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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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Yes Katie pown'd Alvin. 42 mil for 6 years is a great deal for the 6th pick. If the guy is good, the bengals get a bargain. If he is bad the Bengals get rid of him. I think it would have been far more efficient to just make sure we were drafting a good player though.

Regardless of who won out at the negotiating table, I'm thrilled that this is a deal that's going to force the big guy to put down the food and work his ass off. Assume this season is a wash for him, as it almost surely will be - he's got next season, and that's it, to prove he's the future of the Bengals' offensive line and make the money he wants. If he doesn't go to the Pro Bowl, he can kiss the big bucks good-bye, and actually, even if he does, Mike and Punkin probably won't take the option anyway, just to be frugal.

It'll be interesting to see if anyone but us learned anything from this fiasco.

We are all on this site for two reasons.

First. We are Bengals fans.

Second. We hate Mike Brown.

But, the first reason trumps the second....easily. Let us not lose sight of that fact.

I hate that Mike Brown "won", but do not forget who the Bengals just reeled in. Andre Smith is a beast. He was outstanding in college going against the best of the best.

I hate to say it, but I'm pumped. Andre will be in our starting lineup very shortly.

I am going to answer my own question about what we learned here.....
If Katie was in charge of signing Andre Smith, I think it is a reasonable thing to assume that this is a harbinger of a long future of this sort of behavior and priorities with this franchise. Besides, nothing gives one confidence like persevering in these sorts of circumstances. Just wait until next year.

OK, I just have one question about this deal: is Katie Blackburn a man?

Mark,
Not exactly. Katie Blackburn is what Mike Brown might look like if he were a man.
You were close, though.

I'm glad that they got Andre in. This is the perfect contract for a player like A.S.--incentive-laden with the potential for big money IF he works hard and is the player that he was in college. This, to me, is a win-win. Andre COULD make a lot of money, and the Bengals gave him a contract that tells him work and play hard and you'll get your money. I do think that with a more competent owner and management, this contract could have been conceived two weeks ago, giving Andre valuable time in camp and in games. I am hearing that many people (outside of the Bengals organization and their fans) still think he will be a good to great NFL player, despite his gaffes and missing camp.
My one question: Why wasn't the projected lineup for the O-Line something like this: LT: Collins, LG: Whitworth, C: Cook (I guess), RG: Bobbie, RT: Andre. Sounds like a solid group to me, though I understand the holdout would have disrupted this lineup as well. Livings is not starter material, yet. He should be groomed to take over for Bobbie who is getting long in the tooth.

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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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