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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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August 18, 2011


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A very nice perspective, but I do disagree with then endgame. There is no way Mike ever recognizes the mess he runs... even after all the profit. We are stuck with him till he steps down, dies, or the Bengals leave.

@Danno - I think that's what the author of the post intended. The "former" references scenario number 1 listed above. Basically, Mike Brown continues to hold by his misguided and conflicting principles and we have shitty teams until he passes on.

Always nice to see others in the league, not just in Cincinnati, recognize what we're working with. I think the Leitch article on Vick, wherein he intimates that the NFL/Goodell basically told Vick he couldn't sign with Cincinnati - is another example of a vote of no confidence.

Even Reedy subtly acknowledges that: "Off field, this team would not have been equipped for the scrutiny and to provide the tools for Vick to have an successful transition and comeback." He says that's because we already had T.Ocho, Pacman, Matt Jones, etc. here, but who's the dumpster-diver responsible for that? Ultimately though, the real reason he couldn't sign with us is that the league understood the P.R. ramifications and what was at stake, which meant they couldn't let him sign with an unprofessionally run organization they couldn't trust to handle Vick with competence.

It is my honor and privileged to found and read your post. It made me learn a lot of different ideas. Keep up the good work.

@Sleeping Ah, F, you are right. Misread. My bad. Been dissecting technical docs all day and had a slip. lol. Either way, thought, still good to see that others outside the team see this franchise is a calamity. The stuff with Goodell today shows me that even he recognizes how terrible this place is, but is unwilling to do anything about it.


I think Mike Brown is easy to comprehend once you realize he is similar to a conservative fundamentalist. It doesn't matter what religion they are part of, fundamentalists are pretty similar in their behavior patterns and belief models. For instance, the muslim world was much more advanced than Europe during a time in history. They were innovative in mathematics, science, and medicine. Now that portions of their culture have become entrenched with fundamentalists, their society is known archaic beliefs.

Christian fundamentalist in this country are no different. For instance, there was a recent article that scientific study of human DNA has now proven that it was impossible for Adam and Eve to ever exist. Even though there is solid logic sitting in front of them with enough evidence for them to understand their belief model is flawed, fundamentalists (christian, muslim, and jewish) will refute this new model and stand by their "principles". It is as if one generation promotes innovation, and the future generation clings to those laurels and becomes fundamentalists to honor the prior generation's efforts.

I see Mike Brown as being no different to these fundamentalists. His father pushed innovation in the sport, and was one of the top minds in the game. Mike solely received his status from his father's efforts. I believe, you could pitch Mike Brown the latest and most advanced model for providing a high quality scouting department, provide evidence that it would improve the team's record, and show a solid return on his investment; he would still turn it down every time since it was not the way the prior generation conducted business. "Good teams are built in the draft" was once the mantra in the NFL, and that is now the fundamentalist belief, excluding the possibilities of all other options.

And, for the most part, good teams ARE still built in the draft (see: 2010 Green Bay Packers), but, as blesterov said, in order to draft successfully and build a good team, it requires a competent scouting department that is part of a player personnel department that actually has a clue as to how they want to build their team. Had Mike Brown hired a competent, non-puppet GM when he hired Marvin, I think you'd see a much different Bengals team in 2011, because that GM would've overruled Marvin's desires to go run-first when the Bengals had one of the top three quarterbacks in the league and two Pro Bowl wide receivers. That GM would've invested picks and free agent money on the offensive line to make sure that quarterback didn't get hurt (likely irreparably), and, most of all, that GM would've gotten a legitimate medical staff no later than spring 2006 (assuming that catastrophic injury to Carson couldn't have been avoided, which is a logical assumption since the Bengals actually had a good line back then), which would've precluded a lot of the issues we've seen since (Antonio Bryant, anyone?).

I'm watching the eagles-steelers.

I believe that Pittsburgh has 3 quarterbacks better than any current Bengals QB. I also think that there fourth quarter, pre season, o-line is better than our starting group.

How the fuck does that happen?

This can ALL be summed up by saying, 'You keep coming back!' He can't be that bad of a businessman because you keep coming back. Now as to a capable football mind? That's another story.

However, it does crack me up when people start raggin' on him being a bad owner etc. bad businessman etc. He took over a franchise worth about $70 mil and now its estimated worth is closer to $1bil than it is to $500 mil. Still a profit that he turns (and makes for himself etc.) Thus, he can't be too bad.

This article by Freeman at CBS is pretty good, though it makes me feel sorry for Lewis.

