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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;

    Introduction

    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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April 26, 2008

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What kind of trade value do you think Levi would garner? What would you speculate both Ocho Sucko and Levi packaged together could get the Bengals in a trade?

Now that's some good timing for PFT to go down.

Darren McFadden may father 20-25 children in the next 3 years. He will push Shawn Kemp for the modern sports record.

What a freakin burden. McFadden is the 10th of 12 children in his family, and it sounds like he will be supporting them all.

I wonder if the Bengals scouted anyone other than Sedrick Ellis?

Any thoughts on a group of local successful businesspersons who could buy the Bengals from Mike Brown? I know they are out there...

Let's face it. Until this team is sold to a person(s) interested in WINNING a Super Bowl, the Bengals will be at best, a trendy playoff contender. This year, we stood by silently while New Orleans traded up to draft a player (Sedrick Ellis) we needed terribly , although NO's draft intentions were widely anticipated and the Bengals had additional draft choices (3rd, 4th rounds) to execute a well-advised move to take a player who would fortify a position we clearly need help at (remember that our front office botched a trade for Shaun Rogers earlier this year, highlighting the lack of expertise in our front office).

In the second round, we took an OBVIOUS flyer on a (more or less) D-II WR that at best will turn out to be a solid player in the NFL (don't get me wrong, the highlight films look great, but if I played against guys from schools no one has ever heard of (like Coastal Carolina) every week, I would make awesome, athletic catches too). There were good, irrefutable defensive linemen available to cancel out our OK Rivers LB pick in the 1st round, yet we took a guy (Jerome Simpson), who would have been- almost definitely - still on the board when we picked in the 3rd round- with our 2nd round, 46th overall pick; ignoring solid, maybe not great but reliable and proven against NFL-comparable competition at the college level, low-risk WRs like Limas Sweed and Early Doucet, both of whom were expected to be taken in the first or early second rounds. Sure enough, they WERE taken soon after we took a major risk on a marginal player who DOESN'T EVEN OFFER SPECIAL TEAMS RETURN ABILITIES (DeSean Jackson, as short as he may be, at least brings this to the table - an asset the Bengals explicitly stated as a need prior to the draft).

Mr. Brown,

While I respect the contributions you and your family have made to the NFL and the Cincinnati Bengals, the time has come for you to admirably pass the team on to someone willing to make the moves necessary to win a Super Bowl. If you wish, I am sure there could be an arrangement made to keep you on as a minority owner; you could remain involved in the franchise your family has fostered while simultaneously allowing it to thrive in the NFL. The lack of aggression and discretion the Bengals displayed during the first day of the 2008 NFL Draft clearly show the NEED for a more success-motivated person(s) to control the team.

Respectfully,

A Bengals Fan

No updates today? What did you guys think about day 2?

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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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