Cincinnati Bengals History | 2002 -



The Bengals began the season in a new division, the AFC North, as the NFL realigned into eight four-team divisions. The Bengals were successful in efforts to keep longtime rivals Cleveland and Pittsburgh as division foes, and the Baltimore Ravens completed the four-team lineup. The Bengals entered the season after an encouraging 2001 finish. But despite some noteworthy individual performances, the team sunk to the worst record (2-14) in franchise history. The team was hit hard by injuries, losing the league's second-highest number of games by starters. The offense got off to a very slow start with free agent signee Gus Frerotte at QB. The offense perked up noticeably after the 2001 starter, Jon Kitna, returned to the No. 1 QB role. For the first time since 1989, Cincinnati had a 3000-yard passer (Kitna), a 1000-yard rusher (Corey Dillon) and a 1000-yard receiver (Chad Johnson). Johnson had the first of his club-record 31 games of 100 receiving yards on Nov. 10 at Baltimore (seven-for-110). On Oct. 27 vs. Tennessee, Dillon raised his Bengals career rushing total to 6542 yards, passing James Brooks (6447) into the all-time franchise lead that he still holds through 2017 with 8061 yards. The Bengals set a team record for pass completions with 350 (since surpassed). But the team was 0-7 before getting a win at expansion Houston. The defense was inconsistent, and with nine TDs allowed on special teams or by the offense, the Bengals as a team allowed the second-most points (456) in club history. On Dec. 30, it was announced that head coach Dick LeBeau would not be retained for 2003.

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League Rankings

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OFFENSE18 (325.4)21 (108.1)13 (217.3)
DEFENSE17 (329.1)22 (125.2)13 (203.9)
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Year Totals

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Individual Leaders

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Neil RackersScoring
Jon KitnaPassing
Corey DillonRushing
Chad JohnsonReceptions
Chad JohnsonReceiving Yards
Nick HarrisPunting
T.J. HoushmandzadehPunt Returns
Brandon BennettKickoff Returns
Neil RackersField Goals
Artrell Hawkins, Kevin KaesviharnInterceptions
Justin SmithSacks
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Coaching Staff

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Head CoachDick Lebeau
Paul AlexanderOffensive Line
Jim AndersonRunning Backs
Ken AndersonQuarterbacks
Bob BratkowskiOffensive Coordinator
Louie CioffiDefensive Assistant
Kevin CoyleCornerbacks
Mark DuffnerDefensive Coordinator / Linebackers
John GarrettTight Ends
Rodney HolmanStrength and Conditioning Assistant
Tim KrumrieDefensive Line
Steve MooshagianWide Receivers
Darren PerrySafeties
Al RobertsSpecial Teams
Bob SuraceOffensive Assistant
Kim WoodStrength and Conditioning
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2002 NFL Draft: April 20-21

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1Levi JonesOTArizona State10
2Lamont ThompsonFSWashington State41
3Matt Schobel (acquired from Carolina in trade on 4-20-02)TETexas Christian67
4Travis DorschK/PPurdue109
5(sent to Carolina in trade on 4-20-02)145
6Marquand ManuelFSFlorida181
7Joey EvansDENorth Carolina219
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Pro Bowl

Player selected for the 2002 Pro Bowl: FB Lorenzo Neal

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