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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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You made a point that I was thinking about last night. Successful teams have a system and draft players that fit their system. As we all know, the Colts are a perfect example. They can find the hidden gems because they know exactly what type of player qualities work for them.

As an antithesis, look at the Raiders. Al Davis drafts players with great stats, but no coach lasts long enough to put a system in place to make it all work together.

Mike Zimmer is another great example of this. For the first time since Sam Wyche, there is a system on defense. And shazam! The system works. Kudos to the Bengals for getting him back.

Does anyone see evidence that Bratkowski has a system? Does a coordinator with a system see his unit's production go into free-fall compared to the rest of the league? I say no and no. Mike, make a second good staff move and go get Hue Jackson for OC.

Agree that I do not evidence Brat has a "system". If the Bengals take Gresham the TE at 21 is their any evidence we will use him enough to warrant the high selection? We haven't had a TE since Tony McGee and Rodney Holman. For ML's run first scheme are we better going Iupati the guard or take a chance on a playmaking WR such as Bryant/Tate that is sorely needed?

An identity is needed on offense, and as pointed out before on WDR in 2005 Rudi had 1,458 rushing yards which Ced would have came close to had he played in all 16 games. Bernard Scott can be the Chris Perry of 2005...think I just sold myself on WR being the #1 pick.

I absolutely agree with you JG. I generally want to see a lineman taken first, but this year they have to go with a WR first. Unless they sign a big-time FA in the mean time. With Chris Henry gone, Coles looking old and Caldwell showing that he lacks speed, they need someone to help Chad out. And let's be honest... Chad isn't going to have the elite tools forever.

As much as I would love to have a big time TE, I think speed is needed more to stretch the field. This offense is never going to get anywhere if they get 15+ yard plays to work.

Do you not realize that each of your points correlate to each other? #1 directly relates to #3 and indirectly to #4. #2 (Coffman, who I think has a bright future, if healthy) is a possible solution to #5. Solving #4 and #5 will solve #3. And, lastly, #2a will solve #'s 4,5 and 6. It's all relative and pretty simple, really.

I know its pointless at this time; however, I just want to point out Mike Brown drafted Jerome Simpson 2 picks ahead of Desean Jackson. Just Saying!

One flaw in your logic for the offense, which I basically agree with. You first have to decide if Carson is an average QB or an elite one. This determines the personnel you place around him. If Carson is elite, he should have the ability to read coverages, extend plays (slide/shuffle/scramble---think Big Ben), and make precision passes that make todays receivers 'open'. To clarify, in a Brees/Brady/Manning type offense, Chad and company would be considered 'open' in 80% more pass attempts than with CP at the helm. Carson looks for the 'wide open' guy, then checks down.

If Carson is simply average (in my opinion he is), then yes you will need elite receivers to make him effective. Go after the biggest/strongest receiver in the draft and try to pick up a speed guy in free agency. If the big wideout is not effective, convert him to a tight end. Continue to build the O-line because CP will demand heavy protection to offset his immobility. And continue to build RBs as the Bengals will be geared to run at a 60/40 clip and only score about 17 points a game.

I disagree with moves 5 and 6. NFL teams do not need depth at safety and tight end...they need depth on the offensive and defensive lines.

Losing Crocker and Williams and having to run Tommy Nelson out there hurt, but it did not hurt as much as losing Odom, Peko and Sims for multiple games. The Bengals were getting pressure on opposing QBs when they had a deep rotation of DTs, but as soon as these guys started getting hurt...that pressure disappeared.

And keeping Tommy Nelson over Cory Mays was a terrible decision.

As far as draft philosophies go; the Bengals need to quit dicking around with projects like Simpson and Stacy Andrews. Pick guys you know can come in and contribute ASAP. The Bengals are not good enough to effectively redshirt guys and develop the later.

your preamble needs to change to 19 seasons without a playoff win. We might as well be accurate.

Injury free? You're right we sure didn't get hit with injuries this year:
Reggie Kelly
Antwan Odom (leading the league in sacks at the time)
Roy Williams
Rey Malauaga

This team was hit pretty hard on the defensive side of the ball this year, the difference is Zimmer is able to adjust his defense to the players we have on the field. With Bratkowski I don't think he always calls a horrible game. What makes him horrible is when players go down he's not able to adjust the game plan accordingly. So when we lose Chris Henry he assumes we can run the same plan of attack with a player less skilled and unfortunately the results are horrendous. This would also help explain why the team looks wildly helpless whenever Carson's not in the game.

This post was a little too general. The Bengals had an IR list of 20+ guys last year, and that didn't include Carson Palmer. The return of many of those players has a lot to do with the turnaround as well.

Ignoring offensive line in the draft wouldn't be a good thing either. This team needs guys who can run block AND pass block. I could see drafting a guard at least.

Palmer is a victim of the line, the receiving options and the new system.

Seriously, Bratkowski won't be gone this season. He'll be here no doubt in my mind. If Brown won't fire him after a 4-11-1 season, what would make you think he'd fire him after a 10-6 season where we had a somewhat decent running game finally?

With all due respect to previous commenters, "depth" at safety is indeed a priority; I would rank it #3 on that list instead of #6. When it comes to pass defence, we were in great shape against #1 and #2 wideouts almost all year (Houston and SD excepted), but got torched as often as not by slot receivers and tight ends. In fact, that (along with shanked field goals) was the margin of victory in the playoff game. The safeties we had were okay in supporting the run, and helping the corners over the top, but really struggled covering the center of the field. We absolutely need a top-shelf coverage safety in the draft, not as "depth" but as a starter; 2nd round or even the 1st.

What happened to hire a GM? Hire a GM should be number 1.

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