A while back I wrote an article here about how bad things were in Cincinnati with Mike Brown running the Bengals. That was in 2005. They made it to the playoffs since then, which is an improvement. However, at 2-10 one could argue things have gotten suddenly worse. Sort of terminal. Last weekend, to seal their double-digit losses for the year, they managed to jump offsides on a play the whole planet knew would never be run. It would have been suicidal to run it since all New Orleans had to do was kick a short field goal on fourth down. Bengals jump offsides, New Orleans promptly scores a very short go-ahead touchdown to win the game. 2-10. Different week, different bonehead play.
That leaves Mike Brown in uncharted territory as far as the NFL is concerned:
Look at that real close. 35% winning over twenty years. Seriously, look at that.
They are assured of having their 18th losing season out of 20. They now have lost more than 10 games 11 times in those 20. They will have finished dead last in about half of those seasons so far as well. That means more than half of the time, they’re out of contention within the first month of play. Do you know how boring that makes a season for a Bengals fan? Now sure, a lot of people could simply root for teams that win. But, that means traveling a lot farther. That doesn’t really interest me much. So, I just move on to college basketball and forget about the NFL for the most part.
Clue here NFL, that’s lost revenues. Lots of it. The entire state of Ohio for the most part can write off most seasons now due to the ineptitude of their franchisees. The owners of the Bengals care clueless obviously. They don’t spend any money on scouts, they could care less about discipline unless they complain about playing for the worst team in football, and they stick with a game plan that obviously is not working for years. That leaves the obvious conclusion. Mike Brown must go. Immediately. Sure, he can own the team if he wants, that’s fine and dandy. But, the man who complained that Riverfront was not big enough only to get home games blacked out locally because they can’t fill the new stadium obviously is not capable of managing a football team. I haven’t even been able to watch them lose for two weeks.
Bottom line, Cincinnati needs to protect its investment. People aren’t going to the games because people in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky don’t like football. They aren’t going because the Bengals suck almost every year. Cincinnati needs to sue the NFL to get the Browns out of there and get someone in who knows what they are doing.