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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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You're right about one thing: MJ is a freak. Sounds like he's been playing a lot of OLB in OTAs. High hopes for that guy.

Pressure on the QB will be essential and it seems like we have the pieces in place. Geathers is solid, maybe he hasn't had a real breakout year, but he's solid. He's only 27, maybe this year's his year finally. Add Odom, Fanene & Dunlap to Geathers and the aforementioned MJ, and you've got some reasonable serious talent and what seems like reasonable depth.

Not as sure on interior D-Line behind Tank & Peko.

First of all, how do I get one of those jobs watching games and scoring plays for FO? I WANT THAT JOB!! Please don't tell me that they've outsourced it to some telemarketing/help desk reject in India.

As for Geathers, I thought the same thing. His name hardly ever gets called by Lap or whatever goofball CBS sends to call the game (ie Gus Johnson). So it is easy to perceive him as pretty much just disappearing on most plays. Perhaps that isn't a fair evaluation, as FO seems to indicate. I can't say how much he does things that never appear on a stat sheet, like keeping runs inside or forcing a QB to his check down because RG is bearing down.

It is easy to view a hurry as failed sack because we often don't know what the offense wanted to do. If the QB chucks the ball to a bench, then we know. But if he checks down to a safety outlet, then we only know what happens, not that they had planned a 35 yard bomb down the right sideline but had to settle for a 5 yard outlet to the RB.

Believe me, I'll take a hurry any time I can get it, because it increases the odds of a mistake by the QB. But better teams also have better QBs who know how to find that outlet guy, and they have better guys to go to. (Manning isn't checking down to Dan Coats.) So maybe I do need to raise my opinion of Geathers a little based on this info, but it doesn't change all that much. I still want to see DEs putting QBs on the ground.

Who knows, maybe MJ will step up enough that he can give Geathers more rest and that help him out.

Sorry Major - don't think it's a paying gig. It's done by volunteers I believe. Sounds like a great job, right?

Michael Johnson = Peter Boulware.

Damn. I guess the dream of pulling down $120K to watch football all day goes back on ice.

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      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

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      0 - Teams North of Cincinnati without an indoor practice facility

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      32 - Mike Brown's ranking, out of 32, of the "Best Owners in the NFL" by Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated in 2007

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      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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