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Bob Bratkowski
Offensive Coordinator
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Bob Bratkowski is in his 10th year as Bengals offensive coordinator, coming off a 2009 season during which the club met a goal of reestablishing a strong running game and rode it to an AFC North Division championship.

Though the offensive line was rated a question mark entering the season, due to position switches and lack of experience, the unit came together quickly and helped the offense set a franchise record of eight 100-yard rushing games by individual backs. The previous mark had been six.
Bob Bratkowski is in his 10th year as Bengals offensive coordinator, coming off a 2009 season during which the club met a goal of reestablishing a strong running game and rode it to an AFC North Division championship.

Though the offensive line was rated a question mark entering the season, due to position switches and lack of experience, the unit came together quickly and helped the offense set a franchise record of eight 100-yard rushing games by individual backs. The previous mark had been six.

Three different rushers combined for those eight 100-yarders, only the second time in club history that three rushers had a 100-yard game in the same season. The leader of the pack was RB Cedric Benson, whose six 100-yarders broke the club record for one individual. But when Benson missed Games 10 and 11 with a hip injury, the Bengals still did not lack for 100-yard performances, as rookie Bernard Scott rushed for 119 on Nov. 22 at Oakland and veteran Larry Johnson gained 107 on Nov. 29 vs. Cleveland.

Benson, despite playing only 12 full games and part of another, finished with 1251 rushing yards, seventh-best in club history. His role as a workhorse back helped the offense average nearly four minutes more possession time than its opponents for the season (31:59 to 28:01).

The Bengals 2009 pass protection ranked ninth in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (29). And twice since 2005, the Bengals have set new franchise records for fewest sacks allowed, led by a record 17 in 2007.

Though Cincinnati’s overall passing numbers were not flashy in 2009, WR Chad Ochocinco led the team with 72 receptions for 1047 yards and was selected for the Pro Bowl. And Bratkowski has plenty of expertise to draw upon as the team looks for a more balanced attack in 2010. In three of the past five seasons, the Bengals have been in the NFL’s top seven in passing offense and in the top 10 in total offense.

Besides Ochocinco, six other Bengals offensive players have been selected for the Pro Bowl during Bratkowski’s term as coordinator. The list includes T Willie Anderson, RB Corey Dillon, WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, RB Rudi Johnson, FB Lorenzo Neal and QB Carson Palmer.

In 2007, Palmer became the fifth-fastest player (59 games) in NFL history to reach the 100 mark in TD passes. Palmer knocked Brett Favre and Daunte Culpepper out of the top five in the category, and joined a group that also includes two Hall of Famers (Dan Marino and Johnny Unitas), a surefire future Hall of Famer (Peyton Manning) and a Super Bowl winner with Hall of Fame potential (Kurt Warner).

Over 2004-06, Rudi Johnson’s 4221 rushing yards were the most by any Bengal in a three-season span. Earlier under Bratkowski’s watch, Dillon posted a pair of 1300-yard seasons, and QB Jon Kitna saw his stock as an NFL starter revived.

Bratkowski (pronounced “brat-COW-skee”) has been an NFL coach since 1992, and he was coordinator of the University of Miami’s NCAA champion offenses in ’89 and ’91. He entered the NFL ranks in 1992 at Seattle, and was with the Seahawks through ’98. He spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as wide receivers coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the Bengals in ’01.

At Seattle in 1997, he was coordinator for the NFL’s top passing offense (247.4 yards per game). The team ranked third in the NFL in total offense. Seattle also established club season records in ’97 for most yards passing (4187) and completions (359). The Seahawks were second in the NFL in first downs (331).

Prior to his 1992 hiring by Seattle, Bratkowski spent 14 years as a college coach, including offensive coordinator assignments at Weber State, Wyoming and Washington State, in addition to Miami.

As a college player, Bratkowski was a three-year letterman as a wide receiver at Washington State. His father, Zeke, played quarterback for 14 seasons in the NFL, seeing action for the Bears, Rams and Packers.

Bratkowski was born Dec. 2, 1955, in San Angelo, Texas. Bob and his wife, Rebecca, have two children — son Shane and daughter Courtney.

PLAYING AND COACHING HISTORY - 1975-77: Played wide receiver at Washington State. 1978-80: Assistant coach (AC), Missouri. 1981-85: Offensive coordinator, Weber State. 1986: Offensive coordinator, Wyoming. 1987-88: Offensive coordinator, Washington State. 1989-91: Offensive coordinator, Miami (Fla.). 1992-94: AC, Seattle Seahawks. 1995-98: Offensive coordinator, Seattle Seahawks. 1999-2000: AC, Pittsburgh Steelers. 2001-present: Offensive coordinator, Bengals.

 

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