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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'm willing to give Williams the benefit of the doubt on the OK drill. Hopefully his grin afterward was the confidence of a past pro-bowler knowing what he'd do in a game situation. Or that may be wishful thinking on my part.

Lippencott? Wow. Ability? How ironic.Now I'm sure the ability word is used so as to prevent a cut player from filing a grievance but wow. Obviously the ability factor only applies to players not front office based on the last 2 decades.
What struck me was the playbook being left on a doorstep. I don't care how tight security is can you ever imagine a Belichek or Parcells allowing this?
Mikey's opening speech? Doubt even an amoeba could find inspiration in that sad soliloquy.

And finally this wonderful nugget from Sports Illustrated Postcard from G-town:
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An intense Kentucky lightning storm rolled in just before evening practice was due to commence last Monday, and as the Bengals awaited word from Lewis as to the session's fate (it was ultimately cancelled, and the players soon hurried off into meetings), they huddled beneath the dripping bleachers of Georgetown's Toyota Stadium. It was, to me, something of a refreshing scene.

"This doesn't look very much like the NFL," I remarked to the gentleman standing next to me.

"It's not the NFL," the cynical gent quipped. "It's the Bengals."


So I dont have HBO and I've been dying to see the Hard Knocks episodes. Does anyone know where I could find it online??? I've tried to look all over, but so far Ive come up short. Not on hulu, not on surfthechannel, no free first episode on nfl.com or hbo.com. Any suggestions?

Jason, about the faking. I think you are being to hard on them.

The last time I was with Katie, she was faking.

Mike H sadly no suggestions. I had heard about HBO online but that is only for subscribers. I got lucky w/ a free 3 month trial of HBO/Showtime.
And I have to admit, had never seen a previous Hard Knocks but was hooked within 2 minutes; NFL Films production says it all.

Mike Brown looked like a dope. Let's be honest, on paper the Bengals have a pretty solid roster with some relatively big names (that's what happens when you continuously draft high) and the coaching staff actually appears to know what they're doing. The problem is where the control truly lies. When Mike Brown relinquished some of his power to Marvin early on (2003-2006) their record speaks for itself. Compare it over the last few years when there is a trail of trademark Mike Brown moves and decisions and that record also speaks for itself. Here is my main problem with Mike Brown: Let's be honest again, he is a GREAT BUSINESSMAN. He's shrewd, clever, manipulative and a penny pincher. His main focus is profits in which he has succeeded for the last 20 years. He is an AWFUL NFL G.M. If he just relinquished that duty to a competent person OUTSIDE of his family, but still remained owner of this team, I really believe (despite my bias) that the Bengals would be a perennial winning club because of that move and ensuing ones that would follow. They won't, though. I don't know that I can think of a more stubborn man than Mike Brown.

Mike Brown is a fantastic business man, but he doesn't care about winning a Super Bowl. That would only cost him money. I remember when the Bengals went to their 2 Super Bowls that there was much made of the fact that Mike didn't even want to have the Ben-Gals at the "big game" because he had to pay for them to be there (air fare, lodging, etc). That is definitely NOT someone who wants to go to the Super Bowl. As a previous poster said, 9-7 would be awesome to him. He still makes a boatload of money and doesn't have to lay out more. Never mind the fact that he would make who knows how much more of they did start being successful, he just doesn't want to spend any money.

I won't watch the Bengals again until after Mike Brown's funeral.

Roy looked a "little" soft? I've seen tougher looking piles of pudding. And then he got run over by Purify. Maybe he thinks he is saving "it" for when it matters, but he doesn't look like the vet leader I was hoping for in the d backfield.

Keeping JJ at fullback over any person with a pulse is ridiculous. Unless . . .what do you think about moving to DT, he's got some good size?

For those that want to watch online(Canadians and non HBO subscribers), I found this link through Youtube - it's not great, but it's all I needed.
I got a pop-up that wouldn't let me continue if I paused it for too long. If you just watch it all the way through, you should be fine...

http://onlinetv.noadsfree.com/hard-knocks-s05e01

Mike Brown is NOT a good business man. He is an idiot who was handed a business that cannot fail. If it could, he would be "out-of-business".

I think I just found the episode. Im at work so I'm not actually gonna watch it right now. Seems like good quality

http://www.casttv.com/shows/hard-knocks/training-camp-with-the-cincinnati-bengals-1/ipx4ry

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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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