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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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July 27, 2010

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"Because I don't want to do the research, what are some examples from the past (in all sports, but NFL examples preferred) of TO like signings that have worked? Big name, aging veteran who is not known as being the best teammate being signed by a team and having it work out?"

Corey Dillon? Stings, I know.

@ Mockenrue - great point. Do you think his success in NE was due to Belichick and the winning culture in NE and that forced Corey to change his ways? I worry that TO won't have the same motivation to get his act together when Chad is acting up on the other side of the field.

I can't think of anything like it. We have 3 players on our team with their own fucking tv shows. It's wild.

And we haven't even discussed the guys with actual rap sheets. My take: it's so obvious this should be a headcase disaster it won't be. I just wish we would have bet on head case Brandon Marshall originally instead of Bryant. But whatever.

Go 12-4, win the AFC Championship game, and on Super Bowl Sunday they'll talk about how well the crazy characters meshed.

Go 6-10, and it'll be "this one's a cancer", "that one's a cancer."

Signing TO guarantees a way to explain whatever happens this season. One way or the other!

I know that I was one of the largest TO supporters early on with this mess, but if Byant's knees are playing into this look at yet another reciever, then you have to consider that while TO may not be the answer, there is definately something in the locker-room driving this re-evaluation of the top three receivers. So here are some positive assumptions:

- Mike Brown may actually be trying (as hard as Mikey tries) to win a play-off game or maybe even a Super Bowl. He has already paid out the ass on recievers and he is still ponying up money... albeit still a bargain player at this point.
- Brat offense of next year is a return to the shot-gun / play action. Why would he need the reciever corps from Vallhala if he wasn't?
- The Cory Dillon Effect. Its a long shot, but TO has been snubed by every team in the league! If his reality tv show is any indicator, his personal life is not exactly 'riding the wave' anymore either. Granted Chad is still Chad and the Bengals aren't the Pats, but maybe this is just what TO needs to be 'redeemed' if not full-blow saved? He did say that he would cut his salary in half to play for the Bengals. I'm not sure what that says, but it says something...

However, the orange-clad cynic in me has two glaring concerns.
- IF Bryant is not 100%, then TO is being looked at as a last minute replacement and not an extention of the offence. The picture changes considerably from Ocho/Bryant at wide out, TO at slot, and Gresham in TE to a Ocho/TO at wide out, Shipley at slot, and Gresham in TE. Its not bad, but I don't know if its enough in the AFC North.
- The Return of Pacman. I genuinely think that Adam is going to contribute to the Bengals in a sick Cedric Benson-like way this season. However, like a recovering alcoholic, putting him next door to a bar isn't the greatest idea. This is my metaphor for TO and Jone in the same locker-room... possibly. God, I hope not.

Bottomline: huge gamble. Further, I'm not sure if we need it? But if Bryant is a question mark in anyway, and we want a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl, then then I reluctantly say pull the trigger. Sign him.

I'm not sold on it, but I'm hopeful that it'll work. In terms of signings like TO in other sports, Rodman to the Bulls worked out pretty well, as well as Rasheed Wallace to the Pistons and Ron Artest to the Lakers. I don't watch much baseball outside of the Redlegs, but now that the Yankees have won the World Series again, I guess you could say signing Gay-Rod finally paid off - that's probably the most apt comparison I can think of: Jeter:A-Rod::Chad:TO, only without the extra years to wait to actually see a championship.

-You guys have all brought up the outlandish examples, but less obvious ones include Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen going to the Cardinals. Rolen going to the Reds.
-Randy Moss going to the Patriots works too.

To be honest, the Bengals seem to have a balance of egomaniac guys who are obnoxious(T-O, OCHO, Kyle Cook) and guys who seem mild mannered but have long rap sheets(Benson, PacMan, Tank). I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing but the trouble T.O causes won't really impact whatever trouble PacMan causes.


lets not forget:

Corey Dillon to the pats

Ron Artest to the Lakers

both were supposedly troubled as well as Petry pointed out Randy Moss to the Pats as well.

Oh yea, and they all won rings.

Brosef - I think it was clear that Corey just wanted to win a championship, and knew that during his career it would never happen with the Bengals, due to what he saw going on behind the scenes. Houshmandzadeh left for the same reasons. Housh is still doing a bit of moaning, but Corey went to the defending Super Bowl champs, and Housh went to the Seattle Seahawks. There's a big divide there. I do believe ultimately it comes down to a desire to win. T.O. has done everything in his career other than win a title. I believe, and hope I'm right, that his coming to Cincinnati is an indication that he feels the Bengals have a reasonable chance to win a Super Bowl (at least as much as other teams that might have signed him), and that he wants to actually enjoy the twilight of his career by partnering up with an off-the-field friend. I think if that's the attitude (I want to win at any cost and have fun while playing instead of constant drama), the addition is sound and we will see the move "work out."

Bret Favre with the vikings

Jerry Rice is easily the most obvious example.
Went to the Raiders at age 39 and had 83 catches, 1139 yards and 9 TDs
The next year, at 40, he had 92 catches, 1211 yards, and 7 TDs and went to the Super Bowl with the Raiders going 5/77/1 in that game.

This was after his last year in SF (at age 38) where he he had only 75/805/7 which were declining numbers by his standards.

-QG

Was Jerry Rice ever perceived as a team cancer though? That's the crux of it. It's not just older guys playing well, but older guys who are supposed team-destroyers going somewhere and playing well whilst simultaneously dropping the negative image. I don't recall Rice being any kind of cancer during his career.

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