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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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That makes two of us !!!!!

How did you miss the paragraph in "Quote of the Week I"?

Something on the order of Dick LeBeau failed as a coach with the Bengals, but Vince Lombardi with Bill Walsh as OC & Bill Belichik as DC would still be a disaster.

How about his comments regarding Dick LeBeau's time as the head coach of the Bengals (even though I know he's said it before):

"LeBeau did not succeed as a head coach, going 12-36 in three seasons with the Bengals when he finally got his chance to run a team. But I can tell, having been around that team a lot over the years, that Vince Lombardi could have coached them with Bill Walsh his offensive coordinator and Bill Belichick on the defensive side, and it'd still have been a disaster."

While I think LeBeau's a better defensive coordinator than Belisuck, but the sentiment remains the same - the infrastructure wasn't there to build a winning team, and the infrastructure begins with the owner. So, in a way, that's King's off-handed method of calling Mikey Boy's ability into question.

Dave Shula coached this team and now runs his dads steakhouse. Mike Brown nows talent, just not football.

My suspicion would be that they will portray MBB in a neutral to "It's about the team fellas, focus on the team!" HBO doesn't want to skunk its only skunky football show -- they don't want to cut their respective noses off in spite of their faces. If they make it look bad (the Bengals), all sorts of restrictions will be placed on HBO by the league -- restrictions they don't want -- frankly because it won't be entertaining -- just run-o-the-mill schlock.

If you think that they will do much more than maybe show a 3/4 second flash and say that there are detractors in Cincinnati, you are barking up the wrong tree. Now if they do a full show expose on 'WDR' then spend another show making MBB be held accountable... well, then I might give you some 'love' but until then... ...it is just another puff piece.

Bank on it!

HBO has said that the Bengals have to sign off on everything that makes it on TV, so you can bet it will have plenty of fluff....

Get your colored pencils ready, Spencer. This show is bound to give you a plethora of material for "Lost Generation"!!

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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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