Bengals Owner Says He Is Taking A Back Seat In Day-To-Day Running Of The Franchise
Bengals Owner Mike Brown said the day-to-day responsibilities of running the team “has essentially been handed off” to Exec VP Katie Blackburn, his daughter, and coach Marvin Lewis, according to Joe Danneman of Cincinnati-based WXIX-Fox. Brown said, "Back when we were losing, I was doing a lot. But now that we've been winning lately, less and less.” Danneman reported Brown is present at the Bengals’ facilities and he watches what goes on, but his “presence is now bigger than his actual present role." Brown indicated that he will “never tire of football and might not ever retire." Brown: "I would rather do this than anything else I can think of." He added that he “deserves” the criticism he has taken for the team’s performance over the years. However, Danneman noted with the Bengals “now winning more (and) the franchise recently bending more to help the city,” Brown “hears the critics less." Brown: "Do I take credit for that? I wasn't out there taking credit when it wasn't going so well, so maybe I ought to shut up and not take credit when it's going a little better. But I'm happier when people don't want to bite on me" (WXIX-Fox, 7/22).