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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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Just remember, Jim Lippincott went from working at Moeller high school to a front office position in the NFL.

I look at it this way, Brown harps at one point duringt eh show about needing to carry three TE's and two FB's, so why not keep a guy that would add competition to the position (which is what the entire beginning of the show was focused on right? MAking everything a competition?) That said, I think that the three FB's on the roster right now is plenty, I personally hope (based on what I'm reading) that Vakapuna has the top spot come regular season, but I know better if fat ass is still listed on the roster. Hey, maybe Jason Shirley can play FB!

I learned a couple of things last night. I have never seen someone in such a high position conduct himself in an unfavorable way as Mike Brown did last night. He is utterly incompetent and is despised by his staff because of said incompetence. His opening speech was uninspired and boring. If he was the one who told Lippincott to cut Runnels the way he did, he should be slapped. That must have been, to quote Carson, "a kick in the balls", as that's what it was like to watch that. The switching of a player from Defense to Offense doesn't really bother me if it seems warranted, but the Chris Harrington idea didn't seem to make sense and you could tell the staff thought the same thing. What bothers me is why you'd switch a guy to a different and unnatural position, rather than signing a capable free agent. For instance, why would you think about moving Harrington to TE after the injuries when a perfectly good Bubba Franks is available and would be cheap? It doesn't make sense--and that's the Mike Brown way.
The only parts I liked about Mikey was at the end of his speech when he said "we will answer our critics on the field", and that he genuinely seems to care about his players (to a fault). He seemed distraught by Kelly and Utecht getting injured and obviously brings back troubled players for second and third chances. I also liked that he's toying with the idea of keeping two Fullbacks. I think the Bengals should keep both Jeremi and Vakapuna. Jeremi is probably still talented but is a question mark. Vakapuna proved that he can run with the ball and block while at BYU. Keep Vakapuna as a Le'Ron McClain type and Jeremi as your true blocking FB.

Watching the classy way in which they cut J. D. Runnells was bad enough but listening to Mikey boy make a comment like "he doesn't have NFL talent" is sickening. What the fuck does Mikey know about "NFL talent"?

Clearly the most disturbing part was watching Mikey conduct a meeting that Marvin should have been leading. I almost vomited and threw my beer through the TV as I let out several expletives. Even my wife, who knows very little about football, commented on the ineffective way Mikey was conducting that meeting. I got a real sense in watching the coaches in that meeting that they were trying to cover up their complete disdain for being there while listening to someone who knows a lot less than they do and has no business (MB) being there in the first place.

Please Mikey, for the good of the team and this city, I am begging you to step back and let someone who knows what they are doing run this team.

My perception of the show was that everybody from MFB to the little kid ignoring tank johnson talking at him looked beat down and just going through the motions. I don't know who thought this would be good for this organization but then again when have they really made solid decisions.

Marvin can only do what he can with what he has and it's obvious, he and the rest are just getting by, collecting a check, and they know that "IT IS WHAT IT IS".

That should be the next banner "IT IS WHAT IT IS" status mr. brown quo.

They allow quality lineman like steinbach to leave so they can go younger and cheaper then, find themselves having to shell out millions to an unproven rookie to protect your franchise qb.

It is clear that decisions are made in the here and now with MFB not long term goals other than bob bedinghaus setting them up for 30 years while he worked for the city before he was voted out then given a position of work with the bengals.....

Why did they tell J.D. at 5:30 A friggin' M that he was being put on waivers? Good grief, the dude is half asleep when he's awoken with a bright light and camera in his face telling him he's on the next thing smoking outta camp. Come on guys, call him in after breakfast or something.

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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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