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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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I am not going to hit the panic button with the O-line until the 3rd pre-season game. For some reason, Marvin doesn't prepare for the opposing team's stunts and blitz packages until the third week so the offense has always looked like hell in the first two preseason games with him as coach. I don't understand his logic on this one.

However, I agree with your point 100%, if they are committed to winning this year since 2011 is not looking to good, they should go after one of those two guys and get them in here to upgrade the OL ASAP. As long as the Cook is the center it would not be a huge disruption to the OL's communication.

If only it were as easy to trade as it us in madden. You're forgetting the factor that those players team probably don't want to trade those players or else they would have been traded long ago. Yes the bengaks could overspend and offer a trade that no one could say no to, but then you just mortgaged the future for a guybthat may or may not help you out.

Mankins makes sense because the Left Guard position on this team is in flux right now. If you sign McNeill, you'd have to kick Whit to LG. That's a VERY good idea on PAPER, but would it work? I'm on record saying that I think Whit is a better LG than LT. If this was mid-May or early June, I'd say spring for a trade for McNeill and make this happen. The problem is that Whit is the anchor and these guys have been practicing and playing together for a while now. Bringing in McNeill could be a gamble--he hasn't been practicing and you're bringing in a guy at arguable the second most important position on the team who isn't familiar with the offense. So, while it sounds good in theory, it could work against them. I doubt they'll go after one of those guys. I wouldn't mind them going after Chester Pitts (Left Guard) if he's still available in free agency. He's a proven, solid veteran and would be an upgrade at that position.

@Claus - you've outlined the two ways either player works (either Whit stays at LT or we move him back to LG) and both are fine with me.

@the truth - obviously executing a trade is much harder in reality than on paper. the point of the post is just to say 1) it would be nice if the Bengals would entertain the notion (they won't) and 2) don't fool yourself into thinking they really went all out this offseason.

I actually would be pissed if the bengals entertained the notion. Whit may not be a top 5 LT bit he is a good LT. Not only would they have to give up at least a 1 and a 3 if not more they would have to give McNeil top dollar. If a guy is holding out for hs current team do you really think he'll take less here?

Also why mess with chemistry after one preseason game. Overescting

After watching the game again last night, it really was not as bad as I remembered. They were able to move the ball at will when Dallas didn't blitz and stunt, and TO was able to get open whenever he wanted even against their Pro Bowl CB. We'll see if they look any better in week 2 of the preseason. I am betting that they will not look that great again this week.

I would love to see them make a move for either of these guys to upgrade the OL, but Bien is right, but realistically it is not going to happen.

It's only been one preseason game but I can understand the anxiety regarding the OL especially if one of them gets injured. I do like the trade idea because of the extra cap space we got. If we even got one of those guys that would vastly improve our line. My biggest concern on the line is the RT position (or whatever position Roland plays) most of the game it seemed like Carson was getting pressure from the front side but I could be wrong.

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    Bengals Futility - By The Numbers

    • 20 - Years since the Bengals have won a playoff game

      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

      6 - Seasons the Bengals have lost their first six games since 1991. No other team has more than two.

      0 - Teams North of Cincinnati without an indoor practice facility

      10 - Players arrested in a 14 month span from 2005-2006

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

      458,000,000 - Amount, in dollars, that Hamilton County Taxpayers paid to build PBS

      2032 - Year that Hamilton County will have finally paid off its debt on the stadium deal

      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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