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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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The only reason that he has any success at all over the pass few years has been because Carson has been given the ability to change the play calling in the huddle or at the line. Without Carson running his offense he is worthless.

I think brat's head should be added to the manafesto!

As much as I hate to quote a Steeler, Ward said two or three years ago that the Bengals were predictable in their play-calling. This shows little imagination or initiative by BB when a team you play twice a year, every year, thinks you are predictable.

Agreed with REW: we enjoyed our most success in 2005, when, like Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Carson Palmer was given freedom at the line to change the play called and appeared to do so quite extensively. Also, he ran the no-huddle almost to perfection, which was perfect for keeping fatass Casey Hampton on the field during passing plays, something I could argue was crucial in earning the Bengals a win, and the division title, late in the 2005 season. Since 2006, that autonomy (essentially letting the best player on the team play his best) has steadily decreased, not-so-coincidentally along with our offensive output. Going into 2006, the Bengals' offense was widely considered top-5 in the league, and Carson was a consensus top-3 quarterback (behind Manning and Brady, although I'd put him above Brady personally). Yes, we play in the AFC North, a traditionaly smashmouth football conference, but we enjoyed our greatest success airing the ball out and then running in the fourth quarter when we already had a lead. So why the switch to a run-first offense that's proven time and again to be ineffective with the personnel we have in place? Why put your best player on a leash and force him to work within what's clearly an uninspired and uninspiring offensive framework. Let Carson do what he does best instead of trying to shoehorn him into a system that clearly limits his effectiveness. His 2005 numbers speak for themselves - 34-10 touchdown to interception ratio, was it?

He also had a line.

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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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