Catalog of Mike Brown Excuses

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September 12th, 2015, 4:00 am #51

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
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"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
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"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
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"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
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No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
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"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
Way back in July, Mike Brown addressed Willie Anderson's complaints about the team not honoring its former players. He took responsibility, but something about it didn't feel right. Here's the quote, with my emphasis in bold:

"I understand the players," Brown said at the team's annual media luncheon. "They want to be remembered. I think it is a good thing to do that. We have never traded here on nostalgia. That's probably my fault. Because a little of it is a good thing. Fans like that sort of thing. What I'm saying is I'm stewing on it. I'm aware of the discomfort with our position." ...

"It's me, it's in my bones," he said. "Like everyone, I tend to look backward some, but I'm always focused on what's coming next. We've had decades now of wonderful players here. I can understand why people feel we should have celebrated them more and perpetuated their achievements better than we have. I'm probably at fault." ...

"We have no statues. We have no Hall of Fame. We have no Ring of Honor," he said. "We do have large pictures of the players in the foyer of the west side. But is that enough? Probably not. I confess it isn't. Maybe someone who comes after me can do better with this."


http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/ ... /30789387/
He may be "stewing on it," and it's "probably [his] fault," but nothing's changing while he's still here!
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~ What Mike Brown never quite said, but should have.
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September 12th, 2015, 4:03 am #52

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
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"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
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"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
---------------------------------------------
"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
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No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
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"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
....who are they going to honor....Anthony Munoz....and.....ANTHONY MUNOZ!??!?!?!??!?!?

Just saying. These guys have won more than the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Again....just saying....now my other thought is:

WHO'S FAULT IS THAT!??!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?



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September 12th, 2015, 4:28 am #53

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
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"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
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"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
---------------------------------------------
"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
---------------------------------------------
No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
---------------------------------------------
"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
Do former Bengals other than Munoz make appearances very often?

It happens all the time at Ohio State, even among former players who became HOF'ers in the NFL. They seem to prefer being at Ohio State than anywhere else.

It might be a little contrived for Mike Brown to do something now, but it would be a nice gesture. I assume there's some former players who don't want to be reminded of their losing seasons with the Bengals, maybe.
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September 12th, 2015, 4:32 am #54

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
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"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
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"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
---------------------------------------------
"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
---------------------------------------------
No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
---------------------------------------------
"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
On the other hand, some kind of memorial to former players would cost a little money, so it's probably a no-go.

Mike Brown: Penny wise and pound foolish.
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January 1st, 2017, 6:35 pm #55

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
--------------------------------------------
"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
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"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
---------------------------------------------
"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
---------------------------------------------
No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
---------------------------------------------
"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
Should have added this one back in July. As noted in another thread, this was not the appropriate attitude to project coming off a meltdown playoff loss against Pittsburgh. From Hobson:

Lewis may have been fired from many NFL teams given the messy ending and a 0-7 post-season record. But [Mike] Brown is famous for being the most patient owner in any pro sport. Yet on Tuesday he offered an excellent defense of his guy. A fundamental, pragmatic view of another century.

“If coaches were hired and fired on that account, the NFL would have a turnover rate about three times what is has now,” Brown said. “Yes, we want to win a playoff game, we want to win the Super Bowl. So do a lot of other teams, most of which have not gotten as far as we've gotten.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/M ... 5aff1bb651
Dude, you have the longest playoff win drought in the entire league. That means that every team has gotten closer to the Super Bowl since '91. Every damn one.
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~ What Mike Brown never quite said, but should have.
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January 3rd, 2017, 7:36 am #56

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
--------------------------------------------
"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
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"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
---------------------------------------------
"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
---------------------------------------------
No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
---------------------------------------------
"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
this man has not changed at all in 26 years.
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January 4th, 2017, 12:44 am #57

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
--------------------------------------------
"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
--------------------------------------------
"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
---------------------------------------------
"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
---------------------------------------------
No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
---------------------------------------------
"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
What's more is he IS NOT going to change a thing either till the day he takes the big dirt nap
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January 20th, 2018, 2:33 am #58

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
--------------------------------------------
"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
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"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
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"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
---------------------------------------------
No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
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"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
This quote needs to be saved in this thread. The context: Mike Brown "shocks" the scribes and re-signs Marvin Lewis after his second losing season in a row. The re-signing happened in eraly January. Two weeks later MB is interviewed by the Cincinnati Enquirer:

The Enquirer: There was a real sense that this partnership was over following the three-game losing streak to Pittsburgh, Chicago and culminating in Minnesota with an ESPN report that Marvin Lewis had decided to walk away. Did you feel that way at that time?

Mike Brown: “I chose not to make a decision on what we were going to do going forward until all the evidence had been submitted. And that meant playing through the full season and not making a call prematurely. I would say that while we had serious reverses and they were unsettling, to put it mildly, we bounced back at the end of the year. We beat two teams that were in playoff runs. We beat them in games that were important for them where they gave their best shot and I was impressed how we rebounded. That played into what was in my mind when I had to make a final call.”<i>

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports ... 048725001/
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Those two Dead Cat Bounce (DCB) wins at the end of the season were, per the thread title, a convenient excuse.
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January 21st, 2018, 12:27 am #59

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
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"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
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"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
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"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
---------------------------------------------
No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
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"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
And more...but the burning question I have is why doesn't mikey want it? Is he afraid of the spotlight (he is a bit of a recluse), if he goes deep in the playoffs does he fear the players wanting more money? Is it his personality - he comes across as non-competitive a type B personality type? Would like to get inside his head - maybe he needs to see a sports psychologist.
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January 23rd, 2018, 4:45 am #60

I'll be off on a business trip for the next few days and probably won't be able to post here. I know that doesn't exactly break any of your hearts, but it bums me out. Oh, what will I do without my daily MBS fix?

