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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;

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    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:

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    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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They should sign Odell and corner the market on redemption. I'm sure nobody will get caught doing anything once Mike Brown waves his magic wand, right?

I posted this on a recent post a few hours ago in response to 'The Truths' Idiocies but ill post it again for shits and giggles.

David Pollack mentioned via his tweets that the reason Maualuga dropped in the draft was because he had these same drinking problems while at USC.

Also, I have a very close friend of mine who works within the Brown's organization, and he mentioned to me last year during the draft and again today that: "All Browns fans were wondering why the Browns didnt draft Rey Maualuga or why no other team did. Then through the grapevine and through other inside Brown's officials he found out the reason was because of his drinking habits while in college and some other poor Character issues."

Again this reinforces the fact that we didnt get lucky that he fell to the Bengals in the Draft, we just decided AGAIN to draft a guy that most teams had red flags on due to his drinking problems. This is a ongoing trend for the Bengals! Did we know he had these problems and the Bengals chose to ignore them or did we not even know about these issues due to our small terrible and old scouting department? (Ill take the latter of the 2)

Finally Will Anderson and John Thorton mention via their tweets that the Bengals lost a very good coach and person in Ray Oliver. Hob mentions it on Bengals.com as well. According to those 2 players tweets and comments by BagDad, Ray Oliver was more than a strength coach but someone who helped players find their inner selves and avoid making mistakes in life. With Ray Gone, Willie and John both feel that the Bengals might fall back into the recent days of finding themselves dealing with players getting into constant trouble with the law. Again an on going trend for Mike Browns Bungals...

These points just reinforce how poor the Bengals front office is and the need to hire a GM, more scouts, the right coaches, and the right personnel...

My bet is two months ago Jordan was right there begging to kiss Rey's ass and now just wants to look smart. So he got a DUI big "f'n" deal it happens to a ton of players/people both of good and bad "character."

Getting a DUI is a big "f'n" deal, just ask Donte Stallworth. Rey got lucky he didn't kill anyone. This says alot about his judgement and general intelligence. The NFL and the Bengals in particular preach to the players if you go out and get drunk, you don't drive. Call the Limo service they provide or a cab, you can afford it.

@ The Truth

First off Ignorance is Bliss. Secondly you bet wrong! I was NOT begging to Kiss Rey's ass (which I find funny you would even try to mention something like this). The Truth is I am always skeptical of the players the Bengals draft, until they prove me other wise because being a Bengals Fan my entire life, Ive been let down to many times!

Finally A DUI is a big F'n Deal. You are an NFL player and regardless of your age you are held to much higher standards than most 'normal' people. Secondly, Its more than getting a DUI its the fact that the Bengals have been labeled as convicts and have been labeled as being one of the worst character teams in the league.

I didn't know that the Professor Bob Bratkowski got a DUI back in 02. Does anybody with a great understanding of the internets know how to get his mugshot?

And cue the drumroll "rimshot" after this article. Boy, the authors and posters are just a bunch of stand-up comedians aren't they? I'm split down the middle on what happened with Rey. We all know that the guy is first round talent that slipped to the Bengals in the second. I always referred to him as their "true" first rounder due to the limited playing time from Andre Smith through the season. The guy did something reckless and stupid and he is extremely fortunate that nobody was injured or killed. However, it could have been a lot worse, i.e. the potential, above-mentioned scenarios, robbery, murder, another injury. I'm also not as harsh on him because the Bengals have cleaned up their act over the last couple of years and this was Rey's first indiscretion with the Bengals and he is only 23 years old. This will play out as either one of two ways: Rey will learn his lesson and keep his nose clean for most if not all of his Bengals career by looking at the examples of Odell Thurman and Chris Henry; or, he'll continue this pattern of behavior regardless of what happened last night. So, stay tuned.

In a semi-unreleated note, I am going to go see Zach Galafinakis (Fat Jesus from the movie "The Hangover") tonight in a stand-up performance. Pretty amped about that.

I Agree with the Brat hate but selling out Rey already is assinine he got a DUI okay stupid move but so did Leon Hall,Did question drafting him after it happened? how about all praise Cedric has gotten? hes been boating well under the influence...So Yes Rey made mistake but don't give up on the kid yet :|

@Jordan
What a life you must live when all you do is look for the worst in situations. Why root for a team if all you expect is that they will fail and all you want to do is complain about everything they do. Go root for the Colts or Browns then. You are probably one of the people who only complained when they won the division and didn't even enjoy it. I get annoyed with a fair amount of things they do but i can at least enjoy the good things.

