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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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September 13, 2011


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Your kidding right? That defense showed up the entire game. The Browns had 3 plays of note in the entire game. 2 on busted coverages and one run for 16 yards by Hardesty. Eliminate those 3 plays and the Browns barely moved the ball. Cribbs got them the only field position they enjoyed the entire game.

Stop with the J Joe crap already, he left because HE wanted to leave. Mike Brown attempted to resign him last season but he didn't want to do it then. You whine about Mike Brown but the real truth is had he signed J Joe he would have had to over pay him. Smart owners don't over pay for a player who has managed to be injured on 52% of all the plays he was eligible to play.

This is why I don't make a habit of reading this site, because you don't use facts when you post stupid stories.

Hahahaha, smart owners?

You're kidding, right? The contraction of "you are" is "you're," by the way. I'm trying to help you as much as I can. "Smart owners" don't become the fastest owner to 200 loses, and the slowest owner to 100 wins. How's that for a fact?

Not to mention, that the Bengals DID offer Joseph a very similar offer, JJoe chose the Texans because they are actually moving in the right direction. It wasn't that the Texans' stupid owner was going to pay him more, it was that he would actually have a chance to win in Houston. And, are you seriously trying to say you have a better handle on this situation than Zimmer, who was pissed and had an outlash at the front office?

Please, don't make it a habit of reading this site and posting your "facts."


Wow, that is harsh. Harsh but laugh-out-loud funny.


If you're going to use "You shall not pass", at least photoshop Zim's head onto Gandalf's body.

Otherwise, I agree completely. Of course, hipster linebacker Von Miller could be the one to throw a monkey wrench in our upset hopes. (Man I love KSK.)

@Rick, I updated the post to clarify my position on Joseph so you understand it is not just randomly spewing crap towards MFB. This was a serious screw up, but is the norm for how this organization operates.

yes Von Miller is a bad ass, and was in the backfield often on Monday night.

Don't get too orgasmic now. You guys made that mistake getting on the 'bandwagon' a couple of years back and completely 'undid' what you worked for prior to that time (so much so that an entire lot of you ended up sounding like hypocrites when you started praising Coach Lewis one day -- then cursing him the next).

Come back and talk about this in another month when the Bengals are likely to have a losing record and ranking in the mid to bottom end of all things statistical(and don't even minimize or forget that the capabilities of those teams over the next four game are -- well, less than stupendous -- so that means that the finishing at best -- mid-pack in a run of games playing against LOOOOOSSSSSEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Well that isn't exactly quite something that one should hag there hat on).

For the record, next four games:
1)Denver -- rarely do the Bengals win in Denver and rarely to they even play up to 50% of the hype (Though how much hype after one game -- just look at the lead post here to understand it and know that it indeed DOES happen). It wouldn't be too much of a stretch if they got beat by Denver. (note: Cleveland was 'over-hyped' -- people made them out to be the 'second-coming' when, in reality they were nothing but a 'straw-pony'.)
2)San Francisco -- Alex Smith? If anyone could make Smith out to be a 'Pro-Bowl' caliber player, it would be the Bengals. Need I say more?
3)'Buffaler' Bills -- Our 'old buddy' Fitzpatrick. A 'homecoming' of sorts? They *might* win this game -- but remember folks, the only way you are going to see any TV from this 'Titanic Struggle' is when you watch it on ESPN and see the highlights. It is a home stain -- err home-game.
4)Jacksonville "JAG-wirezs" (Fuck you Olberman and Patrick!). This is at best a 'toss-up' but we have to see how JJ progresses in the interim.
All in all, it ain't gunna look pretty folks!

We should get a good idea of how well conditioned this team is in the fourth quarter playing at high elevation. I know it was a short camp, but Marvin, for all his in-game faults, does typically do a great job with conditioning and preparation. Since we're short on talent, that (conditioning/fitness) and execution will be to two areas where we'll have to make up ground on most teams.

Love how WCH wastes his energy and time bitching at us... You are complaining to the wrong people... Go stand outside PBS and run your mouth of diarreah to the fans that actually attend games. Most vistors of this site, dont support the team financially nor do we drink the kool-aid. We tend to look at a few positives and you bombard us with non-sense... You wasted another minute of my life I will never get back. Thank you and go F Yourself.

Did anybody else read wch's post with Chris Farley's "air quotations guy" voice in their head?

You forgot to mention that Champ Bailey is also still questionable to play, leaving little seniority in the secondary. Von Miller is a concern, but if the linebackers are forced to drop back more often than not, he may be more easy to negate. However, I agree - he's the most dangerous aspect of the Broncos right now.

I'm looking for AJ and Shipley to short-long the Bronco's secondary once Benson sucks them in with some agressive running. Defensively, I'm going to be real interested to see how much our front four get after Orton. I think if they can set the tempo defensively quick, then the white-water of Denver's quarterback clubhouse will take care of the rest.

