Per Lance McAlister's blog, Mike Brown has finally spoken (sort of). While he still has not addressed the media during the regular season in 2010, Mike Brown did respond to a season ticket holder letter dated December 3, 2010:
I cannot give you the response I suspect you would most like to hear. I'm afraid you are stuck with me in my present role, and a general manager brought in from the outside is not in the plans. I accept that your criticism is sincere, and I wish you well personally. We are working as hard as we can to return to and surpass the contending status we had as recently as last season."
With the Bengals now 2-10, owners of the most 9-game losing streaks in the last 20 years (3) and still without a playoff win since Mike Brown took owernship of the team, Mike Brown is still satisfied enough with his performance to stay as GM.
My question is now this: what on Earth would it take for Mike Brown to relinquish the GM position? A complete boycott by the corporate community of luxury suites? 10 straight seasons of 0-16 (soon to be 0-18) records? After the recent waste of dollars on players like Antonio Bryant and Andre Smith, it's clear that sometimes this is less about the money, and more about the control issue for Mike Brown. That's what really horrifies me and I'm sure the rest of WDR Nation.
With words like "stuck with me" and "from the outside", one could infer that Bengals fans are:
1) With Mike Brown until he dies
2) No one will ever be taking over the GM role from outside the family circle
A bitterly cold day in Cincinnati just got a little colder.