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Let’s Rank All Of The Cincinnati Bengals Head Coaches 

 

 

9. Dick LeBeau

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Years Coached: 2000-2002

Total Games Coached: 45

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 12-33

 

1992-2002 saw some terrible times in Cincinnati Bengals history. A mixture of bad ingredients led to the culmination of a bad soup that Bengals fans had to munch on for years. Perhaps no one was worse than Dick LeBeau though. LeBeau was Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator at the time (and the Bengals had one of the worst defenses in the league statistically while LeBeau was DC) and somehow convinced management to give him the job as interim coach after Bruce Coslet resigned. Here’s where I say that teams that promote from within rarely see great results on-the-field. LeBeau was promoted to head coach and that resulted in some of the worst seasons Bengals fans have ever been apart of.


 

8. Homer Rice

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Years Coached: 1978-1979

Total Games Coached: 27

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 8-19

 

Very few people remember the “Homer Rice/Cincinnati Bengals” days. That’s because the only time Homer Rice coached in the NFL was when he served as head coach of the Bengals in that two-year span. The rest of Rice’s coaching tenure was spent in the college ranks where he compiled an overall record of 12-28-1. Someone please explain to me how the hell this guy ever ended up getting an NFL head coaching gig? Different times man. Different times.


 

7. Dave Shula

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Years Coached: 1992-1996

Total Games Coached: 71

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 19-52

 

Don Shula was a pretty successful NFL head coach. That must mean that his son (who had no previous head coaching experience before taking the job) would also be pretty damn good at the job as well. My dad is a hell of a cabinet-maker and even though I’ve never made a cabinet myself, I’m pretty sure someone out there would hire me based on my last name alone. Oh….wait. That’s not how the real world works exactly? Tell that to the Bengals who hired Shula expecting him to be his dad. You know what they got instead? Absolute misery. Five straight losing seasons. Two straight seasons where the team finished 3-13 and just years of being non-competitive and disgusting on the football field. Shula was so bad as Bengals head coach that he left coaching for 22 years before joining the staff over at Dartmouth in 2018. We all have memories though Shula and in NFL history, you’re the fastest coach to reach 50 losses so at least you have that going for you.


 

6. Bruce Coslet

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Years Coached: 1996-2000

Total Games Coached: 60

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 21-39

 

Bruce Coslet did a hell of a job as Bengals offensive coordinator under Sam Wyche. The Bengals had one of the NFL’s top offenses under Coslet, which led to him getting the head coaching job with the Jets in 1990. After four underwhelming seasons with the Jets, Coslet was fired and returned to the Bengals as OC. That didn’t last long though because head coach Dan Shula was fired halfway through the season and Coslet was handed the job. After finishing the season with an impressive 7-2 record, the Bengals gave Coslet the job permanently. And this is where I say that promoting from within NEVER WORKS GUYS! How many more instances do we need of this? Good luck this year Freddie Kitchens!


 

5. Bill Johnson

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Years Coached: 1976-1978

Total Games Coached: 33

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 18-15

 

The Bill Johnson/Cincinnati Bengals era was short, but kinda sweet. Johnson took over as head coach after Paul Brown retired and personally named Johnson the man to take over for him. Talk about some high expectations. In his first year with the team, Johnson went 10-4 and just missed out on the playoffs. The second year saw the team regress to 8-6 and after an 0-5 start in 1978, that was all she wrote for the Bill Johnson era in Cincinnati. You know….that whole “promoting from with-in” thing.


 

4. Forrest Gregg

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Years Coached: 1980-1983

Total Games Coached: 57

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 32-25

 

Forrest Gregg would be higher on this list if his tenure in Cincinnati was longer. Gregg spent four seasons in Cincinnati and saw a lot of success in his time there, especially during the 1981 season where the team made it to the Super Bowl before losing to the San Francisco 49ers. The following season was a short NFL season due to the 1982 player’s strike, but the Bengals went 7-2 before losing to the Jets in the first-round of the playoffs. Cincinnati just missed out on the playoffs in 1983 when the team went 7-9, but that signaled the end of Gregg’s time in Cincinnati as he left the team to take the Green Bay Packers head coaching job. That one didn’t end as well for Gregg though……


 

3. Paul Brown

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Years Coached: 1968-1975

Total Games Coached: 112

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 55-56-1

 

The Cincinnati Bengals founder might be unhappy that he’s not the greatest coach in Bengals history, but it is what it is. Building a new NFL team from scratch is a tough job. Very rarely will you see a new team get built in the NFL and have immediate success. The Bengals and Brown struggled in their first few years in the league but by 1970, they started to pick up steam. The 70’s were a good time to be a Bengals fans as Brown and the Bengals only had one losing season in six years and made the playoffs three times. Unfortunately for Bengals fans, Paul Brown just couldn’t win in the post-season (sound familiar?). After losing to the Oakland Raiders in the 1975 playoffs, Brown called it quits and moved on. His time as Bengals head coach was a success, it just wasn’t successful enough.


 

2. Marvin Lewis

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Years Coached: 2003-2018

Total Games Coached: 256

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 131-122-3

 

All you had to do was win a playoff game Marvin. Seriously. Had Marvin Lewis just won ONE DAMN PLAYOFF GAME IN SIXTEEN YEARS….he would probably be #1 on this list. Unfortunately for Marvin, post-season success means a lot in these rankings because what else are you playing for? First of all, we need to give Lewis some credit. Holding a head coaching job for sixteen years in the NFL is no easy feat but Lewis pulled it off. He also managed to pull it off and finish his career with a winning record in the regular season (another extremely impressive feat). However. The black cloud that’s always going to hang over his head is his failure’s when it managed to count the most. How the hell do you get your team to five straight playoff appearances and not manage to win AT LEAST ONE DAMN PLAYOFF GAME IN THAT TIME? It absolutely baffles my mind.


 

1. Sam Wyche

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Years Coached: 1984-1991

Total Games Coached: 121

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 61-66

 

Sam Wyche is the second-longest tenured head coach in Cincinnati Bengals history. He also has more post-season success than any other Bengals coach in history and that’s why he’s #1. Wyche spent eight seasons in Cincinnati and only made the playoffs twice, but it’s what he did in the playoffs that make him the best Bengals coach of all-time. HE ACTUALLY WON GAMES GUYS! In 1988, Wyche and the Bengals finished 12-4 and made it all the way to Super Bowl XXIII before losing to the San Francisco 49ers in a game I’m sure a lot of Bengals fans remember fondly. They made the playoffs again in 1990 and beat the Houston Oilers in the first-round (which to this day is still the Bengals last playoff win) before losing to the Raiders the next week. Unfortunately for Wyche and Bengals fans, things went off the rails the next year and Wyche left the team and not without a little bit of controversy first. Unlike a lot of other NFL teams, the Bengals have no clear front-runner for best coach of all-time…..but Sam Wyche gets my vote.