Lastly, I'm glad blesterov mentioned the lack of penalties and turnovers. I was thinking the same thing - that I can't remember the last time we played that precise. If its a fluke, I'll just enjoy it for the week... but its hard to forget that this is a team with less than five players over the age of 30, led by a rookie QB, a rookie WR, and a new Offensive Coordinator... and its week 1.

@ wch - You crack me up. I don't think anyone is getting orgasmic except for you anxiously looking at the schedule down the road. Going 2-0 has zero bearing on whether the Bengals end up 6-10 or 2-14. The 0-16 reference was just a dig directed at certain individuals who lost their shit after the first preseason game, and thought this was the worse team ever.

I said it then, and I'll say it again; this team is better than most people give it credit. They are just young, but you can tell they buy into Marvin's philosophy 100%. Does this main they win the division, not a chance in hell. But they will surprise some teams if they are able to play Marvin ball. The Browns are not a bad club either so people shouldn't write them off so easily now just b/c they lost to the Bengals. People failed to realize this was a classic trap game for them: start of the season, the lowly Bengals coming into town, a team with three rookies starting on offense, and led by a rookie off coord. Everyone wrote it off as an automatic win for the Browns. From reading their sluggish energy level at the start of the game, it looked as if the Browns believed their own hype and assumed it would be an easy victory as well. That is why I put money on the game at the last minute, and walked away with a nice return.

@ Gutter - Good to have you back man. I hope you made it home in one piece.

I don't think the lack of penalties were a fluke. They executed very consistently in the preseason as well, and they improved as they got deeper into the preseason. A lot of this is a result of Gruden's scheme. Brat's offense was very complex, requiring the players to think a lot more than they probably should have. When you have players thinking rather than just focusing on their assignment (and on top of this you have inferior players), you will see a lot of stupid penalties like we experienced over Brat's tenure. Gruden's scheme on the other hand is supposedly more streamlined and instinctive. It allows them to focus more on assignments and execute as a unit. To me, they looked more machine-like with the goal of slowly beating their opponent down.

In the piece, I was looking more at the front seven match ups on both sides of the ball since this is the foundation of Gruden's and Zimmer's schemes. You are right the passing game has some excellent match ups as well. If Bailey is out this should help them be able to spread the field with Green and Simpson, and look for Gruden to try to throw more uppercuts by taking some shots downfield.

There are two ways this weekends game goes:
1) Marvin and co. build on last weeks game, correct the mistakes they made and continue that strategy in Denver, and then physically beat them down. They have the personnel, the match ups, and the ability to pull this off. They just have to play an aggressive mistake free game to pull the upset two weeks in a row.

2) Marvin and co. get big heads, lose focus, and Denver becomes a trap game for them. Denver was physically beaten down at home on Monday night, and they won't fold easily. Expect them to come in with a chip on their shoulder.

Regardless, I expect a physical game since both teams have a lot to prove, and it should be fun to watch.

I thought the "You Shall Not Pass" was a Monty Python reference, but that was "NONE SHALL PASS" right? Monty Python was better. wch, Your father was a hampster, and your mother smelled of elderberries! I fart in your general direction! Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

Yeah, as I said, "You shall not pass" is from the Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Rings, and is uttered by Gandalf the Grey. I mostly remember Jimmy saying it in the LOTR-themed episode of South Park.

I was actually shocked when I read that they only committed 3 turnovers. I won't watch but I would assume Dennis Roland was not on the field at all then?

If Zimmer can keep the score low then Gruden can remain vanilla on offense and limit the rookie mistake opportunities. I think the Bengals will be in trouble against teams that can score points because they would have to open up the offense too much.

It's a shit sandwich. You want the defense to do well but you know if it does it increases the likelihood that Zimmer will get bigger or simply better opportunities.

If it wasn't for Marvin's one year in Washington I would readily accept that Baltimore's record setting defense was all due to talent. They have fielded strong defenses with 3 other coordinators since Marv left. Our D was crap until Zimmer showed up.

God bless Mike Zimmer.

Penalties not turnovers.

Good morning, Flann. I spent most of the day watching 9/11 TV coverage. As I said earlier, most of the weekend I had the same physical reactions as I did the day it happened. Same tight chest, same knot in the pit of my stomach. So much so that by the afternoon, I got out a bucket, some soap and bleach, and scrubbed my porch, including the ceiling of the porch, while I kept an eye on the football games. It's amazing how cleaning helps. I don't know that 9/11 will ever be a typical day for us, much as December 7th was never the same for those who endured Pearl Harbor.

The mime Bill Bowers wrote and performs in this comedy, which explores sound and silence in the confines of a small town. Scott Illingworth directs, for Urban Stages.

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