So please excuse this long post. I thought it would be worthwhile to review the excuses made by Mike Brown over the past 18 years. (And the excuses made on his behalf.) For each little mini-era, there were dominant themes, excuse-wise.


1992-94: Combined record of 11-27 (0.229)
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"We're rebuilding. These things take time."


1995-99: Combined record of 29-51 (0.363)
--------------------------------------------
"We need a new stadium to compete." And heard increasingly toward the end of this span, "We need a bell-cow quarterback if we're ever going to win."


2000-02: Combined record of 12-32 (0.250)
--------------------------------------------
"We haven't enjoyed the increased revenue from the new stadium for very long. Give it a few years." And we still heard, "We need a bell-cow quarterback."


2003-04: Combined record of 16-16 (0.500)
---------------------------------------------
"Marvin Lewis is putting it together, but we'll have to give him a few years."


2005: Record of 11-5 (0.688)
---------------------------------------------
No excuses were necessary. But I recall reading an interview where MB said, "We should be set for years to come." And why not? None of the old excuses applied any longer.


2006-07: Combined record of 15-17 (0.469)
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"Injuries, injuries, injuries." And of course there was, "Mike Brown didn't miss that field goal or make that bad long snap."


2008: Record starts out at 0-6. (0.000)
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Is there anything he could possibly say now? His bell-cow QB is injured because his offensive line is terrible. He has enjoyed the stadium revenue for eight years. This is Marvin Lewis's sixth year, so the coaching staff has had plenty of time. And can a bad string of injuries every year be attributed to purely bad luck?

But I guess there will always be excuses. Like,"it's the players' and coaches' fault." Sure it is. Mike Brown can just do no wrong. Shame on us all for ever doubting the man.
Good for Daugherty snarking at Mike Brown's comments as if he were one of us. This is from his Morning Line blog today. He later reworked it as a formal column, but I like this format better.

Speaking of formatting, this is just like how he had it online. Text in bold and italics are MB's words.
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OUR MAN JIM OWCZARSKI got Cincinnati’s most thankless job Friday, and did a good job with it. That would be a question-and-answer session with Mike Brown.

This is like talking to brick, the difference being brick cracks on occasion.

It’s exasperating as a writer, but at least we get paid to be exasperated. As comprehensive as Jim’s interview was, it could have been done 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 1992, and produced the same answers. Do we need to get better? Yes, we do.

After three decades, this stuff is starting to hurt my brain.

Here are some of Brown’s remarks, in bold italics, and my reactions.

While we had serious reverses and they were unsettling, to put it mildly, we bounced back at the end of the year. December is to the NFL what April and September are to MLB. More than occasionally misleading.

I don’t think we’re far off. I think we can make the changes that we need to make and quickly rebound to the level where we were a couple years ago.” The level where you were? Losing your first game in the playoffs? That level?

We have to do better in certain areas. We’re going to try to. There is no try, Yoda. There is only do.

We were not as far as off as some surmise. A break here or there, a play here or there. Every nonplayoffs team in the league not named Cleveland says that.

You’re supposed to say, it’s good form, we’re going to win the Super Bowl. Well, that’s sort of a silly statement. Everybody wants to win the Super Bowl. Wanting and needing are entirely different. I want to play golf like Jordan Spieth. Moves made and not made here for decades indicate a casual want to win.

A lot of this talk, to me, is sort of a dance. Couldn’t agree more. Thirty years of this same dance.

But it is not anything more than banter, to use some of the formulae that you hear mouthed by different people. Part of our job, I guess, is just to sit back and listen and then go about our business which is one step at a time. Oh, the arrogance.

I have to just do what I think puts our team in the best position to win. Even if it is a short-term issue with our fans. A short-term issue? A short-term issue?!!? Oh, boy.

They’re going to come when we win. No, they’re not. Unless winning somehow is redefined at PBS.

In some ways, ours is a hard market. It is the fact that our people are judgmental about us. They are often easy to condemn when it doesn’t go to their standards. Someone, please hand Mr. Brown a towel in which to weep. Have the taxpayers pay for it.

But we’re coming off a run of playoff years and they began to see that as the bare minimum. Well, maybe for them it is. For most people in this league, it’s a pretty solid achievement.

That last sentence is really all you need to hear. Solid achievement equals no playoff wins in 27 years. Fans should shut up and be happy with that. Be like “most people in the league.’’ After all, Brown kept the team here. Stop griping and start genuflecting.

Man, I need to lie down in a cool place.
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https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports ... 053569001/
"Doc: What Mike Brown doesn't understand, and never will" Paul Daugherty, Cin. Enquirer, The Morning Line, Jan 22, 2018
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" Bell-cow quarterbacks are like queen bees. Only one can take you to the land of milk and honey."
~ What Mike Brown never quite said, but should have.
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