This is definitely an improvement from imagining yourself as friends with the man in a different life, or assuming that he might actually part ways with his longtime head coach. Yes, Mike Brown can be a colossal jerk, but note well:The Bengals biggest problems come from the clunky way they handle things, not from the actual outcomes. Mike Brown enjoys being contrary, from re-re-hiring Marvin Lewis to essentially telling fans they don’t know what they’re talking about. I wonder if he’d have fired Lewis if the general consensus had been, Let’s Keep Marvin.
Brown doesn’t run from legal fights he thinks he can win, but that hasn’t always precluded the team from being town-friendly. The team did chip in for stadium upgrades when it wasn’t lease-bound to do so, for example. And one thing I’ve never understood: Why shouldn’t HamCo and its taxpayers want to spend to maintain a half-billion-dollar facility they own?
Isn’t that in our best interests? Does anyone recall what a dump Riverfront Stadium was, after just 30 years? Do we want that to happen again?
And do we really want the team to bolt in ’26, leaving us with a huge, skyline-dominating building and no tenant?
The Bengals have earned their scorn, for sure. And until now, they haven’t suffered much financial consequence. That’s going to change. They sold out zero games last year. They kept an unpopular head coach. Brown’s postseason interview with the paper’s Jim Owczarski reinforced an off-putting arrogance the team has not earned. This isn’t Foxboro.
The Morning Line - Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer, June 12, 2018
supreme stubbornness + a little self confidence = off-putting arrogance.
Arrogance is also a sign of Pride, and Pride borne of stubbornness is not quite the same as Pride borne of narcissism, but it still qualifies as an exemplar of the worst among the Seven Deadly Sins.
So Doc, as you continue your self-reeducation plan, please keep something else in mind. It's not just the clunky way Mike Brown handles things. His results often suck, too.