Cincinnati Bengals History | 2017 -



On Feb. 4, the Bengals hired L.A. Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor as the Cincinnati's 10th head coach. His first season was marked by injuries to key players and early-season team struggles which led to a franchise-worst 0-11 start. The Bengals finished the year at 2-14, which (through 2019) matched the worst record in team history (the 2002 club also finished 2-14). Cincinnati's hopes for success took three significant hits before the end of the first preseason game. Rookie OT Jonah Williams, the Bengals' first-round pick who had been slated to start at LOT, was lost for the season in June OTAs due to a shoulder injury (he returned to practice late in the year, but did not see game action). Then on July 27, in the team's first training camp practice, which was held at Welcome Stadium in Dayton as part of the NFL's 100th season celebration, perennial All-Pro WR A.J. Green went down with an ankle injury that ended up costing him the entire season. Making matters worse, OT Cordy Glenn, who was to replace Williams at LOT, suffered a concussion in the preseason opener at Kansas City and did not return to game action until late November. After the team had progressed to an 0-8 start, Taylor announced during the team's bye week that he would be benching longtime starting QB Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley. The experiment turned out to be short-lived, as Cincinnati's offense managed just 33 points over the next three games (all losses). Dalton returned to the starting role on Dec. 1 vs. the N.Y. Jets and led the Bengals to their first win of the season. During that game, Dalton passed Ken Anderson for most career completions and TD passes in team history (Anderson had 2654 completions and 197 TD passes). Cincinnati secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft with a Dec. 22 loss at Miami, but the game will perhaps be remembered most for the Bengals' dramatic 23-point fourth-quarter comeback that featured 16 points in the final 29 seconds to force OT. The game also included a 57-yard FG from K Randy Bullock, the longest in team history. Cincinnati wrapped up its season with a convincing 33-23 win over Cleveland at Paul Brown Stadium. After that contest, fans lined the stands surrounding the Bengals' tunnel and chanted Dalton's name as he exited the field from what was believed to be his final game with the team.


League Rankings

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OFFENSE26 (323.1)25 (94.8)19 (228.3)
DEFENSE29 (393.7)32 (148.9)21 (244.8)
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Year Totals

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Individual Leaders

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Randy BullockScoring
Andy DaltonPassing
Joe MixonRushing
Tyler BoydReceptions
Tyler BoydReceiving Yards
Kevin HuberPunting
Alex EricksonPunt Returns
Brandon WilsonKickoff Returns
Randy BullockField Goals
Darius PhillipsInterceptions
Carlos DunlapSacks
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Coaching Staff

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Zac TaylorHead Coach
Lou AnarumoDefensive Coordinator
Bob BicknellWide Receivers
Joey BoeseStrength and Conditioning
Brian CallahanOffensive Coordinator
James CaseyTight Ends
Gerald ChatmanDefensive Assistant
Brayden CoombsAssistant Special Teams
Mark DuffnerSenior Defensive Assistant
Nick EasonDefensive Line
Todd HuntStrength and Conditioning
Daronte JonesSecondary / Cornerbacks
David LippincottAssistant Linebackers / Quality Control
Jordan KovacsDefensive Quality Control
Chip MortonStrength and Conditioning
Brad KragthorpeOffensive Assistant
Robert LivingstonSecondary / Safeties
Tem LukabuLinebackers
Ben MartinAssistant Offensive Line
Dan PitcherAssistant Quarterbacks
Darrin SimmonsSpecial Teams Coordinator
Jemal SingletonRunning Backs
Garrett SwansonAssistant Strength and Conditioning
Jim TurnerOffensive Line
Alex Van PeltQuarterbacks
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2019 NFL Draft: April 25-27

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1Jonah WilliamsOLAlabama11
2Drew SampleTEWashington52
3Germaine PrattLBNorth Carolina State72
4aRyan FinleyQBNorth Carolina State104
4bRenell WrenRBArizona State125
4cMichael JordanOLOhio State136
6aTrayveon WilliamsRBTexas A&M182
6bDeshaun DavisLBAuburn210
6cRodney AndersonRBOklahoma211
7Jordan BrownCBSouth Dakota State223
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Pro Bowl

Players selected for the 2019 Pro Bowl: DT Geno Atkins

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