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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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Just a quick update, the team has now spent 14 million finding a replacement for TJ. TJ's money that Seattle guaranteed, 15 million. Now the team is renting TO who will take a roster spot away from another receiver which means they'll be signing another WR next year or drafting one. Makes sense, right?

I've said earlier, when the Bucs would not even talk to this guy it was a bad sign. They were a 3-13 team that is developing a young QB and would not touch a guy they franchised the previous season. He was their best WR by far and has been replaced by rookie Mike Williams. The Bucs may have had a rough season last year but this organization won a Super Bowl and have made the playoffs 5 times since 2000, they're not stupid.

BTW, why no information on the Forbes article about MB trying to weasel out of his agreement with the county?
http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/30/football-valuations-10_Cincinnati-Bengals_306869.html

Bienemy,

I don't disagree with anything you said. I think what is lost in this is the likelihood that Bryant is a liar who strung the Bengals along just enough to get signed and then pulled up lame. I guarantee you that between the Bengals medical staff, the coaching staff, and the front office staff, Bryant was asked a dozen times in a dozen ways: does he have pain?; if he worked out, what kind of work out he did and could he tolerate it?; could he play?; was his knee currently causing him problems? What kind of pain medication did he need? He probably lied that he was NOT having pain when the medical staff clinically tested his meniscus and his postoperative MRIs could go either way. Not everything is black and white.
I believe he told them whatever they wanted to hear and then managed long enough to grind through a few short workouts. Then he reinjured himself getting ready for training camp or just couldn't grind through the entire preseason
He goes out and paints himself as the victim so he can get even more compensation. There is almost assuredly more to this story and it is almost assuredly that Bryant is a liar who misrepresented himself to the Bengals. I question the integrity of the player in addition to the player's meniscus.

Usually when a screwup is this bad, it is multifactoral and can't be blamed solely on one party (i.e. the medical staff). The Bengals are ALWAYS digging through the bargain bin of humanity. That in and of itself is a dangerous way to operate and has cost them millions. Sometimes it pans out (Benson) and sometime it costs them dearly.

Now gimmie a $4.00 Denny's fried cheese melt, bitch!
(for a limited time only at participating Denny's locations)

I hear you Rich but obviously this is not a unique situation. Their have been free agents coming off injury before and I can't remember hearing about one of those situations being screwed up as much as this. I would love to hear of other examples if you can provide one. Obviously any free agent will be trying to present themselves as being perfectly healthy during the process. Relying on their word, even if you need someone to let you know if there's pain, is a horrible idea.

I am not going to begrudge Bryant trying to get a contract. My guess is he wants to play football, not just collect checks.

Great point about Coles, B Town. I thought franchising TJ was pricey at the time, but I would never have questioned the Bengals for doing it. You have to wonder how 2009 would have turned out had we done that and Carson had more options to throw to than Chad.

In Penis King's MMQB, he mentions that another NFL medical staff member told him that Bryant has all the signs of Chondral Defect of the knee, which is apparently VERY hard to diagnose unless you're absolutely looking for it and would explain why Bryant has had such a hard time recovering. It also means that the Bengals are making the right choice in releasing him, even though they made the wrong choice in signing him. As I said before, cutting their losses rather than trotting him out there injured until he couldn't play any more is the right course of action.

There is no doubt that the bengals are idiots. They could have built their practice facility on what they wasted on Coles and Bryant instead of waiting for UC to share one. I'm just saying two things: I think that Bryant purposely screwed them and that one of those fried cheese melts looks good right about now.

I wish we would have kept TJ but it's not as easy as just saying we should have paid him what he wants. Trust me if we did we wouldn't have made the playoffs last year. If the Nengaks would have paid TJ what Seattle paid him, Chad would have held out training camp and beyond. Think about it this way imagine you think you are the best person at your job and the guy that got hired with you wasn't as good as you. He leaves and the company hires a younger guy and pays him more than you. You're pissed but keep working because hell you don't know he may he better. However if they give the guy you used to work with more than you and you know your better you are all kinds of pissed.

I truly think they took Chad into consideration during the whole ZtJ thong

1. Rashad Jeanty's agent claims they misdiagnosed his injury, so that's yetanother player who says the Bengals medical staff SUCKS.

2. They couldn't afford an MRI and the best knee experts in the world? Really? When you're about to blow $8 million bucks?

3. With the money they blew on AB, they could have hired a number of safeties a position of just as big a need as WR.

As I said elsewhere Mike Brown doesn't mind gambling and losing because he knows excuse-making. The "loss" of Antonio Bryant is a built in excuse for the next four years.

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