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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;

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    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:

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    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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March 23, 2012

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/falls out of chair

I thought they had already hired a replacement for Lippincott, but it looks like I'm mistaken. Still, 2 scout hires in the same year is...[speechless]. Are they both full time?

Wow, just... wow... I have to say that despite a slow start in FA, I am cautiously liking what I'm seeing out of PBS so far this offseason, obviously including this small sign of.... Winds of change? Sure hope so. I also hope, speaking of, that the Bengals grab Isiah Pead int he 3rd and run with a 3-4 headed monster all year w/ BJGE getting slightly more than B Scott and Peerman/Pead handling 3rd back up. NEED G and S in the draft still, and a CB looking to next year and beyond, but with Allen and Jones int he mix w/ CLements Hall (assuming he's something clsoe to his former self) and Ghee, I feel pretty good about CB depth as it stands for the upcoming year.

let's not be as easily manipulated as the koolaide kids over at bengals.com...

@bungalfamily - no, you were not mistaken. this ucla guy IS the guy they announced a few months ago as the replacement (whether in title or not) for lippencott.

so in reality, much like @SWB correctly points out for us all when dealing with suspiciously bright roster moves (Coles/Bryant/TO FA's just replacing Housh), this story is hobspin at its finest:

the timing of it and structure of the release is meant to corrupt you into believing that the bengals are capping off a sleeper of a FA period by upgrading and retaining starters, solidifying depth, and low and behold, BLOWING THE ROOF OFF our front office potential with 2 MORE SCOUTS! it's worded to make you go, "WTF?! - holy shit the Bengals just added two more scouts to go with the guy they got to replace the guy who wears a human-rubber-ducky-ring, wakes scrubs up at 4am to demand their play book and then orders them to see janet about a bus ticket, and after a decade(s)+ is going back to the high school we "lured" him away from to begin with!???"

But alas, it's all papa bear spin zone. Lippencott is actually staying on till AFTER this year's draft...one last pie to get his fingers in literally and full-figuratively. Add as calorific as he is, we are still losing his rapidly depleting diabetic set of eyes. So we're not bolstering our scouting department with MORE eyes...we're simply REPLACING what we've lost (to Moeller) with a dude who's playing prowess comes from Cal-Davis and whose professional experience includes building UCLA into something slightly more national respected in football as Cal-Davis.

And, no Mike Brown, you don't get to count his corneas twice, just because you released this gorilla math, addition-after-subtraction, a couple of times spaced out over a couple of disappointing months. In the end, your manipulative misery wants us to believe you've added 6 eyes to your scouting department. You have not. You've replaced two outgoing with two (twice-touted) coming in...an overall jaundice-colored wash.

I will give you credit, MB, for adding two more though...after Moeller HS, and the lower-half of the University of California Athletic System, the next logical place to bargain shop for talent is Vandy. a +2 (eyes, not humans) to you SIR and your stable of scouting soothsayers!...

These are the two men that it took to fill Lippincott's spot.

Seriously it took two men, that was one fat bastard.

Now they just need two teach one of them to jump out of the shadows like a sweaty nervous ninja and demand someones play book.

To be fair this offseason doesn't -- on the face of it -- look to be such a disaster as last year did. Of course that's not an easy bar to get over, given that they lost an all-pro cornerback and convinced the franchise QB to quit.

They retained everybody of possible value except for Lawson and (stretch) Jennings. The guys they lost so far -- Rucker, Fanene, Livings, etc -- these guys were role-players at best and way below average starters at worst (Livings). Rucker in particular was something of a draft bust. On a team that does not build with free agency, you have to get quality starters out of your third round picks.

Now the new players are a somewhat untypical offseason haul, but not necessarily in a good way:

Travelle Wharton - mediocre starter, in the category of slightly better than Livings, but that's not a high bar
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - a middle-of-the-pack running back whose best asset so far is not fumbling, which makes him better than Benson
Jason Allen - former 1st round draft pick regarded as a bust
Derrick Harvey - former 1st round draft pick regarded as a bust
Jamaal Anderson - former 1st round draft pick regarded as a bust

From the above list it looks like the Bengals intend to go from being the team that collects the most guys who get arrested into a team that collects the most guys who were 1st round draft picks and are regarded as busts by the team that drafted them. Prior entrants in this category include Taylor Mays, Pacman Jones, Kelly Jennings, Cedric Benson, Manny Lawson [essentially]... you could almost throw Thomas Howard in there but he was a 2nd rounder. The Bengals are fast becoming THE go-to team for guys who didn't live up to their draft day hype!

But as offseasons go it could have been worse if they had lost (for example) Nelson, Jones, Collins, and Sims then more draft picks would be needed just to replace those guys and keep treading water... and treading water is Mike Brown's middle name!

