Last offseason, the Enquirer revealed the well-earned GM bonuses Mike Brown had given himself for doing such a bang up job (.349 winning percentage, no playoff wins-- you all know the story).
Obviously, Mike's performance in team-building alone should prevent him from 1) Being the GM; 2) Paying himself extra dough to fill the position; 3) Smiling (that's right Mikey, you can't smile. Take that); and 4) Standing at press conference like this. It's a perfectly good podium and backdrop, don't sully it with your half-drunk/half-asleep/completely confused/overbearingly idiotic look.
But wouldn't one hope, considering the failure of Mike's teams, that the man would at least make some moves in hopes of improving his club? Rarely do poor teams get any better without any personnel (or coach) turnover, and the Bengals have had a lot of teams needing to get better.
The Pro-Football-Reference blog researched an interesting list of teams with the most and least roster turnover. The most valuable players of a team, as judged by AV (Approximate value, just a simple benchmark of performance) counted more than than the low value players towards the turnover percentage.
Using data from 1993-2007, the findings: the Bengals had the second least turnover at 89.6%, less than a percentage point behind the Texans.
Now someone might be pondering, "Isn't it kind of a good thing when a team keeps its best players?" Yes and no. Yes, if there are valuable players on a team full of misfits, those guys should generally be kept. However, keep in mind that these players had this value relative to their teammates; on the awful teams we have seen in Mike's tenure as owner and GM, average players would have greater value than those with the same skill but on better teams, in this study.
Also, it isn't like the Bengals have had a core like the Indianapolis Colts, an organization that, at least in the 2000's, can afford to keep their basic group of players together. Cincinnati's teams have not nearly been good enough to warrant almost no change; this is for certain.
This is just another piece of data that confirms Mikey Boy's limited interest in building a winning team. Although moves were necessary, blind loyalty and a will to make money prevented ole' Pumpkin Head from making them. Like I said, those well-earned GM bonuses.