COB Posted October 21, 2008 Report Share Posted October 21, 2008 I see Mike Brown maybe, maybe hiring a GM after this season. But it won't matter. Because the guy will be GM in name only. Mike and Pumpkin will still run everything, the GM will just be a rubber stamp to deflect criticism. Paul Alexander comes to mind. It is truly horrible to contemplate.Thus, I am now convinced that hiring a GM will do nothing for this organization. The only thing that will change the Bengals is a complete overhaul of the personnel department. By that I mean hire a personnel guru, then hire about 12 scouts.Mike Brown came out of hiding mid-season last year to calm the waters. One of the specific things he addressed was his scouting department. He said it was working, and that it didn't need changed.In one respect, he's right. There is such a huge quantity of information out there on draft-eligible college players, that Mike's scheme to be a bottom-feeder and sponge off the work of other organizations is basically workable. But what he is ignoring is the monumental contribution that your scouts and personnel guys make regarding your own players. For example, if we had the quality and quantity of personnel some other teams have, they could have looked at Levi and Guycheck before the 07 season. Watched them in drills, watched them in practice. And those personnel people would have come to the conclusion that both players needed to be replaced. Instead the Bengals just wait until the player fails in place before making a change. Imagine that kind of scrutiny being applied across the board to our roster. Real football people evaluating who stays and who goes. Instead what we have now is Pumpkin and Mike, both shark lawyers who manage our roster from a legal/contract standpoint. The emphasis on our last draft was to deal with the eventual departure of TJ and Chad. It should have been on an obviously depleted D-line (credit to them, they addressed it) and an offensive line that was in crisis. But you have to know it is in crisis first. Which means you have to scout and evaluate your own team. Which we can't do because we don't have enough of the right kinds of eyes watching our players. Mike didn't treat the Lumina this way. He didn't just drive it until something broke and left him stranded on the highway. He undoubtedly had a mechanic do preventive maintenance. That mechanic also hooked the Lumina up to diagnostic machines that evaluated the performance of various components and signaled when it was time to replace a wearing part. Mike, you need to buy one of those diagnostic machines. And hook your football team up to it. Because right now I'm stranded on the side of the NFL superhighway watching other teams fly by. Holy s**t, the Raiders just went by. The Raiders! I get stuck here just about every year, and it's getting old. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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