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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 03, 2009


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They're really smart too. They're the only ones that say the bengals are in the NFC north

Man it feels good to be atop the NFC North....

Good story NPR.

Here here!

Agreed, good story, perhaps the most important part was talking about how even with the winning, fans are still wondering about management, and how some of them realize winning is only a band-aid that eventually has to be pulled off. Im all for the success but success isnt one winning season, its many. Titles determine success.

Kooistra got released today...
another guy who Hobspin liked to pretend was more than a sub-replacement-level body.

They really need HippopotaSmith to do something good in the second half. Like sit on a few Ravens.

If the Bengals lose this game, I predict no playoffs. There, I said it. I think the game comes down to a few key things:

On Offense:
1. protect Carson (#1 every week); no more than 2 sacks
2. Ced needs at least 80 yards rushing
3. 50% or higher 3rd down conversion rate (keep drives alive)

On D:
1. harass Flacco - sacks/hurries
2. hold Rice to less than 80 yards rushing
3. no 20+ yard plays
4. <40% 3rd down conversions (get D off field)

The Ravens are going to be better than the first time. They apparently remembered how to get pressure off of disguised blitzes against Denver--not sure why they didn't do that all season like they used to do to us all the time. But, honestly, if the Bengals play their game, this could be a 14+ point win (but they have to wrap up Rice). The two good things Brat has done (and I never defend him) this year are:

1.Carson actually has designed rollout plays (so he isn't a sitting duck) and
2.The bunch formation and double TE sets give Carson more protection

In all honesty, I've been the biggest critic of Bratkowski, but he deserves some credit this year. He could still do more (and he gets way too committed to the run when we're trailing), but there are recognizable changes over last year. OK, that's enough...

I think it's not difficult to see this game as the big game that decides playoffs or no. Assume losses at Pitt, at Minn, at SD. If they also lose this Sunday that's 6 losses total, with a non-easy game at New York Jets to end the season that could make it 7.

Of course if they finished 9-7, Mikey Boy would say that the fluke loss to Denver was all that separated them from a playoff spot, thereby proving what a great system he's put in place to "be competitive." No changes would be needed. This is a recording.

I really don't believe in the must-run-Ced theory. If Carson is completing his passes and they were able to get the ball to someone besides Chad (e.g. Henry or Coles contribute more than three catches, for a change), they wouldn't have to have the big running game to win. The problem this year in the passing game is all the penalties and drops -- too many blown 3rd downs. The Ravens are incredibly unlikely to let Ced beat them this Sunday... they are going to focus on stomping on the Bengals running game since Benson broke their streak last time.

It would be great if Mr Coffman wasn't sitting on the inactive list for a game like this.

By the way if you go by DVOA

then Baltimore would be expected to win this game in a walk. They are having one of the top 25 DVOA seasons through game 8, of all time.

Great story, but were does NPR get these announcers from? The dude sounds like he's on 'ludes.

Not to rag on DVOA, but when it lists the Patriots and the Eagles as the top teams in the league, Green Bay 6th and Miami 11th, I wouldn't be too worried about what it says.

I hope he is on 'ludes...they will give NPR a certain eclectic, appeal, that is so lacking once the grant contributors are mentioned, and once the fundraisers start (two words BAKE SALE...or is that one word?),

so 'lude it up, and let's hear it for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies!!!!

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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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