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Following a 2009 division championship, the team never jelled despite having veteran talent, including that of high-profile free agent WR Terrell Owens. After a 2-1 start, the Bengals tied a dubious team one-season record by losing 10 in a row. Wins in two of the last three games did little to ease the dissatisfaction. Head coach Marvin Lewis ended the season with an expired contract, but two days after the season finale, it was announced that Lewis had signed to return for a franchise-record ninth season in 2011, a wise move given that the next five Bengals teams would make the playoffs. In '10, Owens and WR Chad Johnson combined for 139 receptions for 1814 yards and 13 TDs, and Cedric Benson rushed for 1111 yards while Carson Palmer passed for 3970. But the team could not deliver in the clutch. Opponents scored eight TDs on returns (INTs, fumbles, kicks), and the Bengals were minus-eight in turnover differential. Injuries played a part, as the Bengals were forced to place 17 players on the Reserve/Injured list, and nine were veteran defensive players who would have started or seen significant action if healthy. The season was the last one in stripes for Chad Johnson, who completed the year with franchise career record records (still standing through 2017) for receptions (751), receiving yards (10,783), receiving TDs (66) and most 100-yard receiving games (31). The club recorded a franchise-record 57th consecutive sellout (regular and postseason) for a Monday night game on Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, but the streak ended when the Nov. 21 Buffalo game failed to sell out. The Bengals played five preseason games, their most since 1988, as the club was selected to open the NFL preseason against Dallas in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 8 at Canton, Ohio. On Aug. 7, former Bengals assistant coach and head coach Dick LeBeau was inducted into the Hall of Fame. LeBeau, who spent 18 years on the Cincinnati coaching staff, also had a stellar playing career as a DB with the Detroit Lions, and after leaving Cincinnati he became a successful defensive coordinator with Pittsburgh.

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League Rankings

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OFFENSE 20 (330.6) 27 (95.1) 13 (235.4)
DEFENSE 15 (332.0) 19 (115.2) 14 (tied) (216.8)
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Year Totals

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OFFENSE 1046 317 1522 3767 5289 322
DEFENSE 957 290 1843 3469 5312 395
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Individual Leaders

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Mike Nugent Scoring
Carson Palmer Passing
Cedric Benson Rushing
Terrell Owens Receptions
Terrell Owens Receiving Yards
Kevin Huber Punting
Quan Cosby Punt Returns
Bernard Scott Kickoff Returns
Mike Nugent Field Goals
Leon Hall Interceptions
Carlos Dunlap Sacks
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Coaching Staff

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Marvin Lewis Head Coach
Paul Alexander Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line
Jim Anderson Running Backs
Bob Bratkowski Offensive Coordinator
Kyle Caskey Offensive Quality Control
Louie Cioffi Assistant Defensive Backs
Kevin Coyle Defensive Backs
Jeff FitzGerald Linebackers
Jeff Friday Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Paul Guenther Assistant Special Teams / Assistant Linebackers
Jay Hayes Defensive Line
Jonathan Hayes Tight Ends
Chip Morton Strength and Conditioning
Mike Sheppard Wide Receivers
Darrin Simmons Special Teams
Ken Zampese Quarterbacks
Mike Zimmer Defensive Coordinator
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2010 NFL Draft: April 22 - 24

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1 Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma 21
2 Carlos Dunlap DE Florida 54
3a Jordan Shipley WR Texas 84
3b Brandon Ghee CB Wake Forest *96
4a Geno Atkins DT Georgia 120
4b Roddrick Muckelroy LB Texas *131
5 Otis Hudson G Eastern Illinois 152
6 Dezmon Briscoe WR Kansas 191
7 Reggie Stephens C Iowa State 228

*NOTE: The Bengals received two compensatory picks (Nos. 96 and 131).

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