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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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Agreed. All the speculation about AB seems to be mostly unfounded, based on the facts as you look back through all the offseason news. A lot of this is started by Bengal hating news sources like ProFootballTalk.com and generalist football journalists who clearly have not done one iota of research.

They posted articles on this stirring up a fray with no sources, simply saying "there has been chatter" about PUP list, knee, etc. John Thornton tweeted that he can't believe people are counting AB out. Marvin emphatically stated that this signing has absolutely not bearing on AB, that he's been playing all the spots during preseason.

I was surprised when Drew Rosenhaus brought up AB's health, seems like a pretty vindictive move toward a non-client.

It sucks for AB to have all this floating around out there, but it can be quited very quickly tomorrow.

Separate thought... every time I turn on ESPN over the last day Herm Edwards and others are talking Bengals, TO, Carson praising the move. How different is this than years ago when you'd be lucky to see our score flash by on the ticker. Seems like that's been the case a lot this off season with the moves. Barrell is loaded boys, we're playing with a full deck. We'll see where this goes.

You can't put any stock in an "article" that Mike Florio or one of his stupid minions writes. Unfortunately, PFT has morphed into a site hit accumulator with no real concern for the things they are speculating about or reporting, I have given up trying to rationalize patronizing the site, I just don't go anymore. That said, I echo the sentiment in this post that says there is no ACTUAL source or reason to think the signing of TO is anything other than filling of the Orange and Black gun with as many bullets as possible at the right time and for the right price. My assumption/speculation is that while Bryant's knee IS a concern, it's NOWHERE near the concern that Drew Rosenhaus (what a whore) or the ill informed talking heads of the media are making it out to be. Bryant will be used smartly during camp and preseason games to keep him fresh, and I wouldn't be too surprised to see him get a slow work into the lineup as the season progresses, again, to keep him as fresh as possible. I still remember the last monday night game in 2008 season when he WENT OFF for like 220 and 3 TD's or something ridiculous like that against the Panthers (who went to the playoffs that year). The guy's got it, no doubt, the doom and gloom is unwarranted. JT got it right when he said yesterday that the ONLY downside to this move is that the rooks don't get AS MUCH ability to get game experience, and one more person that probably could have made the team, will be gone come September. Boo Hoo.

You got one too many "http"s in those links there, SWB.

The one very real possibility is that the Bengals are not confident in their running game. Benson may still have some legal issues to deal with which may leave them pretty thin at RB. I spend a fair amount of time in Tampa and follow the Bucs pretty closely. When a 3-13 team trying to develop a young QB did not even have a conversation with Bryant, that struck many folks as odd. I think there's a lot going on here, but Bryant has never finished a long-term contract with any team, has failed a drug test and had to sue the NFL to be re-instated. The reason the journalists has called out this guy is because they are a lot more familiar with him than the people are in Cincinnati.

TO signing raises a lot of questions for sure. I'm not too concerned about off the field stuff but I am concerned with how our OC is going to piece together what is now a considerably different offense from last year. Does he really have the capability (and time?) to put together different packages for different opposition, which is the logical way forward? I would love to think so but I remain sceptical. Potentially we have an offense which is unpredictable in a very good way indeed - it will take talent and balls of brass to run it though.

Bryant's knee will be fine. My theory is that TO's price dropped as the summer went on. Mike Brown likes to look through the bargain bin of humanity. That's as much a reason why he picked TO, Matt Jones and Pacman Jones as anything. He views opportunities for cheap and talented players differently than other owners.

This is just another perfect example of the ignorance of the mass media. They hyper-inflate stories to make things more dramatic, and never broadcast anything with substance. In Cincy, the narrative is the Bengals can never do anything right, and they stick with that. If the Bengals were to make a significant roster move that benefits the team, the media will find a way to twist it into a negative. The mass media does the same crap with politics whether its Obama or Bush, and the sports media has tuned into this formula as well b/c it sells and gets people fired up. This is why I stick to NPR, the BBC, Joe Reedy, and WDR as my trusted new sources to avoid this BS. I still read PFT, but it is a shell of what it used to be: it is more TMZ than football these days.

