign the best contract he can and play well enough not to get cut or forfeit that contract. please learn to separate our passions for a winning football team to represent our city and the reality of what this company is: a business. and stop using "character issues" and "kool-aid" as your punch lines. it's amateur.

...meanwhile, the local Cincy TV News takes a poll:

"Do you think the Bengals should sign Michael Vick?"

LMAO...why, no, we shouldn't; we already have a 'dog-whisperer'...wait, no we don't...

So, let's take a recount:

100% HELL YES, LET'S SIGN THE HELL OUT OF HIM !!!!

We can send him in there when Carson needs a medical break!!!

We can sign Vick for a stunt QB instead of a real OL !!!!

We can Yes!!!

I mean yes we can !!!

Once we get Vick, and the other NFL teams get word of it, they will fire their D-linemen, and recruit PETA activists, all at a fraction of the cost of their old line!!!

I just wonder which QB will get the worst/brunt of things...


Gambling Fool, I am quite hurt by your ascertation that I cannot "generate a thought for myself". It pains me that someone named "Gambling Fool", who has deduced that Smith will make "make a little less than #5 and a little more than #6" (like, 5.237# perhaps?) has assessed me as a dullard. Oh, for shame!

No, I do not disparage Smith for switching agents if that was going to net him a higher draft position and more money. It is a business. I blame the Bengals for mis-reading it as "a factor in their decision to draft Smith". With poor or incomplete information you make poor decisions. This is the most recent example of that.

There are others, like missing out on Revis and Jarvis Moss by 1 and 3 slots respectively because they incorrectly believed one of the two would fall to them. Instead, two better-informed teams traded ahead of the Bengals and scooped their guys. Or losing Stacy Andrews to Philly for nothing after having been offered a 2nd rounder last year in a deeper draft when you had ZERO chance of resigning him.

Andre Smith is not the issue because noone knows how he will pan out. Under-staffed, under-informed management is the issue and the point of the post.

so you got me on a typo and I am sorry you were offended. At least it prompted you to add something.

GamblingFool,

Where's your typo? Are you thinking that the definition of typo means "stupid comment"?

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