After free agency, assuming no more action, the Bengals still have too many needs to fill in this draft:

OG/C - the Bengals interior line still is quite below par (even including Cook... I've never understood why fans aren't on his case more given that he's not too good a pass blocker)

CB - None of those former 1st round picks is able to avoid getting toasted by the top tier of receivers

LB - as usual with this team for over 30 years, they haven't got a linebacker who scares anyone

WR - Double covering AJ Green will be the theme of 2012, even if they did manage to find someone else. But if they don't find someone else, then Triple covering AJ Green will be the theme of 2012.

SS - For the umpteenth year in a row, the Bengals will still not be able to cover or tackle the opposing tight end, with subpar Crocker presumably retaining the role [or pray for a miracle Taylor Mays revival which I doubt but obviously others don't]

RB - a luxury at this point but one they may be tempted to fill on draft day

Going into free agency the best shots at filling needs were probably OG/C, and CB. But they didn't even talk to the top guys. Not that that should surprise anyone.

Just some harmless self promotion. Don't mind the madding page breaks, not my idea... -

http://stripehype.com/2012/04/01/first-or-bust/

Goombye Chris Crocker! Maybe Mikey Boy read my post. Heh.

Tengo que decir que a pesar de un comienzo lento en la FA, soy cautelosamente gustando lo que estoy viendo a través de PBS en lo que va de temporada baja, obviamente, la inclusión de este pequeño signo de .... Vientos de cambio? Claro que espero que sí. También espero que, al hablar de que los Bengals tomar Isiah int Pead que tercero y correr con un monstruo con cabeza durante todo el año 3.4 w / BJGE conseguir un poco más de B Scott y Peerman / Pead el manejo de tercera copia de seguridad. NECESITA G y S en el proyecto todavía, y un CB buscando para el próximo año y más allá,

Me encanta leer tu blog y esperamos que todos tus mensajes! Sigan con el excelente trabajo!

Draft bust Keith Rivers dumped for a fifth round pick.

Here's who's left from Mediocre Marvin's drafts:
2003 - nobody
2004 - Robert Geathers (he's probably gone after next year)
2005 - nobody
2006 - Andrew Whitworth, Domata Peko
2007 - Leon Hall
[if you're counting at home, that's a whopping four players with more than 4 years tenure from all the drafts!]
2008 - Pat Sims, Anthony Collins (neither a starter)

The reason the Bengals were so young is their drafts pretty much stunk the first six years of "In Marvin we trust"...

Oye, me di cuenta de tu blog, me gustó algunos de los mensajes es más, creo que la gente muy gustaría tu blog y me gusta leer el blog de blog.Your muy bueno!

I found this stick:

The Bengals announced they hired two full-time scouts, Robert Livingston and Steven Radicevic, which is a positive step for a team that has a reputation for being short-staffed. Cincinnati had five scouts on its staff last season, and one is planning to retire.

Ein sehr schöner Artikel, der in diesem Blog geschrieben wurde, und all die Gedanken, die in diesem Artikel zum Ausdruck gebracht. In diesem Papier, das FA? Ist es, auf die Gedanken sind sehr nett und es ist kurz und süß für mich PLA t über hier...

Terrence Newman. Just what we need. lol.

You can tell the demise of any blog by its ratio of spammers to actual comments. It's been fun, WDR.

Yes, sad indeed. Though, depending on how you quantify the posts of wch, the ratio may still be better than many past years (even during the NFL season).


There's not really a 'hot-stove league' for the Bengals I guess...
i.e. not one I'd want to follow. It appears we have been invaded by both the Wehrmacht and Montezuma's Revenge.

There's a hot stove for the bengals, because our fans keep getting burned when we touch it after thinking the team might have finally put something respectable together.

The question is whether a blog is more interesting with random Spanish language comments or endless mock drafts by 10,000 beer guzzling fans whose knowledge of football makes Mike Brown look like Vince Lombardi.

Wow, he does look like Vince Lombardi!
You know what they say: if "if"s and "but"s were candy and nuts,
we'd all drink the water anyway, and then go salsa dancing.

This blog appears to be dead.

There's either nothing to report, or something more insideous is happening to the WDR?

Sehr gute Arbeit. Ich stolperte über einen Blog und wollte sagen, dass ich wirklich genossen Mitglieder in Ihrem Blog.

J'aime votre article. Il peut m'aider à beaucoup d'informations utiles. Nous sommes impatients de voir davantage de mots en elle. Je pense que vous aimeriez voir.

that is nice and its so awesome from some one can get helpfull from it.

I am not a believer of 2012 being the end of times. But it generates a lot of hype especially with those controversial burger joints that advertise their plump meals.

Nice to be here and see your post!

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