Cincinnati Bengals • “The Bengals” was the name of a professional football team in Cincinnati from 1937-1941 • The team hopped around leagues as some folded or changed names – Most time was spent in one of the AFLs • Team had moderate success on the field and at the gate Paul Brown • Started coaching career at Massillon Washington High School in Massillon, OH – Had a record of 80-8-2 in 9 seasons at Washington – Won the Ohio Football championship from 1935-1940 • Outscored opponents 2393-168 in 6 years • Outscored opponents 477-6 in 1940 • Helped build a 20,000 seat stadium and was more successful then all Ohio football programs beside Ohio State • Brown was hired by Ohio State in 1941 – He had a record of 18-8-1 in his 3 seasons – Won the National Championship in 1942 • Brown was stationed as a lieutenant in the Navy in 1944-45 – Coached a service team to a 15-5-2 record in 2 years as coach • Brown left for Cleveland to become co- owner, coach, and general manager of their new pro team – A newspaper poll chose “Browns” as the teams name – Won all four league titles in the AAFCs existence • Once in the NFL Brown won 6 straight championships • Brown’s innovations to the game are – Intelligence tests for players – Study of game film – Use radio to transmit info to players – Put facemasks on helmets • In 1963 Brown was fired as coach of the Browns – Art Modell bought the team in 1961 and he and Brown were at odds – Brown still owned 6% of the team • In 1966 Brown sold his share of the team and went to Cincinnati to propose a new team for the American Football League • Paul Brown still had bad feelings toward the Browns when he designed the Bengals uniforms – Uniforms looked very similar with a few differences • In 1968 the Cincinnati Bengals became an expansion franchise in the American Football League – Paul Brown took name to pay respect to earlier Cincinnati pro football teams – Joined the AFL after being guaranteed a merger with the NFL – The team played their home games at Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati • The team finished 3-10 in their first season • Running back Paul Robinson won the AFL Rookie of the Year award • The Bengals had a 4-9-1 record in 1969 – Defeated playoff teams in Kansas City, Oakland, and Houston – QB Greg Cook won the Rookie of the Year Award • The NFL and AFL merged in 1970 placing Cincinnati in the AFC Central – Set up in-state rivalry with Cleveland Browns • The Bengals moved into Riverfront Stadium in 1970 • The team won their conference with an 8-6 record – Lost to the Baltimore Colts in their first playoff game Riverfront Stadium • http://www.nikibone.c om/stadium/stadium.h tml • The Bengals would make the playoffs in 1973 and 1975 behind the strong play of QB Ken Anderson – The team was unable to win a playoff game either year losing to Miami and Oakland • Following the 1975 season Paul Brown retired as head coach to concentrate on owner and GM duties • Bill Johnson replaced Brown and led the team to a 10-4 record but not the playoffs • Archie Griffin also made his debut in 1976 after winning two Heisman Trophies • The team would not make the playoffs in 1977 or 1978 – Going 8-6 and 4-12 in those seasons – Archie Griffin turned out to be a bust – Bill John was fired after the embarrassing 1978 season • Homer Rice took over as head coach in 1979 and again had a 4-12 record costing him his job • Forrest Gregg took over as head coach in 1980 • The Bengals drafted Anthony Munoz in that years draft • The team finished an improved 6-10 • The Bengals showed off new uniforms during the 1981 season – The helmets had tiger stripes going across – Stripes were also featured on the jerseys and pants • The team started the season winning 10 of the first 13 games • The Bengals finished with a 12-4 record – Best in the AFC and winning the AFC Central • Ken Anderson won the NFL MVP award throwing for 3,754 yards and 29 TDs • Rookie Cris Collinsworth caught 8 TDs and had 1,009 receiving yards • The Bengals played the Buffalo Bills in the first ever playoff game in Riverfront Stadium – The Bengals won 28-21 • The Bengals then hosted the San Diego Chargers in the AFC title game – Temperatures were at 59 degrees below 0 at game time, dubbed the “Freezer Bowl” – The Bengals won 27-7 and advanced to the Super Bowl -59 ° F • The Bengals faced the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XVI – Played in Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit, MI – Both teams finished in last place the year before • The Bengals lost 26-21 – Gave up 3 turnovers in the redzone – Were stopped after having first and goal on the 1 yard line Super Bowl Memories • http://www.bengals.com/media- lounge/videos/Super-Bowl-Memories- Super-Bowl-XVI-12809/3CD50A28-18DB- 4223-81C1-D11348FD1936 • The Bengals posted a 7-2 record in 1982 – Season was shortened by a two month strike – Had a 4-0 record at home – Hosted a home playoff game • The New York Jets came in and defeated the Bengals 44-17 • The team ended 1983 with a 7-9 record – Forrest Gregg was fired following the season • Sam Wyche took over as head coach in 1984 – Boomer Easison was drafted in the first round to take over the QB duties for Ken Anderson – Finished 8-8 with Boomer leading the team to the final 4 victories • Easison led the way in 1985 and 1986 throwing for over 3,000 yards each season – The Bengals failed to make the playoffs both seasons • In 1987, the Bengals had a 3-1 record before a strike took place – Replacement players were brought in and went 1-2 • The regulars came back and struggled finishing the season 4-1 • Wyche was told he would have to make the playoffs in 1988 in order to keep his job • In 1988, the Bengals won their first 6 games on their way to a 12-4 record – They won the AFC Central and earned home field advantage through the playoffs • Boomer Easison won the NFL MVP award throwing for 3,572 yards • Rookie Elbert “Ickey” Woods won the AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year Award rushing for 1,066 yards and 15 TDs – Created the “Ickey Shuffle” as his celebration after every touchdown – Icky Shuffle Video • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f-m-Fmd1lY • Fans dubbed Riverfront Stadium “The Jungle” during the season • The chant “Who Dey” also became popular during this season – “Who dey think gonna’ beat ‘dem Bengals?” – Who Day Rap Video • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Eh5c8fE_kI&fe ature=related • The Bengals defeated the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills to advance to their second Super Bowl • Super Bowl XXIII was a rematch of Super Bowl XVI with the Bengals playing the San Francisco 49ers in Miami, FL • The Bengals lost DT Tim Krumrie to a broken leg in the first quarter • The game was tied at halftime 3-3 – First Super Bowl to be tied at the half • Stanford Jennings gave the Bengals the lead with a kickoff return for a TD • Jim Breech broke a 13-13 tie with a field goal with 3:20 left in the game • Joe Montana led a 90 yard TD drive to give the 49ers the lead with 34 seconds left • The Bengals lost 20-16 Super Bowl Memories • http://www.bengals.com/media- lounge/videos/Super-Bowl-Memories- Super-Bowl-XXIII-12809/16624D13-4BC0- 4D62-88C3-B009F02FD904 • The team failed to make the playoffs in 1989 but returned in 1990 with a 9-7 record. – Defeated the Houston Oilers in the 1st round but fell to the Oakland Raiders in the 2nd round • This would be the last football game Bo Jackson would play after injuring his hip • Paul Brown passed away before the start of the 1991 season – His son Mike took over the team • The team finished the 1991 season with a 3-13 record – Sam Wyche was fired as head coach • Dave Shula was hired as head coach and led to Bengals to one of the worst decades in professional sports history Bengals Records in the 1990s 1992. 5-11 1993. 3-13 1994. 3-13 1995. 7-9 1996. 8-8 1997. 3-13 1998. 7-9 1999. 4-12 • The team drafted some forgettable players in the 1990s – David Klingler – John Copeland – Dan Wilkinson – Ki-Jana Carter – Reinard Wilson – Akili Smith • The team also had some well known players in the 1990s – Jeff Blake – Carl Pickens – Darnay Scott – Willie Anderson – Takeo Spikes – Corey Dillon – Brian Simmons • After the 2002 season Marvin Lewis was hired as head coach – Carson Palmer was drafted with the 1st overall pick • 2003 saw the Bengals become playoff contenders and finishing the season 8-8 – The team also finished 8-8 in 2004 PAUL BROWN STADIUM - 2004 • 2005 saw the Bengals explode offensively and start 9-3 – Solidified the first winning season in 15 years • The team won the AFC North with a record of 11-5 – Would host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Wild Card Playoff game • Palmer was injured on the second offensive play keeping him out of the rest of the game – Pittsburgh went on to win 31-17 • 2006 saw the Bengals become a joke in the NFL once again – 9 different players were arrested or suspended for off-field incidents • The team missed the playoffs finishing 8-8 – Lost last 3 games, only needing 1 win to make it to the playoffs • 2007 saw the team finish 7-9 and again miss the playoffs – Season was marked with close wins and loses • 2008 saw the team finish 4-11-1 – Palmer only played 4 games and the team would struggle offensively • 2009 Season – Finished 10-6 after going 6-0 in the AFC Central. – Won the AFC Central after being picked to finish 3rd – Finished 7th in Offense and 9th in Defense in the AFC – Lost in the AFC Wildcard game 24-14 to the New York Jets. – Cedric Benson had 6 100 yard rushing games.
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