1999

Summary

For the first year since the idea's original proposal in 1993, plans for the Bengals' new stadium proceeded with only minor issues. The rise of the seating bowl of Paul Brown Stadium was watched by citizens throughout the year. However, past issues — particularly a delay in Hamilton County's acquisition of needed land from the city — put construction on a very tight schedule to meet the goal of an August, 2000, inaugural game. On the field in '99, veteran Jeff Blake and rookie first-round draft choice Akili Smith would end up sharing QB duties during a 4-12 season. Blake was benched after an 0-4 start, and Smith started and won his NFL debut, 18-17 on Oct. 10 at Cleveland. The game marked the renewal of the "Battle of Ohio" series, as the Browns returned to play as an expansion team. Cleveland had spent three years without NFL football after the Browns moved to Baltimore for the 1996 season. The Bengals did not win again until Game 12, however, and Smith suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Game 9 vs. Jacksonville. Blake engineered three straight wins in Games 12-14, but the team lost the final two. HB Corey Dillon rushed for 1200 yards and went to the Pro Bowl along with KOR Tremain Mack, whose 27.1-yard average was the team record until Adam Jones surpassed it in 2014.

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League Rankings

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TOTAL RUSH PASS
OFFENSE 15 (329.8) 6 (Tied) (128.2) 23 (201.6)
DEFENSE 25 (343.6) 16 (106.2) 28 (237.4)

Year Totals

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PLAYS FIRST DOWNS NET YDS RUSH NET YDS PASS TOTAL NET YDS PTS
OFFENSE 1039 293 2051 3226 5277 283
DEFENSE 1011 316 1699 3798 5497 460
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Individual Leaders

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PLAYER CATEGORY
Doug Pelfrey Scoring
Jeff Blake Passing
Corey Dillon Rushing
Darnay Scott Receptions
Darnay Scott Receiving Yards
Will Brice Punting
Damon Griffin Punt Returns
Tremain Mack Kickoff Returns
Doug Pelfrey Field Goals
Rodney Heath Interceptions
Michael Bankston Sacks
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Coaching Staff

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COACH POSITION
Bruce Coslett Head Coach
Paul Alexander Offensive Line
Jim Anderson Running Backs
Ken Anderson Offensive Coordinator
Louie Cioffi Defensive Staff Assistant
Mark Duffner Linebackers
Ray Horton Defensive Backs
Tim Krumrie Defensive Line
Dick LeBeau Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator
Steve Mooshagian Wide Receivers
Al Roberts Special Teams
Frank Verducci Tight Ends
Kim Wood Strength and Conditioning
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1999 NFL Draft: April 17 - 18

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ROUND PLAYER POSITION COLLEGE SELECTION NUMBER
1 Akili Smith QB Oregon 3
2 Charles Fisher CB West Virginia 33
3 Cory Hall S Fresno State 65
4 Craig Yeast WR Kentucky 98
5 Nick Luchey FB Miami (Fla.) 135
6 Kelly Gregg NT Oklahoma 173
7a Tony Coats G Washington 209
7b Scott Covington QB Miami (Fla.) *245
7c Donald Broomfield DE Clemson *249

*NOTE: The Bengals received two compensatory picks (Nos. 245 and 249).

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Pro Bowl

Players selected for the 1999 Pro Bowl: RB Corey Dillon, KR Tremain Mack

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