1976 Cincinnati Bengals season

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1976 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Bill Johnson
Owner Paul Brown
Home field Riverfront Stadium
Results
Record 10–4
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1975 1977 >

The 1976 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's ninth year in professional football and its seventh with the National Football League.

Paul Brown had announced his retirement after 41 seasons of coaching and named Bill Johnson, one his longtime assistant, as the successor over future San Francisco Head coach Bill Walsh. Brown continued to serve as the club's general manager and vice president. The Bengals acquired defensive end Coy Bacon in a trade with San Diego and drafted halfback Archie Griffin, the two-time Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State. The Bengals won nine of their first 11 games and finished 10–4, but did not make the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1976 NFL Draft
1976 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Billy Brooks  Wide receiver Oklahoma
1 24 Archie Griffin  Running back Ohio State
2 38 Glenn Bujnoch  Guard Texas A&M
2 51 Chris Bahr  Placekicker Penn State
3 69 Danny Reece  Defensive back USC
3 82 Reggie Williams  Linebacker Dartmouth
4 106 Tony Davis  Running back Nebraska
4 116 Greg Fairchild  Guard Tulsa
5 138 Willie Shelby  Running back Alabama
5 147 Scott Perry  Defensive back Williams
6 176 Orlando Nelson  Tight end Utah State
7 187 Bob Bateman  Quarterback Brown
7 192 Carmen Rome  Defensive back Miami (OH)
7 205 Ken Kuhn  Linebacker Ohio State
8 232 Ron Hunt  Offensive tackle Oregon
9 259 Lonnie Allgood  Wide receiver Syracuse
10 287 Tom Klaban  Placekicker Ohio State
11 314 Melvin Morgan  Defensive back Mississippi Valley State
12 341 Joe Dale Harris  Wide receiver Alabama
13 371 Randy Walker  Running back Miami (OH)
14 398 Greg Coleman  Punter Florida A&M
15 425 Lynn Hieber  Quarterback Indiana (PA)
16 455 George Demopoulis  Center Miami (FL)
17 482 Scott Dannelley  Guard Ohio State
      Made roster  

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1976 Cincinnati Bengals staff
Front office
  • President – John Sawyer
  • General Manager – Paul Brown
  • Director of Player Personnel – Pete Brown

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength – Kim Wood

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

1976 Cincinnati Bengals Schedule
Date Opponent # Result Score Attendance Stadium
September 12 Denver Broncos W 17–7
53,464
Riverfront Stadium
September 19 at Baltimore Colts L 27–28
50,374
Memorial Stadium
September 26 Green Bay Packers W 28–7
44,103
Riverfront Stadium
October 3 at Cleveland Browns W 45–24
75,817
Cleveland Stadium
October 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21–0
49,700
Riverfront Stadium
October 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 6–23
48,311
Three Rivers Stadium
October 24 at Houston Oilers W 27–7
45,499
Astrodome
October 31 Cleveland Browns W 21–6
54,776
Riverfront Stadium
November 8 Los Angeles Rams W 20–12
52,480
Riverfront Stadium
November 14 Houston Oilers W 31–27
53,243
Riverfront Stadium
November 21 at Kansas City Chiefs W 27–24
46,259
Arrowhead Stadium
November 28 Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–7
55,142
Riverfront Stadium
December 6 at Oakland Raiders L 20–35
52,430
Oakland Coliseum
December 12 at New York Jets W 42–3
31,067
Shea Stadium

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers(3) 10 4 0 .714 5–1 9–3 342 138
Cincinnati Bengals 10 4 0 .714 4–2 8–3 335 210
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 3–3 6–5 267 287
Houston Oilers 5 9 0 .357 0–6 3–9 222 273

Team stats[edit]

1976 Cincinnati Bengals Team Stats
TEAM STATS Bengals Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
TOTAL NET YARDS
Avg Per Game
Total Plays
Avg. Per Play
NET YARDS RUSHING
Avg. Per Game
Total Rushes
NET YARDS PASSING
Avg. Per Game
Sacked Yards Lost
Gross Yards
Att. Completions
Completion Pct.
Intercepted
PUNTS-AVERAGE
PENALTIES-YARDS
FUMBLES-BALL LOST
TOUCHDOWNS
Rushing
Passing
Returns
Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 Tot
Bengals
Opponents

Team leaders[edit]

  • Passing: Ken Anderson (338 Att, 179 Comp, 2367 Yds, 53.0 Pct, 19 TD, 14 Int, 76.9 Rating)
  • Rushing: Boobie Clark (151 Att, 671 Yds, 4.4 Avg, 24 Long, 7 TD)
  • Receiving: Isaac Curtis (41 Rec, 766 Yds, 18.7 Avg, 85 Long, 6 TD)
  • Scoring: Chris Bahr, 81 points (14 FG; 39 PAT)

Roster[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Awards and records[edit]

  • Ken Riley, Franchise Record, Most Interceptions in One Season, (9) [2]

Pro Bowl Selections[edit]

  • QB Ken Anderson
  • DE Coy Bacon
  • S Tommy Casanova
  • WR Isaac Curtis
  • LB Jim LeClair
  • CB Lemar Parrish

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1976 Cincinnati Bengals draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 37