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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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You're relying on a computer-based oddsmaker to tell you the Bengals will go 6.9-9.1 this year? Next you'll say that the BCS is a great system for College Football. Weak.

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I have two problems with your comment:
First, there is nothing wrong with collecting more sophisictaed data trying to measure what makes NFL team successful (or not). It is perfectly legitimate to use that data to try and predict future performance. The alternative is I think they will win X games because .... and people insert their own reason which is based on a "gut" feeling.

Second, comparing these prediction to the BCS is just flat out wrong. The BCS uses "computers" and "numbers" to calculate FINAL rankings...not predictions. This is trying to predict future performance. Football Outsiders is not saying we should use their stats to determine the super bowl winner....just providing a better method of evaluating and predicting NFL teams.

Um, what do you mean relying on it? Sure, it's another thing to consider, and if I had to bet money on the upcoming season I would probably use this over a hundred fans' gut-guesses, but I'm still going to consider other things. One of the best things about looking at the projection is that I can look at the projection and see what FO thinks will happen. Then, using my own opinions about various players and unit performances, I can change it to my liking. Say what you will, but it's better than saying,"we'll have X wins, and now I'll try to fit that prediction with opinions about various units", rather than, "This is what I think will happen on offense, defense and special teams, adding up to X wins." It's ridiculous, but most people use the former method instead of the latter. FO gives a good starting point to using the correct predictive method.

That was not concise and went on and on, sorry.

Oh, and besides, if you don't like it, don't read it. There were maybe three sentences in this interview about the projection system.

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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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