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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;


    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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November 25, 2009


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If the Bengals do nothing else going forward but:

1. Find a way to keep Zimmer
2. Replace Brat with an average offensive coordinator
3. Keep their core players intact
4. Draft slightly above average for a few more years

They will have winning seasons consistently barring injury to Carson. We'll see if they can pull it off.

You guys are idiots. Anytime the Bengals lose "FIRE BRAT!" Really you guys are like a dumb old record player. Its the same play calling that has got the team to 7-3. Cedric is in that class, he is a great running back. Also that it what the line is built for, they aren't great in pass protection. This site also believes that Mike Zimmer can do no wrong. The Bengals continually don't adjust at half time and get destroyed by the other teams TEs. Who the hell else was Gradsuckski going to throw to? DHB can't catch or run routes. Plain and simple the players lost that game.
Now if you want to blame Fat JJ, Shank Graham, Caldwell then that is a legitimate argument. I loath Shayme Graham. Least favorite Bengal ever. If he bit a hooker or hit a cop car he would go up in my book. I personally don't blame Caldwell, he is solid and caught some clutch passes in the past. If we won that game, this article wouldn't even have been written, even though the PLAYERs played awful.

@MJ -

False. We've been calling for Brat's head since before he even got the job.

It makes me wonder if you even watch football if you believe Benson is in the same class of Johnson, Peterson and Jackson.

The offensive line may be a little better built for running than passing but the difference in ability between the two is small enough to be unimportant. And statistically the Bengals are still better at passing than running even if they are "built" for the run as you claim.

Who caught the tying touchdown for Oakland? Was it their TE? Nope. What adjustments did Zimmer fail to make?

Of course Zimmer can do wrong. He's human. But do you trust Mikey Boy to find someone else better than him if he leaves? The point is he's the best possible we can hope for as Bengals fans. Not that he can do no wrong.

You can damn well bet this article would have been written based on the first down running stats and ratio of runs/passes alone even if they had won.

The difference between Zimmer and Brat is that Zimmer is using Joseph and Hall as his prime weapons, since they're two of the better players. Whereas Brat is using Carson Palmer to hand off and Chad Ochocinco to stand around pouting.

One more thing about Bengals line blocking, from Football Outsiders:

1. 6th ranked in pass blocking
2. 10th ranked in power run success
3. 21st ranked in 10+ long run success

So really there isn't no evidence they are built to run the ball better. It appears what they do well is power runs when short yardage is needed but that's it.

How can you not think he is in that class? Are you talking about Steven Jackson? Benson was leading and close to leading the league in yards. Also I think the fact that I am on this website arguing over the level of Benson's skills is proof enough that I watch football. Right now no one, not even AP is in Chris Johnsons class. If you want to break it down into tiers. AP and Johnson are hands down the best RBs in the league. I would then go with MJD, Deangelo Williams, Michael Turner, and Cedric. I have trouble gaging Steven Jackson because I don't watch the Rams play. I would rather watch an episode of Shank Graham on Cribs than that. Running Back is a fickle position. Last year I thought Brandon Jacobs and Marion Barber were the shit. This year they both have under achieved. Now is Frank Gore and Ray Rice not in that class who knows? Next year we will be talking about how some other RB is under achieving and how we need to draft Cedric's replacement.

You do have some valid points. Zimmer is a god compared to other coordinators who we have had in the past. I just don't think Brat is that bad. Listen to the players, John Thorton, and local commentators. You guys are in the minority in thinking Brat should be off playing golf some where. I like your analysis that the "O line" is built to do one thing versus another. I am not a big fan of the use of Football Outsider stats, different sites use their analysis to say absolutely anything.

It's interesting that we're discussing Ced because Ced wasn't playing on Sunday. Instead Brat made a game plan that tried to pretend that Scott and Leonard were Ced. Other than that one long run, this netted less than 3 yards per carry. Shouldn't a good OC know his personnel better than to mistake Scott and Leonard for Benson? Also, Oakland adjusted to the run-oriented offense and the Bengals never countered by going back to passes, especially passes designed to attack blitzes. Instead what you had were runs for less than 3 yards per attempt and 18 yard sacks being taken on the goal line.

If Ced played, maybe they crush the Raiders. But Ced wasn't there and Brat had all week to prepare for that, and the best he could come up with is pretending anybody can be Ced.

"isnt no" nice english. but other than that i cannot disagrue. Dre's fumble flushed away a seasons worth(Baltimore & Pitt) of goodwill.

MJ, Benson was close to leading the league in rushing probably because he was leading the league in carries. By a healthy enough margin that even after missing 1.5 games, he's still 2nd right now.

On the flip side, his yards per carry average is 20th among starting RBs right now. This is why he's not in the class of Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson. Ced is a good back, and Brat has been inflating his stats to make him look even better. But he's certainly not close to that uppermost tier.

As for Steven Jackson, he is literally the only weapon on the Rams. He faces stacked fronts on virtually every single play. And he's still got 1031 yards with a 4.8 ypc. Do you have any idea how difficult that is? If you put Steven Jackson on the Colts or the Saints, his stats would blow your mind. So yes, he definitely deserves to be in the Johnson/Peterson class, and Benson can't touch him either.

I love Ced as a player, but let's call it like it is.

thats a cute table

I laugh at Bengals fans who don't have a clue about Brat and his ways of running an offense. For those sticking up for Brat, if he left here would another team pick him up to be their OC? Now, answer this question. If you say, yes, then you are clueless!

The only thing we can all agree with MJ on is that Shayne Graham is a total d-bag. And he can't make clutch kicks (NOTE: he MISSED that kick against the Browns last time. You know it, I know it, Shayne "Ginger Kid" Graham knows it).

Sorry for the digression. Brat is not a terrible coordinator (well, maybe he is--without knowing what he calls vs. what Palmer audibles to, it's hard to say for sure). His biggest flaw, in my opinion, is that he is a total coward. If we get a lead of more than one score, he tries to play keep-away for the rest of the game, even if it's only the first quarter. That kind of gutless football will cost you games, just like it did against the Raiders.

WDR and football outsiders are correct. This team is clearly built to pass. How was the pass protection today? Was it also Brat who couldn't block a crappy defense? Thank god the team has a running game. I don't care where you rank any of the running backs, I am just glad we have a running game. I heard the fans booing today and I thought of the brilliant member of this page. Maybe they are running the ball because it is the only thing that is working? Maybe its because it controls the clock and keeps the Defense fresh? Or maybe its because they want to see Carson Palmer make it through an entire season?

But you guys could be right, Brat is incompent and doesn't understand how to call plays in the NFL. I don't know. I think I will listen to Bengals players, coaches, commentators, and former players who continue to say he is doing a nice job this season. Also the team record is kinda convincing.

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