This was originally a comment. I decided to make it a fanpost. This should be amusing....
He rehired Marvin which on the face of it seems not fan friendly, but the fans were only probably 60-40 for firing Marv even after last year. I was one of the fire Marv crowd, and I still am not sold on him totally as a coach but when Marv took over we were reeling from the lost decade and he pulled this team up by it’s bootstraps and taught them NOT TO LOSE, we lost the Bungles moniker because of Marv. Why not give him a fresh, Diva free start? If he manages to get some concessions, toward us not being the butt hole of NFL, even better.
He fired Brat. and on the flipside of that, hired a REAL football name to replace him.
He ditched ocho.
He stubbornly refused to take less than a first round pick for Carson. And why not? He is still viewed by many as potentially elite, and he WAS #1 overall pick, fer cryin’ out loud. We know he’s a headcase, me first diva, but the Raiders didn’t.
He relented on drafting Ryan Mallett and got us AD.
He got an agreement to use UC’s practice bubble for this year and is committed to building one in the future.
He gave a BOGO ticket offer to season ticket holders to help stimulate a sellout and gave away snacks to people in the queue to the tune of North of 250,000
He lowered ticket prices for next year.
He revamped the med staff.
Oh and while cynics may see him as being greedy by buying the rest of the Bengals shares, the reality is he no longer has any shareholders to answer to so if he makes less profit for a couple years someone else doesn't suffer.
It would be nice to be able to hold a retirement ceremony at PBS for Mike brown soon and not have Rabid haters waiting in the wings to boo and hiss. The Brown family is in a large part responsible for the shape of the NFL today, and SOLELY responsible for having the NFL in Ohio.
I can think of 3 things that could help. A real football savvy GM, a real scouting department, and last but not least, a Championship.