This is a question that needs to be discussed. Does Mike Brown want to win a Super Bowl or is he content to make as much money as possible? I truly believe he does not. Brown is a great business man but has no idea what it takes to win at a elite level in the NFL. He might have the best stadium deal in the NFL and if we can sprinkle in a few home playoff games every now then he is very happy. This team will never win a title with him running this franchise. The numbers don't lie and he has NEVER won a playoff game since he has taken over running the day the day operations of this football team. If Brown was truly wanting to win a championship, last year was the absolute perfect opportunity for him to strike with so many young stars still on their rookie deals and a boatload of capspace. Instead the team chose to bring in players like James Harrison who are clearly on the downside of their career. This roster has holes and losing Collins creates another hole that has to be addressed in the draft. Sure Whit can play LT and is a above average OT but he can be a all pro OG. Hue wants to play smashmouth football and having Whit at guard makes the most sense in my opinion. Paying Collins 6 mill a year is pennies on the dollar compared with what starting LT make. Losing MJ and Hawkins don't really matter but Collins leaving pretty much forces the Bengals to look at adding a OL early in the draft. Whit being kicked inside is is going to happer sooner or later considering his knees and you had a in house option that has proved that he can play OT a close to elite level. You don't let young talent walk.
I love Marvin Lewis and most on here know I have always defended him but 31/32 teams would have fired Lewis by now with his record. Even though Dalton has been the majority of the reason why this team has failed to win in the playoffs, Lewis must share the majority of the blame as well. Zimmer should have been hired instead of letting him get snatched up by the Vikings. Our lost and their gain. I think Lewis has been here so long that the team might be tuning him out. Its tough as a player to listen to the same thing season in and season out. Losing in the first round three years in a row not counting the first round exits when Palmer was our starting quarterback would get even the best coaches fired. With Lewis in the last year of his contract could make matters even worst. Why would players listen to a guy who might not be there coach next season. Having a lame duck head coach is a disaster waiting to happen in todays NFL.
I am so sick of hearing "we keep our own". It should say we keep our own if it doesn't cost to much. Sure the team stepped up and paid Dunlap and Atkins and tried to keep Collins and Michael Johnson but sometime you must bring in that outside free agent to plug into your system if you want to win. Adding more rookies too one of the younger rosters in the league is clearly not getting the job done in the playoffs. How many times does it take for you to see that your way of doing things is not working. Change every now and then actually can have a positive outcome sometimes.
Considering the amount of money we fans put into Browns pockets every single season including pre season, jersey sales, selling out the stadium every Sunday we deserve more from a owner who clearly could care less if this team gets to a Super Bowl. It cost money to win. I don't want to see this team go nuts like some other teams do because that is just foolish but if you look at what Seattle did last year how come this Bengal team can't do the same. Our rosters are very similar from top to bottom. Their owner seized the moment very similar to what the Broncos did in the past 48 hours and their franchised reaped the rewards of a great season winning the Super Bowl.