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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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Only thing that truly bothered me last night was Offensive line play,It's obvious Andre Smith makes us a better team Mike Brown just needs to pay the guy

Six sacks? Carson won't make it past game three. Mike Brown still s*cks, film at 11.

It does'nt matter who the QB is behind this line they will get hanmmered.

Remember, three centers on the roster to run the O line and protect the franchise QB and no regular season games played between them.

This team is in big trouble and to think andre smith can come in and really make a difference as a rook, I just can't buy into it.

4 and 12 Again

3 and 13.

7-9. This year's schedule is lighter than last year's. Unless something is done to sort out the integrated play of the line, a repeat of 40+ sacks looms large as a possibility, though.

Pleaseeeeeeeeeee on the Rams being good this year! That was the TRUE Bengals you did not see last night. Nothing new, but a different year.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. 6-10.

Wins against the Broncos, Browns x2, Kansas City, Oakland, and Detroit. Possibly swap one or two of those out as a loss in favor of a fluke win against a legitimately better team. But I don't see anyone else on that schedule I think the Bengals can really feel confident about beating. And we know they always feel more confident going into the season than they should be, with how they end up performing.

They'll be slightly better than last year in record thanks to a weaker list of opponents, but they won't be much if at all better in actual execution or talent. More of the same.

Ross Tucker has an article up on SI.com right now where he opines that the Bengals are right to not pay Andre Smith the money he wants. It's a pretty interesting article, even if it seems to me like something Hobspin would write (if only he were allowed to honestly address issues like that with any kind of depth - he seems to more or less gloss over the whole situation, I'm guessing due to editorial (read: MFB) mandate). I'd be interested in hearing the thoughts of the Revolution on this one.

It isn't an unreasonable article, but he's wrong or misspoken in a couple of areas:

1)The line hasn't looked that good, and even if it has in his eyes, nothing of significance can be determined. The middle will likely be weak in pass protection, LT could be a weakness, and RT will be bad at run blocking. There's also the whole continuity thing that I've been stressing

2)Banks is right that Smith may not be better than Collins for THIS season. But you have to have an eye on the future as well; Smith should be an excellent linemen eventually. Collins-Whit-Cook/Luigs-Livings-Williams and his eventual replacement doesn't look to be that great of a unit going forward. Replacing Collins and/or moving Whit back to guard with Smith makes it a whole lot better. Carson is in his prime RIGHT now; we can't be wasting first round picks and taking many offseasons to rebuild his line.

All these comments are interesting. However, it is really simple. Over the last 18 years the Bengals have had 1 winning season. That season was the exception, not the rule. In other words, 2005 was a fluke. If you look over the last 18 years there is one constant, Mike Brown. Therefore, until that variable changes, the Bengals record will not. So, at best this year 8-8. Factor in bad line play, a coach who tendered his resignation last year(true story) and an owner that says "want to do better" as an inspirational speech and we are looking at 6-10 at best. Sorry folks.

There is a bright spot here. Nobody wants to see the Bengals win more than me and nobody is more feed up with MFB. Therefore, I am going to hope that they do not win 8 games this year. That will be difficult for me as I am a die hard fan but we must. It is for the greater good of the team. Think of it this way. The vast majority of the suits in PBS expire after this year. There are over 100 of them. The average suite price (not counting food or drink) is $120,000.00 per year. Therefore, suit leases provide MFB with 12 million plus in net profit (he has no expenses for them, county pays all expenses). This my friends is the difference between MFB making money and losing money. And we all know that MFB likes to make money. We also know that he does not have a large rainy day fund and even if he did, he would not spend it. So, with just one more bad year the suit holders will exit in mass. MFB would be financially forced to either sell or change. Either way, we as fans win.

Back to the Rams--I write for Football Outsiders, so I'd like to think the projections are calling a sleeper. But I also live in Atlanta, and I saw the Falcons carve up the Rams like a turkey last week, so I know better.

Ochocinco claims Andre Smith signed - check out his twitter. Not sure what to make of this.

Okay - nevermind, be concerned that we looked crappy vs the Rams. Even the Outsiders guys doen't trust their own numbers on the Rams. Thanks Rob.

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    • 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

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      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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