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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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You could have highlighted the Giants (-1% Deviation) and the Redskins (0%), too. A few more games were within single digits, though positive (which is really negative, when you think about it). In all, exactly half the games show an appreciable increase by Bengals opponenets in the second half; only two show a significant decrease.

Zimmer was correct, though. #12 certainly is not in the top 10.

Any one who actually watched the games or used common sense could figure this one--the offense could not sustain drives, and the defense that played well for two or three quarters gave way from exhaustion in the fourth. Rarely do teams "let up" in the NFL, for one thing, and with the exception of a couple of outright debacles, most of Cincy's games were competitive into the fourth quarter.
Robert Weintraub

Another thing to think about is that our (terrible) offense would be passing like crazy to try and get back in games during the 2nd half, leading to several drives where we punt the ball right back to the opponent without taking much time off the clock. That impacts the 2nd half defensive statistics negatively as well. But anyway I think we are both of the like mind that while we believe our defense last year was not nearly as good as our 12th place ranking would seem, we like the attitude Zimmer was brought to the defense and think he will improve year-to-year.

That was my theory Rob (you confirmed it in the interview I did with you two weeks ago). I think the point was that Zimmer didn't seem to realize his defense's second half failures

Not all teams let up in 2nd half look at the patriots,Not only that Our problem in past years was playing good defense against teams we were suppossed too this year we did that...not giving up 50 pts to the Browns >_<

Plus they they need factor in what bad field position our defense had for the entire season...IMO we deserved atleast deserved the 12 spot.

We really didn't deserve better than 12th. The poor field position (32nd ranked offence, crappy punting) helps account for the fact that the D was 12th in yards allowed, but 18th in points allowed. Saying that it was a middle of the pack defence would be more accurate.

I do concede, however, that this was a far better performance than in previous years, and that Zimmer deserves a generous share of the credit.

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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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