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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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I think we'll find out the next two weeks.

"At least, that's what I hope. Cause if it's a lot of luck that will not continue."

Yeah, especially since the two teams luckier than the Bengals they'll see either next week (the Vikings) or, ideally, in the playoffs (the Colts). Also, in listening to Sunday's post game show on WLW, the thing that kept coming up was that this offense was built to win games in cold weather. How does that help them in the Metrodome, in San Diego, or, in the playoffs, in the Lucas Oil Dome (don't kid yourself - the roof will be closed for that game)?

I don't understand why you can't build an offense to win games in any kind of weather. The 1988 Bengals led the league in running but weren't too shabby throwing the ball.

If you sub out JP Foschi for Antonio Gonzalez this offense leads the league or is pretty close, both running and passing.

Yeah - my problem with this is that it seems by definition any team with an extreme record, 0-3 wins or losses over a year, will be defined as very lucky because even really good statistical teams are only projected to win like 75% of their games (12 wins).

Hence the Saints, Vikings and Colts are the "luckiest" teams in the NFL according to these measures. Well, okay, but they're also easily 3 of the 5 best teams and would be in first place in their divisions even without "luck". Have you ever seen an average team go 13-3 or 14-2 or 3-13? Nope. I don't think it's useful to call, say, the 1998 Broncos a lucky team with 14 wins.

I think they need a slightly more nuanced way to quantify luck. It appears to be more useful for middle of the pack teams where luck can really change a season.

If you look at the week 12 DVOA article (just change 13 to 12 in the url) you'll actually find an explanation of why the Bengals make DVOA cry.

I really don't know if this year is for real, yet. Great record, really good defense and great running attack. It is just so unCincinnati like that I think many fans are still skeptical and waiting. There's no doubt now that we will make the playoffs. It is just a question of how far we go. I think the regular season tests that remain pale in comparison to the playoffs. Anything less than a spot in the AFC title game is disappointing.

Thank you WDR for asking what the fans think!

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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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