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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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Funny you reference last year's Chicago game, contrasting it with this week's performance against the Browns to justify calling this week's performance by Palmer a return to form. I'm on the other side of the fence, and I liken Palmer's performance to the talking heads who talked about how devastating New England's running game was last weekend or how Ladanian Tomlinson is "back" after Sunday's performance - both those games were against Buffalo, and will more likely be looked back upon at the end of the season as statistical outliers, just as I feel this game will be for Palmer. Do you not remember the first game against Cleveland in 2007? The 51-45 shootout? If Palmer had a game like that, I'd be more inclined to say that he's had his wake-up call, but 371 yards and 2 tds (with 220 yards and both tds going to one receiver) is hardly the Palmer of old. That tells me he's still suffering from the same problem he's had all year - specificially, targeting TO the vast majority of the time. Unlike the other teams the Bengals have played, the Browns are apparently ill-equipped to cover TO, so Palmer was able to put up gaudy numbers.

Also, don't count on the bad coverage of opposing TEs to get any better - it's been a problem for the duration of Zimmer's career with the Bengals (remember Owen Daniel looking like the best TE in the league against the Bengals last year?) - I thought Adam Jones was signed to improve that, but I haven't seen it yet.

I don't know - I feel like I'm probably being overly negative, but, on the other hand, I just don't see where the on-field product deserves more optimism. This team is not a contender and, at this point, they shouldn't even be looked at as the favorites to repeat in the AFC North.

Slight correction Wyatt: Only one of Palmer's TDs went to Owens. The other was the shovel pass to Leonard. It's okay - I try to forget the shovel passes too.

Brat still sucks. When the bengals were moving the ball, it was from the no-huddle. If we didn't get the penatly from TJ Ward, we would have just ended up with 3 points. We drove down the field in the no-huddle and then huddled up once we got in the red-zone. I believe that was a third down play to shipley???

last week's loss was completely devastating to me. not because we looked miserable. because we didn't and lost anyway. that is absolutely the worst kind of loss and i dont want to get too into it now as i need something left to post about, but this was a low point for me. big time. as i said last week there was and remains nothing to bitch about with carson, because he is playing quarterback for this team for this season as long as he is healthy regardless of all other factors.

my quick hit thoughts on your thoughts:

agree on inability to cover tight end ever. think this has less to do with zimmer (and almost nothing to do with pacman since a corner is generally not the answer against a bigger TE) and more to do with the fact that maualuga cannot cover, dhani is really too old and slow to cover and rivers just can't seem to put it together in coverage than anything else. crocker is going to get beat on seam routes on occasion, that's just part of playing chris crocker, i can't get too worked up over it, seneca made a literally perfect throw on the TD.

disagree that zim's playcalling was good or that he won the chess match. bottom line is the browns have zero receivers that can hurt us with our secondary, there is no excuse to let peyton hillis go for over 100 and/or run out the clock, absurd officiating or otherwise. none. i understand hillis had a good game, get some run blitzes called to stop this thing at the line of scrimmage, get him going sideways before he gets a head of steam for once. bring a corner blitz. anything. further, we forced nothing really turnover wise on a team that had turned it over all over the place the first three games. not good enough. and sorry, for all the love given to zimmer, guess who has allowed the most points in the afc north? the cincinnati bengals. that's who.

kind of agree bratkowski had a nice day. the shovel, even if everyone knew it was coming, worked perfectly so he has to get some credit for that. he can't take blame for long sacks/sack fumbles in playcalling given the situations, he has to take blame for roland which again, is not a playcalling issue. i thought he called a fine game.

to touch on o line though, continue to agree dennis roland (as ive posted previously) simply cannot start at the nfl level. cannot. to be fair, he cannot PLAY as a tackle on the nfl level either, so that is what it is. ditto with livings. i agree with you all i though andre smith didn't have a terrible game in his 24 snaps, but PFF seems to think he had a terrible day in pass protection. i'd frankly challenge their rating on him and would be intrigued to see if it was just getting beat on that one spin move in a big spot or what, but i didnt really see him make a huge mistake whereas i personally watched roland kill us again and he graded out higher in their eyes. makes me question their grading quite a bit, to be honest.

