Bengals owner Mike Brown knows the Bengals have gotten a bad rap for being a “villainous” group, and he’s telling fans and media to blame him for that reputation, and he’s making a concerted effort to fix it:
We made a conscious effort to draft and bring in good people. I think with (Andy) Dalton and (A.J.) Green as examples, with (Andrew) Whitworth as an example, this is how we want to be perceived. Over the years we’ve dug ourselves into a hole. I’m probably the one who did it. We brought in guys and worked with them. Sometimes they came around and sometimes they didn’t.
He also knows how using HBO’s Hard Knocks will allow him to show people just how special a group of players he has now:
We want them to see our people. These are good people, people that they should be proud to have represent them, to be the team from their city. That’s what we have and I want the public to know it.