@WCH - No one on here really cares any more what you think. Stop wasting your time trying to defend Mike Brown... Yes, the man is a terrible NFL OWNER!!!! Mikey Boy Brown is not the CEO of JP MORGAN or GE, hes the owner of an NFL Team and turning a profit is NOT the ultimate goal or objective of running an NFL Franchise.

Go find another blog to criticize; we are sick of your non-sense. Go one yourself!

I noticed the other day that the lease on the stadium expires in Jun of 2026 - a mere 15 years away. Chances are that MB will either be retired or dead. That'll be an opportunity. But until then I wonder if the city would be willing to divorce the bengals. I doubt it. But this just isn't right.

Maybe this time all the whodey morons will figure out it's more fun not spending Sunday watching the Bengals get pummeled. That's what I hope for in 2011, eight blackouts

It's going to be interesting to see how Gruden manages the 3-4 blitzes that the jets will most likely be running all night. I watched the Jets-Texans Monday night and there was aggressive blitzing by the Jets. It seemed like the only way the Texans were slowing it down was screen passes.

I'm thinking Dalton is going to be spending a bit of time on his ass. Hopefully he doesn't unleash a bunch of wild passes near Revis or Cromartie.

This will give us an idea of how well Gruden play calls against, and how well this O-line can pick up complicated defenses. I'm thinking they'll do poorly at both. If they show poorly for the entire preseason the stink of it will lead to an awful attendance in game one. MGB is doing it to himself.

What makes anyone think Gruden is any good?

He's David Shula part deux. I know let's hire the family member of someone who is a proven talent, because hey that's worked so well for us in the past.

@Blesterov -- You have hit the culture of Mike Brown and his decision tree with a bulls-eye. There is a family hero worship for how "daddy dun it."

One thing that is commonly overlooked by many -- even MB haters -- is that Paul Brown wasn't overly successful in Cincinnati as a football person. Sure, they made two Super Bowls in the 80's. But PB had an overall losing record as a coach never winning a playoff game before he retired. And he failed to retain Bill Walsh, who -- after PB tried and failed to blackball him from coaching jobs elsewhere -- went to SF where he became one of the great NFL coaches and GMs of all time.

Like Shula, Landry, Halas and the other NFL coaching greats, Paul Brown and his methods became obsolete toward the end of his run. Unlike the Dolphins, Cowboys & Bears franchises, the Bengals have retained worshipers of the ancient culture (i.e., the fundamentalists) and now are living in an NFL version of the stone age.

@West TX Bengal Fan: Yes!

Even Paul Brown was well past his prime. People forget the draft busts of the pre-Mike Brown era, the absolutely terrible choices of coaches (heck even Sam Wyche had done nothing to really deserve the job, he was 3-8 at Indiana U the previous year -- is that really the qualifications for NFL head coach? Homer Rice was 4-18 at Rice University!)

Also people forget that the problem with players being "criminal element" even pre-dates Mike Brown, there was at least one terrible gang rape scandal.

Am I the only one who can envision a scenario where Pryor is drafted by MFB, and Tressel is hired to take the reigns? It is about the only thing that could happen to put asses in seats.

I'm not a big ten fan. I am not a Buckeye fan. However, that scenario doesn't bother me.

@JM: how could it be any worse than the record breaking ass-whoopin' this team is set up to take this year? Of course if fans are fooled by an Ohio State related publicity stunt, then we have no hope.

Tressel's biggest advantage is negated in the pros, because all the players get paid.

@JM & others, I hope that MFB does not pull the trigger with Pryor - a big waste of a time and effort. Again this is will show us who is in charge in the front office - Marvin or MFB.

The Tressel story line does make way too much sense for it to not to become a possibility. MFB has proven time and again that he loves the fallen hero story line (as if he believes it is an allegory of himself), and Tressel is a classic case. It would be intriguing. However I don't know if Tressel would make a good NFL coach since, like Spurrier, his skill set is more geared for the college game. He would also have to give up play calling duties on offense - something I don't know if he would be willing to give up.

I have always liked Tressel and found him to be a great speaker when I was involved in coaching clinics that he attended. He is a hell of a lot better than John Copper, who was a drunken fool. It is too bad he crossed the line from coach to preacher, which in the end made him look like a hypocrite and led to his demise. Regardless I think you are right in that it would generate one hell of a smoke screen to build false excitement and bring fans back into the stands after this season of fail.

Now I totally could be wrong and havent really paid to much attention to the Bungles 'football ops dept' (if you can even call it that) in years But as of the summer of 2006 when I worked as an equipment intern John Cooper was still an acting scout within the Bungles organization and it certainly would not surprise me in the slightest bit to see Tressel hired on by the redeemer, MB.

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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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