@Jordan
I totally disagree. I've never thought that just because someone plays a professional sport they should be held to a higher standard than anyone else. If people turn them into "role models" that is that person's fault not the players. Does anyone care if someone on the practice squad of the Colts gets a DUI or writes a bad check?? No. Just because he was drafted in the 2nd round doesn't mean he has to be a choir boy for his whole life.
I guess you think Tiger Woods should never pick up a golf club again??? Should he be vilified? I guess Vick shouldn't have been allowed to play again? I guess Ray Lewis should have hanged up his cleats years ago. How many players in the Hall of Fame probably did as much if not worse than Rey, etc they just didnt' live in an age where if a player sneezes the whole country knows before someone can say "bless you"

@Truth

Again Dawg, you aren't even remotely close to being right! Quit Assuming you know what kind of fan I am! Its absolutely asinine to even think you have any clue how I feel about certain players or other teams in the league considering ive only posted a few comments on here.

For the record, Im not calling out individual players for their actions. All I am saying is when you are a professional athlete you are held to higher standards and thats a fact. (but you probably dont realize that cuz you sit in your mommas basement, smoke weed all damn day and work at the local Skyline so your standards must be pretty low)(( how do you like it when someone else assumes what kind of person you are, A$$Hole!))

There are thousands of fans that are kids and these kids cant critically analyze what the media writes or accurately understand players actions. Therefore, players need to think about certain consequences before acting.

Finally, you can throw out every single comment Ive posted on here prior to this one because the only reason I am displeased is because the Bengals I know have had only 2 winning seasons in 19 years with ZERO Playoff Wins! ZERO. Any true Bengals fan cant be content with mediocrity and thats the main point im trying to make! Its absolutely ridiculous what has transpired within this franchise when Paul Brown passed away and handed his team to his incompetent son. A F'N JOKE! One more thing I bleed Black and Orange but Im damn tired of mediocrity and I want to know what it feels like to root for a winning organization and team year in and year out.

So Truth, please keep making your ridiculous judgments of others and go back to the rock you currently live under!

Truth-

To clear things up. I am a huge Rey Fan, why else would I be so pissed about this story. Rey is a huge contribution to the Bengals Defense and if the Bengals want to get back to the playoffs they will need Rey, but that is exactly why this shit pisses me off so much. This is an ongoing trend for this team. Rey is supposed to be our team leader on Defense for years to come and not even a month after the season ends, he ends up in Jail with a DUI! What kind of message does that send Bengals fans of all ages?

Also your comments about Tiger, Vick, Ill even add in Ray Lewis, Yes all of them had their run ins with the law and do I condone their actions, Hell no! Do i think they should not be allowed to play their respective sport again, NO! Yes, they should be allowed to play again as long as they learn from their actions and yes so should Rey, that is not my point in regard to this matter. It has so much more to do then just Rey's Actions. Its the moral of the matter. Open your eyes dude, and realize what points im trying to make quit jumping to ignorant conclusions because its making you look like a complete dipshit.

someone get jordan and truth a honeymoon suite already for a makeup fuck

How about as a society we stop treating these people as special?

When I played pee-wee I remember the best players were treated differently. In high school the stars got out of class or their issues ignored. You can catch a football, but not understand math- no problem... Our star LB was screwing a math teacher. Ironically our clean cut star QB, who never was good enough to play in college but was treated as such since 6th grade, is now in jail for accounting fraud/ money laundering. This was just in lame ass Beavercreek, Ohio. I can't imagine what it must be like in lower class schools- or at schools like Moeller, Massilon, etc.

Parents put this crap in these kids heads and then it is reinforced by society. Sports are fun, but this idol crap ruins it.

blester mustve sucked at football....

So here's a thought... ...what if he was so inexperienced in 'tying one on' that he didn't know or recognie how bad off he was and he did something foolish because he'd never been in that situation before?

Condem the guy without knowing the full story. I hate to say it (no I don't really) but this takes away your credibility in that you simply don't know the situation and are already painting him as a miscreant (maybe he is? maybe he isn't? the point is that you don't know -- no do you? You his buddy? You lay awake with him in bed and know his habits?)

Interesting how you put the cart before the horse.

Now if Maualuga comes forth with a whole list of previous problems related to this -- then you have room to talk -- otherwise, save your baiting for some who gives a fuck!


Rey's new nickname should be


Rey Get-Sum-ShUga...Times-Two-Ga

I think that my group of bengal regulars need to stop meeting bengal players. In 2005 @ detroit casino we met Chris Henry and Odell Thurman and everyone knows how that turned out. After the playoff game this yr we ran into Rey waiting for the valet to pull up his truck downtown. We are bad luck!

o on a side note rey is not that big in person, but does have a smoking hot girlfriend!

