Every year around this time, Mike Brown enlightens us with his annual talk with the Cincinnati media. Us fans can finally hear the thoughts of the head man, and his goals for the upcoming season. Seeing as how this is just about the only time we'll hear from him, this discussion must be worthwhile, right? Baghdad Hob, let's get the story.
Bengals president Mike Brown's annual appointment with the local scribes lasted less than 10 minutes Tuesday. But he left no doubt that he agrees wholeheartedly with the belief that 2009 is a critical year for his team.
I am confused, Mikey spent "less than 10 minutes" with the media. This is his "annual appointment" with the media. And in less than 10 minutes, he convinced fans that he cares? After 19 years of evidence showing he does not? And this is fixed in 10 minutes. He must have said some earth shattering statements like "Our goal is to get to the Super Bowl" or "We must win 11 games this year." Let's see what earth shattering statements Mikey made in these ten short minutes.
Given the team's quest to sell tickets in the middle of a stagnant economy and the NFL's uncertain labor future, Brown said he knows the importance of stemming a tide that has yielded three straight years of a declining record.
"Every year is the most important season, but as I stand here, is it an important season? You bet it's an important season," Brown said during the club's training camp media luncheon. "We're unhappy how we showed. Last year we disappointed ourselves as well as our public. That left a bad taste in the mouth. We want to get back on the field and prove we are a good team. We thought we should have been a good team last year. This year we want to prove we're a winning team. That it's the kind of team that can be a playoff team.
Mike was so disappointed that...he didn't change a thing. I
think I could use the three-dot approach with every statement he makes.
How about winning, Mike? You've said this garbage ever since you took
over. But please say the same cliches about improving your team. But
don't worry everyone, Mike wants to "prove we are a good team." That
is strange, when I play competitive sports my goal is to WIN, not to go in showing that I play well.
"We know this is an important year. That's felt by everyone in this organization," Brown said. "We disappointed our public and they let us know about it. It's something we didn't like hearing and we want to get out there and win them back."
Why exactly is this year more important that the previous ones? Oh, I see, Mike won't make his money putting a terrible product on the field in this economy like he has since he took over.
Now I get it. He said WIN, he said WIN!!!!!!!! Oh wait, he wants to win the fans back. Nothing about winning football games.
So I ask this: Does Mike know what winning is? It's pretty strange that in the whole portion of his interview talking about next year's team, he doesn't once refer to a goal of winning. Which sounds more important, "Winning" or "Playing Well"? Brown once again shows that he just wants to be good enough to draw in fans; whatever else happens with the team is just an added bonus. He'll be pleased if the Bengals go 8-8, earning the respect and loyalty of some weak fans back, not if his team gets to the playoffs.
This, Bengals' fans, is the man who's voice counts the most and who we're sadly all used to.
NOTE: Portion 2 of the interview to be posted later