Remember when Marvin made the decision back in 2004 to make Palmer the starter over Kitna? It was the correct decision b/c Kitna was never going to take this team anywhere; the media tore that decision to shreds. I think it was even debated to death on PTR, and Marvin was probably ruled an idiot.

Bien, I agree with the second paragraph that they did this to load the team up with weapons and take a shot to win it all this year. Marvin and/or Mike knew that the 5 million asking price TO was asking would drop as the offseason wore on. They basically got both of the guys they targeted for a good price. Great job on their part. If I was Brat, I would use TO in the slot to try to get him matched up on a nickel or dime CB or in some cases a LB; it would be like shooting ducks in a barrel. Unfortunately, I am not Brat and who knows what he is going to do.

Bien, do you have that post from this offseason where you created an offseason needs list? I bet the team would grade out an A in filling those needs. The only hole I don't think they filled that was on that list is LG, and we better hope that Livings has developed so Palmer can confidentially sit back in the pocket like 2005 and pick opponents apart.

I said from day one of the offseason, that if they make the right moves they have a very good chance to become contenders this year. I believe Marvin knew this as well and they did their best to load this team up with talent and filled all of their major holes that they needed to fill. I am surprised Vegas missed this and has them so far down in the odds (below the Steelers even). Now that the team has talent, we should try to advocate for Mike to sign Marvin to another 3 years.

Kind of off the subject.

Just saw that the Commish will announce today that Vince Young will not be suspended for his strip club fight. This is his first incident. Wondering if Ced will get just as lucky. I know this is not Ced's first incident of getting in trouble, but I am keeping my fingers crossed. Is it his first bar fight?

I can not wait to the Thanksgiving game against the J-E-T-S. With the amount of Pro-Bowlers and Pro-Bowl talent the Jets and the Bengals have it is going to be like a Mini-Pro-Bowl. Revenge is ours!!!!

@Michael,

This is Cedric's first violent offense. He had two separate Boating While Intoxicated charges that were dropped. Based on that, plus the fact that this occurred in a bar, I'd say that Goodell will likely suspend Cedric for the entire season. If he played for any other team, he'd have to do counseling but wouldn't miss any games.

Wyatt,

I am afraid that you may be correct on this. The commish has a bad track record at being "fair":
Chris Henry: 8 games.
Ben Ben rapes a girl: 4 games.
Joey Porter and his gang jumps an injured Rod Jones at Vegas blackjack table and its caught on tape: we'll let that one slide since he is a Pro Bowler.

That is the only thing helping Ced right now, is that he is a potential All Pro. The NFL does not like bad PR with its stars; hence the attempted coverup of the Plaxico incident by NFL security officials.

Realistically, Benson gets no suspension or a slap on the wrist, but with Goddell you never know.

@Blester

Levi Jones, buddy. And Porter didn't get a slap on the wrist because he was a Pro Bowler - he got a slap on the wrist because he was a Pro Bowl former Steeler. Goodell and the Rooneys are tight, so the Steelers don't get disciplined.

looks like everything is okay for benson now.

is it just me or does anybody else see a turning of the tides, so to speak, about the perception around the league regarding the bengals front office? Basically, people finally buying in to what mike brown of all people is selling?

“He’s got my back,” said Benson of Bengals president Mike Brown. “When I got arrested, I was nervous. I thought I was going to get the same kind of reaction from this team that I got in Chicago. I was just amazed at how different it was. They took the time to look into the facts. Just took more of an initiative. We’re not just invested for what the type of player you are. What you can give us on the football field? But, we are invested in you as a person. That’s the impression I got. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Chris Henry, Adam Jones, Tank Johnson, Ced Benson, Antonio Bryant, Roy Williams, Rey Rey...now terrell owens. Who knows maybe we pick up somebody else off the street during the season like the last 2 years with crocker and d. jones and benson and l. johnson.

Is this idea of a team built on the motivational principle of redemption starting to work?

Are we the 2010 version of the 80's raiders or are we the 2010 version of the recent Pats?

Maybe we are just the 2010 Bengals.

I think if we are successful this season at all, we can finally leave the nickname "bungles" behind forever.

My final question is if this whole "giving players a 2nd, 3rd, fif, 8th chance" works out for us this season, do you think other teams will start following the "bengal's formula" for player acquisition?

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