The Bengals got off to a 4-3 start in Dick LeBeau's first full season as head coach, but they did not win again until the final two games, finishing 6-10. The defense finished No. 9 in the NFL, but the offense ranked 23rd. The early season was played amidst the tragedy of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. All of the NFL's Week 2 games, scheduled for Sept. 16-17, were postponed until the first weekend in January, the weekend after the regular season had been scheduled to end. The Bengals resumed play on Sept. 23, moving to 2-0 with a win over Baltimore at Paul Brown Stadium, and by that time stadium security procedures had been strengthened, including a ban on "coolers, backpacks and oversize purses." Also, the Federal Aviation Administration moved to ban aircraft from operating within three miles of outdoor venues with events in progress. Free agent signee Jon Kitna took over as the starting QB, winning a training camp battle with Scott Mitchell and Akili Smith. The '01 season featured the Bengals' first visit to Pittsburgh's new Heinz Field, on Oct. 7. On Oct. 28 at Detroit, a 31-27 Bengals win featured a 96-yard TD run by HB Corey Dillon, which stands through 2017 as the longest scrimmage play in Bengals history. The '01 season was the first for flamboyant WR Chad Johnson, who through 2017 is Cincinnati's all-time leader in receptions (751) and receiving yards (10,783). Johnson, a second-round draft pick from Oregon State, put up only modest rookie numbers, missing four games with a collarbone fracture, but he publicly pleaded with coaches and medical staff to let him come back sooner from the injury, and he promised, "I'm going to make a lot of noise here early." On Oct. 14, the Bengals re-set their own record for the largest crowd ever at a Cincinnati sports event, as 64,217 fans watched a 24-14 win over Cleveland.

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League Rankings

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OFFENSE 23 (300.0) 18 (Tied) (107.0) 23 (193.0)
DEFENSE 9 (302.0) 11 (104.7) 12 (197.3)
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Year Totals

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OFFENSE 1071 294 1712 3088 4800 226
DEFENSE 1013 281 1675 3157 4832 309
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Individual Leaders

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Corey Dillon Scoring
Jon Kitna Passing
Corey Dillon Rushing
Peter Warrick Receptions
Darnay Scott Receiving Yards
Nick Harris Punting
T.J. Houshmandzadeh Punt Returns
Curtis Keaton Kickoff Returns
Neil Rackers Field Goals
Kevin Kaesviharn, Artrell Hawkins Interceptions
Reinard Wilson Sacks
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Coaching Staff

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Dick Lebeau Head Coach
Paul Alexander Offensive Line
Jim Anderson Running Backs
Ken Anderson Quarterbacks
Bob Bratkowski Offensive Coordinator
Louie Cioffi Defensive Assistant
Kevin Coyle Cornerbacks
Mark Duffner Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
John Garrett Offensive Assistant
Rodney Holman Strength and Conditioning Assistant
Ray Horton Safeties
Tim Krumrie Defensive Line
Steve Mooshagian Wide Receivers
Al Roberts Special Teams
Frank Verducci Tight Ends
Kim Wood Strength and Conditioning
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2001 NFL Draft: April 21 - 22

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1 Levi Jones OT Arizona State 10
2 Lamont Thompson FS Washington State 41
3 Matt Schobel (acquired from Carolina in trade on 4-20-02) TE Texas Christian 67
3 (sent to Carolina in trade on 4-20-02) 73
4 Travis Dorsch K/P Purdue 109
5 (sent to Carolina in trade on 4-20-02) 145
6 Marquand Manuel FS Florida 181
7 Joey Evans DE North Carolina 219
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Pro Bowl

Players selected for the 2001 Pro Bowl: RB Corey Dillon