I'm all for pointing fingers at the Bengals front office when they screw something up--which they do frequently--but I don't think Maualuga's DUI is further proof that they ignore character issues.

A couple things:

1. The knock on Maualuga was that he might be a two-down linebacker because he struggled in coverage. Also, he was prone to mental gaffes. I don't believe many teams passed on him because his character was a liability.
2. 31 other teams did not pass on him at least once; 29 did. Now, I realize that this will initially make readers laugh and say, "29, 31, what's the difference?" For one, the statistic is wrong, and I hate statistics that are wrong. For two, the fact that other teams passed on a guy is not automatically proof that he shouldn't be drafted. In theory, 31 other teams passed at least once on any guy not drafted in the first round. A guy that goes in the second round is going to have some knock on him; otherwise, he would go in the first. The fact other teams passed on him only means that they didn't view him as the best value at the time. This argument cuts both ways as well. We all wish that the Bengals had drafted Desean Jackson in 2008, but 31 other teams passed on him too. So we can blame the scouting department for guessing wrong on that one, but 31 other teams guessed wrong too...at least in theory.
3. Leon Hall got a DUI too. He is supposed to a high-character guy, though. I don't know that one DUI should brand you as a character problem.
4. The Bengals front office has made so many truly terrible decisions. If we're going to chastise them, let's focus on the ones that were truly stupid. Like giving Coles 30 million, drafting Jerome Simpson (just because we can't totally blame them on Jackson doesn't mean we can't wonder what the heck they saw in Simpson), continuing to hold onto Bratkowski, etc.

@Matt: with you on the inaccurate stats. That's why I get peeved when someone calls the last 19 Bengals years "mediocrity". WTF?!?!?

They have the LONGEST STREAK in the entire NFL of not having a playoff win. That's not "mediocrity", it's SUCKING.

A DUI, Leon, Bob B., Odell, a TON of other players (Steinbach had a BUI), One HUGE gaffe doesn't a character problem make. Repeated/similar offenses to this one are indicative. Let's not jump to conclusions. Sign Brandon Johnson!!!! Preferably for at least two years!!!!! How about Mikey boy and co. offering the county money!??!?!?! What the hell world did I wake up in today?!

46 teams passed on Desean Jackson, does he have "bad character??"

Truth...

Actually there are only 32 teams in the NFL, so its impossible for 46 teams to pass on a player. Plus, i dont think someone like Action Jackson was passed up due to character issues, im certain it had to do more with size and stature at the NFL Level. Just Sayin

lol, sorry i didn't mean 46 teams i intended on conveying he was passed over 46 times by the 32 teams. Even Philly passed on him in the second round drafting a DT just before they drafted him.

Anyway, I followed Rey in the draft (i was hoping he was our first pick, i was stoked when we got him in the second), i remember concerns about his abilities but i don't remember any draft coverage talking about character issues.

Apparently Rey attended an Alcohol Treatment facility of some type while at USC for "similar incidents." Acording to PFT.com I was unaware of that. Doesn't change my opinion, but I wonder if the Bengals were aware of that last April.

Listen, I hate to agree with the lower common denominator types on the site (truth, I'm looking at you, you little rapscallion you), but let's not completely overreact here. I myself was charged with a DUI when I was 23 and in my fifth year at Penn State, and now, almost seven years later, I've managed to finish college, get a good job, become a good father, and generally become an all-around productive member of society. If we're truthful here, I'm willing to bet that everyone who frequents this blog has, at one time or another, either driven while over the legal limit and/or ridden with someone who was, although many of you were fortunate enough to not get caught. I'm not judging you based on one instance (or, perhaps, many) of bad judgment, so are you going to tell me that my daughter shouldn't consider me a role model, in spite of the lessons I learned from that night?

Instead of jumping to conclusions about Rey's character and the failings of the Bengals' scouting department (more on that later), let's give young Mr. Maualuga a chance to react to this incident and see if he indeed becomes the next Odell Thurman, or, as I believe is more likely, if he becomes the next Leon Hall, working quietly to put the past behind him and, for all intents and purposes, being a model citizen both on the field and off of it.

Now, as for damning the Bengals scouting department, let's stick to the known failures/shortcomings - the biggest and most glaring in my mind being the complete lack of weapons in the passing game for the team's $100+ million quarterback, especially in light of a 2nd round 2nd year WR and a 4th round rookie TE that weren't able to be activated for a single game all season.

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