List of Cincinnati Bengals head coaches

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The Bengals have played in Paul Brown Stadium since 2000.

This is a complete list of Cincinnati Bengals head coaches. There have been nine head coaches for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). A professional American football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Bengals are a member of the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). The Bengals franchise was founded in 1968 as a member of the Western Division of the American Football League (AFL),[1] before merging with the NFL in 1970.[1]

The current head coach is Zac Taylor, who was hired after the 2018 season. Taylor replaced Marvin Lewis, who remains the Bengals all-time leader in seasons coached, games coached, wins, and playoff games coached. Two coaches have won a conference championship with the team: Forrest Gregg in 1981, and Sam Wyche in 1988.[2] Gregg leads all coaches in winning percentage with .561.[3] Dick LeBeau had the lowest winning percentage, with .267.[4] Of the nine Bengals head coaches, three have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Paul Brown, Forrest Gregg, and Dick LeBeau (although only Brown was inducted as a coach, the other two were inducted as players).[5] Two former players have been head coach for the Bengals, including Sam Wyche and Bruce Coslet.

Key[edit]

Marvin Lewis was the head coach of the Bengals from 2003 to 2018
# Number of coaches[N 1]
Yrs Years coached
First First season coached
Last Last season coached
GC Games Coached
W Wins
L Loses
T Ties
Win% Win – Loss percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Bengals

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct the end of the 2019 NFL season.

# Name Term[N 2] Regular season Playoffs Accomplishments Ref.
Yrs First Last GC W L T Win% GC W L
1 Paul Brown 8 1968 1975 112 55 56 1 .495 3 0 3 Inducted Pro Football Hall of Fame (1967)
2 AFC Central Championships (1970, 1973)
3 Playoff Berths
2 UPI NFL Coach of the Year Awards (1969, 1970)
[6]
2 Bill Johnson* 3 1976 1978[N 3] 33 18 15 0 .545 [7]
3 Homer Rice 3 1978[N 3] 1979 27 8 19 0 .296 [8]
4 Forrest Gregg 4 1980 1983 57 32 25 0 .561 4 2 2 1 AFC Championship (1981)
1 AFC Central Championship (1981)
2 Playoff Berths
1 UPI NFL Coach of the Year Award (1981)
[9]
5 Sam Wyche 8 1984 1991 121 61 66 0 .480 5 3 2 1 AFC Championship (1988)
2 AFC Central Championships (1988, 1990)
2 Playoff Berths
[10]
6 Dave Shula* 5 1992 1996[N 4] 71 19 52 0 .268 [11]
7 Bruce Coslet 5 1996[N 4] 2000[N 5] 60 21 39 0 .350 [12]
8 Dick LeBeau 3 2000[N 5] 2002 45 12 33 0 .267 [13]
9 Marvin Lewis* 16 2003 2018 256 131 122 3 .518 7 0 7 4 AFC North Championships (2005, 2009, 2013, 2015)
7 Playoff Berths
1 AP NFL Coach of the Year Award (2009)
[14]
10 Zac Taylor* 1 2019 present 16 2 14 0 .125

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Bengals. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  2. ^ Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season.
  3. ^ a b Homer Rice replaced Bill Johnson as head coach after the Bengals started 0–5. The team dipped to marks of 0–8 and 1–12 before rebounding under Rice to win the last three games.
  4. ^ a b The Dave Shula era comes to a sudden end when he is fired after a 1–6 start. Bruce Coslet, the team's offensive coordinator, would replace Shula as head coach.
  5. ^ a b After being shut out in two of their first three games, coach Bruce Coslet resigned; he was replaced by defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

References[edit]

General
  • "CIN Coaching Records and History". Database Football. Database Sports. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  • "NFL Coach of the Year Award". HickokSports.com. February 15, 2011. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
Specific
  1. ^ a b "History – Cincinnati Bengals". Cincinnati Bengals. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals Championship History". NFL Team History.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Forrest Gregg Records, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Dick LeBeau Records, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "Paul Brown Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC.
  7. ^ "Bill Johnson Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC.
  8. ^ "Homer Rice Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC.
  9. ^ "Forrest Gregg Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC.
  10. ^ "Sam Wyche Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC.
  11. ^ "Dave Shula Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC.
  12. ^ "Bruce Coslet Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC.
  13. ^ "Dick LeBeau Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC.
  14. ^ "Marvin Lewis Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC.