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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;


    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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December 21, 2010


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AlL you have to do is update the cited and quoted record of the team from 2002 to 2010 and these letters havent changed.

Because Mike Brown hasnt changed.

Stadium suite with luxury boxes? Yes

Top notch coaching candidate? Yes

Top notch quarterback prospect? Yes

Fan support to the tune of 57 straight sell outs? Yes

Real change in the front office? No

Real change in results? No

Playoff win? No

Sustained success? No

There has been no change in the bengals chances for success because we still have the same management calling the shots.

And so we tell our stories and give back our things.

Mike Martin said it best: "You probably felt that having the Shula bloodline would be an automatic success. But no matter who you are or who your father is, respect is something that is earned, not given."

If you look back over the past twenty years and remember about every other year MFB commenting that all we need to do is win a game or two and things will be o.k.

Well, all they have done this year is win three games instead of one or two so stuck with him we are.

Countdown to 2011 press conference to announce a mutual decision for a change at head coach. I can't wait for all the speculation of which NFL coaching understudy with past ties to the bengals or steelers will get his first chance to lead a semi pro football team to complacency.

Oh the fucking excitement!!!!!!!

You realize these are from 2002, right? These aren't new. What's to get excited about???

While you have posted a great quote from Wilcots letter I will post one that makes me cringe.

"Four years after he was taken in the third round of the 1998 draft, the Steelers’ Hines Ward has become a 1,000-yard receiver. Under the tutelage of then-wide receivers coach Bob Bratkowski, Ward learned his craft during off-season training workouts and film study"

it seems as mike brown took pieces from each letter (hire marvin, bratkowski wtf,start kitna) except for the common consensus to hire a GM

Sadly, after all of this time, Kitna is putting up better numbers in Garrett's offense than Palmer is in the only "system" he's ever known.

I was thinking the same thing.

Excitement turned to deeper depression when I quickly realized these letters were from 8 years ago. And noticing names from the letters like Marvin Lewis, Bratkowski...I'm in total agreement with Alex. He ignored what everyone suggested (GM, actual scouts) and took bits and pieces from the different letters (except the part about punching someone if they suggested to draft Palmer...)...he ignored the main suggestion, which was building a firm scouting foundation, and decided to see if he could take bits and pieces and make a house of cards out of it. Gotta admit...somehow, the house of cards stood and we made the playoffs 2 of the last 8 years. But like all houses of cards, it didn't last long, and we're looking at a top 5 pick, just like in the pre-Marvin years.

I've seen this nightmare before, and I don't know if I can take seeing it again.

Replace "12 years" with "20 years" and those letters are as true today as they were then.

Same shitty owner, same shitty results. Go figure.

see that wch, even Solomon agrees, Mikey boy is the quote "stubborn ideologies" like we were all saying!

Nice work Solly. Damn that dude is good!
Your most humble and loyal servant,
P.S. I long for the relief death will bring!

While I am surprised that Wilcots would potentially risk his job/income (*ALL* 'talking heads' on the networks ARE approved by the NFL and all it would take is a call from the Bengals' front office to take umbrage at Wilcots' statements and *POOF* he no longer has that job/income), the issue STILL goes back to the fact that MB is running his business -- well, like a business. No one can fault him for doing so. It is HIS team and 'fuck you' if you don't like the way that he is running things. Unfortunately it is PATENTLY clear that aside from a few 'mega-cities' one cannot 'win' or produce a winning team whilst still having a sane financial situation. There are exceptions to this rule but far and few in between. I wish that it weren't that way but it is.

We can all piss and moan about this but the facts are facts and MB doesn't have to change. There are several reasons that he doesn't have to nor will he. I have stated them before: Anti-Trust Laws, common sense etc. As I ALSO said before, there was only one way to be rid of Mike "Montgomery Burns" Brown -- and that went out the window back in the mid-90's. That situation isn't due to come up again until long after MBB will be in the ground. I have also stated as to WHY this happened (cry-babies who voted for the tax -- and interestingly enough, are the same people bitching about what's going on right now). The only thin I can say now is that when this issue (a lease etc.) comes up again, that those who are capable of voting, remember what MBB did back in the mid-90's and this time, not let him or his family off the hook -- IOW, tell MBB to go get fucked!

So, right now, there is no point for any of these people to spout off. We all know what the issue is and we know who the problem is -- that's NOT going to change. Every single person in the country can rip on MBB but that can't force him to get a GM. That can't force him to leave tow. That can't force him to give up the team. That can't force him to make financially UNSOUND choices; and I hate to say it folks, there is nothing out there (short of scandalous photos -- and I don't know if that even would be enough) that could compel MBB to do ANYTHING different than what he is doing now.

So basically, what's left is to wait out the lease and remember what he'd done in the past, suck it up and lose the team and finally be rid of that 'person'. Bitchin' and gripin' is not going to do a Gawd Damned Thing. If you can tell me it will and provide absolute reasons why it will, 'I'm all ears'. Outside of that, you can bitch all you want just because it makes you feel all 'warm and fuzzy' all over -- but still it isn't going to change anything -- it'll be just a waste of time and effort on your part.

Just remember, YOU SHOULD HAVE 'BITCHED' (with your vote) AT THE POLLS. You didn't and now you have to face the consequences. Maybe an indoor practice facility at the real cost of about another $40-80 mil, might've helped? On second thought... ...NAW. Maybe a few chiclets? Probably not.

This fucking guy is a broken record, SHUT UP!!! I swear you are a family member whose job it is to make sure that Mike's opinions are read here. Notice the multiple statements about "sound business practices." Buddy, only a Brwonburn try and pass that cold turd off as hot shit. UNSOUND is continuing to fuck your business's fan base. UNSOUND is continuing to do the same crap that has never worked, and finally UNSOUND is thinking that as an owner, you can't make more money if you field a winner. You think Indy is a huge market? You think Jacksonville is a huge market? You think Tampa is a Huge Market? Jesus you are stupid. And an incessant jack ass who likes to watch themselves type. JUST REMEMBER, you are pushing an argument that has no merit.

Allow me to clarify so I don't feel the need to continue to dialogue with you, since apparently I'm a masochist. I am aware that TB is having trouble bring a fan base back on board fully, the point is that they are doing it by trying to field a winner the right way, same with Jxville. Do better business, expect better outcomes, simple shit. NOW, feel free to copy and paste your bullshit, good day.

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    Bengals Futility - By The Numbers

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      .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

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      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.

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