2014

Summary

Head coach Marvin Lewis led the Bengals to a 10-5-1 record and a Wild Card playoff berth, and to new heights in terms of consistent success for the franchise. Lewis had the team in postseason for the fourth straight year, extending the club-record of three set in 2013 — and the team established a new club mark with a third straight season of double-digit wins. The season ended when an injury-depleted team lost 26-10 at Indianapolis in a Wild Card playoff game, but the Bengals stood as one of only four NFL teams to have made the playoffs four straight years. Lewis' club record for head coaching victories was extended to 100 in the season's final win, a Monday night playoff clincher in Week 16 vs. Denver. The Bengals tied a franchise record with four regular-season games in prime time on national TV. WR A.J. Green was voted to a fourth straight Pro Bowl, joining WR Isaac Curtis as the only Bengals selected in each of their first four seasons, and CB Adam Jones became the first Bengal to win an NFL kickoff return title, averaging a franchise-record 31.3 yards. In the year's biggest off-field story, DT Devon Still touched hearts across the nation with his openness regarding his daughter Leah being diagnosed with cancer. The Bengals worked to have sales of Still's No. 75 jersey benefit pediatric cancer research, and nearly 15,000 jerseys were sold to buyers near and far. At the Nov. 6 home game vs. Cleveland, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center was presented with a check for $1.3 million. During training camp, the team signed QB Andy Dalton to a six-year contract extension, running through 2020. On April 17, the club continued its leading role in development of the Cincinnati downtown riverfront, announcing an agreement with Hamilton County that helped pave the way for General Electric to bring a major office facility to the emerging Banks neighborhood between Paul Brown Stadium and the Reds' Great American Ball Park. Fans at home games in 2014 enjoyed the benefits of the first state-of-the-art WiFi system throughout PBS.

AFC Wild Card Playoff

Significantly depleted in their receiving corps, the Bengals were no match for the AFC South champion Colts. Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck passed for 376 yards, re-setting a Bengals opponent playoff record previously held by QB Joe Montana from Super Bowl XXIII (357). The Colts totaled 482 yards to Cincinnati's 254. The Bengals moved the ball well on their first two possessions and were tied 7-7 late in the first quarter, after a 74-yard TD drive. At halftime, Cincinnati trailed by only 13-10, thanks to a 57-yard Mike Nugent FG near the end of the second quarter. The 57-yarder was a Bengals postseason record by 10 yards and topped by two yards the team regular-season record of 55 that Nugent shared with K Chris Bahr. But the Bengals managed only 98 net yards and no points in the second half, while the Colts struck for a Luck 36-yard TD pass and two FGs by K Adam Vinatieri. The Bengals played without their top two leaders in receptions — WR A.J. Green (concussion) and TE Jermaine Gresham (back strain).

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League Rankings

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TOTAL RUSH PASS
OFFENSE 15 (348.0) 6 (134.2) 21 (213.8)
DEFENSE 22 (359.3) 20 (116.3) 20 (243.0)
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Year Totals

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PLAYS FIRST DOWNS NET YDS RUSH NET YDS PASS TOTAL NET YDS PTS
OFFENSE 1018 313 2147 3421 5568 365
DEFENSE 1067 337 1861 3888 5749 344
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Individual Leaders

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PLAYER CATEGORY
Mike Nugent Scoring
Andy Dalton Passing
Jeremy Hill Rushing
A.J. Green Receptions
A.J. Green Receiving Yards
Kevin Huber Punting
Adam Jones Punt Returns
Adam Jones Kickoff Returns
Mike Nugent Field Goals
Reggie Nelson Interceptions
Carlos Dunlap Sacks
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Coaching Staff

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COACH POSITION
Marvin Lewis Head Coach
Paul Alexander Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line
Brian Braswell Offensive Assistant / Quality Control
Matt Burke Linebackers
Mark Carrier Defensive Backs
Kyle Caskey Running Backs
Brayden Coombs Assistant Special Teams / Quality Control
Jeff Friday Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Paul Guenther Defensive Coordinator
Jay Hayes Defensive Line
Jonathan Hayes Tight Ends
Hue Jackson Offensive Coordinator
Vance Joseph Defensive Backs
Marcus Lewis Defensive Assistant / Quality Control
David Lippincott Assistant Linebackers / Quality Control
Chip Morton Strength and Conditioning
Darrin Simmons Special Teams Coordinator
James Urban Wide Receivers
Ken Zampese Quarterbacks
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2014 NFL Draft: May 8 - 10

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ROUND PLAYER POSITION COLLEGE SELECTION NUMBER
1 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State 24
2 Jeremy Hill HB Louisiana State 55
3 Will Clarke DE West Virginia 88
4 Russell Bodine (acquired from Seattle in trade on 5-10-14) C North Carolina 111
4 (sent to Seattle in trade on 5-10-14) 123
5 AJ McCarron QB Alabama 164
6 (sent to Seattle in trade on 5-10-14) 199
6 Marquis Flowers LB Arizona *212
7a James Wright WR Louisiana State 239
7b Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern *252

*NOTE: The Bengals received two compensatory picks (Nos. 212 and 252).

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Pro Bowl

Players selected for the 2014 Pro Bowl: DT Geno Atkins, QB Andy Dalton, WR A.J. Green, P Kevin Huber

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