fazs2000 Posted December 3, 2007 Report Share Posted December 3, 2007 Now we can blame 2006 and 2007 on many obvious factors we see on TV, when in reality, it's all linked to one person: Mike Brown. There are so many problems in every seam of this organization that it doesn't seem like the Bengals can ever become elite unless Brown is gone. You can blame the players, the coaches, blah blah blah, but how has Brown given our Bengals the best chance to win? Let's see here. Well for one, the Bengals have three talent scouts. Three. The Steelers have 18. The Patriots have 24. We have three. This leads directly into the second problem, which is a lack of big, effective free agent signings. Yes, that's due to a lack of a GM. Brown wants to handle all that himself. Three, Brown holds Marvin back. Lewis wants more power, he wants more control, he wants to make this team his own. He did, for a few years. What happened? We made the playoffs. What happened the last two years? Brown decides he wants Marvin to be his puppet, and this team regresses. All the big football decisions (ie. who gets to call the defense) must go through the boss, and he seems content with the coordinators and assistant coaches that we have. This is what Marvin has to work with. This became more and more apparent towards the end of 2006. To get the obvious out of the way, this team has just been subjective to some bad luck, mainly injuries and/or unexplained suspensions to key draft picks and players. Pollack, Thurman, Brooks are just a few of many. Another obvious but huge problem is the lack of maturity of this team. It's hard to believe how much this team pouts, taunts, talks, and childishly celebrates when they're losing. And I also find it hard to believe that this team can be behaving that way under Marvin Lewis, who has always had a reputation as a guy who keeps his players in line (evidenced by how disciplined the Ravens' defense was when Marvin was there). But he's not allowed to discipline the Bengals too severely. Mike Brown won't allow that. The players have nothing to be afraid of, so they do whatever they want, on or off the field. It's almost as if Brown enjoys notoriety. So when you look at this team, and look back on the last decade and a half, there is really only one common factor and problem: the organization, mainly Mike Brown. I'm a Bengals' fan through and through but until he's gone, I have serious doubt that this team can be a dynasty like the Patriots, even though we have the players and talent (and head coach) to be one. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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