finally, i emphasize what weintraub emphasized over at FO this week. we got absolutely jobbed on multiple calls down the stretch which cost us the game. i firmly believe cleveland is about a .500 club in real terms and i also firmly believe we're a slightly better than that club. well, when you go on the road in that matchup you can't get jobbed by officials, make a few turnovers in bad spots, have a FG blocked and expect to win. that's just it, so we let one slip through our fingers. and it fucking hurts, because we really needed to be 4-1 at the bye. the way it is now, we are facing a not just saying it because its cliche must win against tampa this sunday. again though, i will touch on all of this more tomorrow, and i apologize for the lame nature of this response, as you can see its taken me a day or two to be able to write anything on this team after sunday...

Win against TB on Sunday puts us in a position to have to be better than .500 after the bye against a brutal schedule. That would need to include at least 3 more division wins. 10-6 4-2 in the division is likely the minimum necessary to get a playoff bid. IMO.
Again, my persepctive says the blocked FG and the phantom defensive holding call against Sims on the last CLE drive were the killers.

@ Wyatt: Yes, I think you are being too negative. The point of my post is that I saw a lot of good things in this game. I think the offense is working out its problems and is finally getting it together. This could have been a 35 pt day for the Bengals offense if it weren't for those key mistakes that the Browns took advantage of.

@ bguy: Yes, the play to Shipley was on third down. It's too bad Palmer didn't wait a little longer b/c Gresham was just making his break on his route back to the inside and would have been an easy TD. But we did luck out there with that penalty to give us a TD.

@tide: I don't think you can say the Browns don't have WR's that can hurt us when their #1 went off on us for 140+ yards last year. From my notes that I made while watching the game, I have Zimmer beating the Browns for most of the game except for the Browns first drive of the second half and their last drive to finish the game. We received two key third down penalties during the Brown's drives that put them in FG range. Typically in those situations where they stop them but give the opposing team a fresh set of downs b/c of a stupid penalty, the other team usually pushes deeper down the field and scores since the defense gets flustered. Against the Browns the stayed level headed, and just held them to FG's. You can't ask for much more then that, except for a game changing turnover. In the second half, after he adjusted to the Browns first drive, Zimmer forced the Browns into 3 downs & out three consecutive times.

I agree, Brat has to take the blame for Rowland. I said this a couple of weeks ago that I believe they should throw Smith in the fire and go with it; even if it costs them a game or two while he catches up to the speed. If you watch the TO highlights (http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81b0732a/WK-4-Terrell-Owens-highlights), Smith is in 3 of the 7 plays, and he looks pretty good. Even when he falls for the spin move, he recovers and still stays with his man. I'd like to see him start against Tampa this week. I don't agree with that score either, there is no way he is worse than Rowland.

I also agree of the penalties. In my notes, I have three bad calls on 3rd downs against: 1) Nduke at the end of the first half to give the Browns 3; 2) Jones on the Browns first drive of the second half to help give them 7 points (the Browns then came back to Jones with a pass to the TE on the next play - this was Zimmer's one drive where he got worked); and 3) Simms. Unfortunately, that is just part of the game.

The Browns will be a .500 club or below that this year. However, they have an emerging defense that is a clone of a Rex Ryan defense, which is always tough even though they don't have all of the pieces yet, and they have a solid OL as well. This will allow them to beat some good teams this year at home. They are where the Bengals were back in 2003. So think of the upsets we pulled that year- especially the big one against the undefeated Chiefs in week 11 or at the Steelers the following week.

But most importantly, if our offense can keep the engine running and build upon this game, we could be in for a good stretch run later this season. I don't see this team peaking at the mid-point of the season like we did last year. If this team can stay healthy, and they can continue to get better, this team is good enough to make it to the playoffs and possibly make a push into January and not just be a one & done team.

You can't ask for much more then that, except for a game changing turnover. In the second half, after he adjusted to the Browns first drive, Zimmer forced the Browns into 3 downs & out three consecutive times.

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