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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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I can't decide which is worse: A) 2 of 3 (14 of 21) of Mikey's first round picks hold out, or B) 12 of the 21 picks have been in the Top 10. Remind me again, how many times has Mikey traded up to get a Top 10 pick?

That's a who's who list NFL busts.

I have a great idea. Since Chad is now a kicker, cut Graham and give his salary to Andre.

I did an article very similar to this a few days ago.(http://battleforohio.com/2009/08/17/andre-smith-hold-out-points-to-bigger-issue/). I tend to agree with the Bengals on this. They don't NEED Andre as bad as Andre wants them to need him. The line has held up pretty well without him.

I am not saying that they don't need him at all, but I think he needs them worse than they need him.

But despite all that what the Bengals don't see is that even though they might not need him, they are sending a pretty clear message to any agents, future draft picks, and potential free agents. That message is...WE ARE HARD TO NEGOTIATE WITH.

They are scaring people away and making themselves look like idiots. Sometimes it is better to take a hit in money and save face in PR. Sadly they will NEVER learn this lesson with the Brown family in charge.

It seems to me that the rule should be "Never select a 'Smith'".

In less than a week there will be three Smiths in the top five.

Randy

Thank you Mr. Herron for indicating at the end of your comment that this is not SMith's doing in and of itself. THIS IS NOT THE WAY YOU RUN A BUSINESS!!!! You don't get to buck the system to save a few dollars every year, and in the process alienate your draft picks before they even get here! It's ridiculous! And it's not just saving face in PR, it's saving face qwith your PLAYER! This guy is being asked to play at as high a level as possible and at the same time is being told through the negotiations that he isn't worth what anyone else in this year's draft (or last years for that matter). I think a worthy project for you guys to plan would be to stage a picketing of sorts at one of the bengals games. Recruit as many fans down on Mehring as possible, to NOT stop tailgating when game time approaches, and see how empty the stadium is. Surely that would get some TV coverage (regardless of whether we're blacked out or not). Imagine 35,000 plus fans standing in parking lots instead of sitting in seats when the game is going on!

Hmmmmm....

I wonder if CurseofBoJackson has the start of an idea for another Project Mayhem there?

Although, I wonder how hard it would be to get thousands of people to cooperate and *not* go into the stadium when the game starts.

Randy

----I did an article very similar to this a few days ago.(http://battleforohio.com/2009/08/17/andre-smith-hold-out-points-to-bigger-issue/). I tend to agree with the Bengals on this. They don't NEED Andre as bad as Andre wants them to need him. The line has held up pretty well without him. ----

Are you serious? Collins has looked horrible in his spot doing below avg job pass blocking and horrible job run blocking...YES WE DO Need him he was best tackle in draft the longer they hold out the longer he can't help us what happens if whitworth get's injured?

This Smith ordeal seems painfully obvious to me. Mikey plans on saving money by signing Smith to a much smaller contract and use the savings to hire a real scouting department.

And hire a GM outside of the friends and family of the Browns that understands how football works.

Call me crazy but Katie and company are brilliant.

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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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