WASHINGTON - MARCH 10: Mike Brown, owner of the Cincinnati Bengals, arrives, at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a labor dispute during a 7 day extension of talks. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
Last week Aaron wrote about the Mothership's latest Who Dey Perspective, a new feature on Bengals.com in which Bengals public relations director Jack Brennan has the daunting task of making the Bengals look good to their fan base, in which Brennan gave us a history lesson about Paul Brown and how awesome he was.
The end result of that Who Dey Perspective was probably not the result that Brennan was hoping for. Instead of remembering how good the Bengals used to be under founder Paul Brown, it made us confused and possibly a little angry that Brennan isn't addressing the thousands of problems that the current Bengals have under.
Brennan began by reminding us that Paul Brown and the Bengals broke the color barrier in sports a year before Jackie Robinson's debut in Major League Baseball.
Though it went largely unpublicized for many years, Paul Brown stands second to none in breaking the color barrier in modern American pro sports. In 1946, a year before Jackie Robinson’s debut in major league baseball, Brown’s Cleveland team featured Marion Motley and Bill Willis, the first African-Americans to become big league sports stars. They followed Brown into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Motley in 1968 and Willis in 1977.
Brennan went on to discuss PB's role in appointing Pete Rozelle as the league's premier commissioner, his infamous ousting in Cleveland and his "re-birth" in Cincinnati and his key role in the construction of River Front Stadium.
Finally, Brennan ended by discussing Paul Brown's Super Bowl legacy.
Brown wasn’t able to win a Super Bowl with his fledgling Bengals teams, but 11 of the first 25 Super Bowls were won by head coaches who either played or coached under Brown. Chuck Noll won four, Bill Walsh won three, Don Shula won two, and Weeb Ewbank and Don McCafferty each won one.
Once again, the Who Dey Perspective, which was created to help connect the Bengals front office to their fan base, has separated Mike Brown and enraged Bengals fans even more by discussing the past and not the present. All long time Bengals fans know that Paul Brown was awesome, we don't need to be told again and again.
While I appreciate that the only thing that positive to write about right now when it comes to the Bengals is the past, the only thing that the last two installments of the Who Dey Perspective have done is make the Bengals fans angrier that things aren't the way they used to be. Maybe in the future, the Who Dey Perspective will focus on the problems of the present and future instead of things that don't necessarily matter for the current Bengals.