1996 Cincinnati Bengals season

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1996 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Dave Shula (first 7 games)
Bruce Coslet (last 9 games)
Home field Cinergy Field
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1995 1997 >

The 1996 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 29th year in professional football and its 27th with the National Football League. The Dave Shula era comes to a sudden end when he is fired after a 1–6 start, as Jeff Blake struggles with turnovers. Former Bengals TE Bruce Coslet, former New York Jets head coach, and the team's offensive coordinator, would replace Shula as head coach. The move paid off right away as the Bengals won the first 3 games under Coslet. After losing two of their next three games, the Bengals closed the year with three straight wins to finish with an 8–8 record. [1] One bright spot during the season, was that WR Carl Pickens became the first member of the Bengals to have 100 receptions in a season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1996 NFL Draft
1996 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 Willie Anderson *  Offensive tackle Auburn
2 39 Marco Battaglia  Tight end Rutgers
3 69 Ken Blackman  Guard Illinois
4 108 Jevon Langford  Defensive end Oklahoma State
5 144 Greg Myers  Defensive back Colorado State
6 178 Tom Tumulty  Linebacker Pittsburgh
7 219 Rod Jones  Offensive tackle Kansas
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1996 Cincinnati Bengals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Joe Wessel

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Kim Wood

Roster[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 at St. Louis Rams L 26–16
62,659
2 September 8, 1996 at San Diego Chargers L 27–14
55,880
3 September 15, 1996 New Orleans Saints W 30–15
45,412
4 Bye
5 September 29, 1996 Denver Broncos L 14–10
51,798
6 October 6, 1996 Houston Oilers L 30–27
44,680
7 October 13, 1996 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–10
58,875
8 October 20, 1996 at San Francisco 49ers L 28–21
63,218
9 October 27, 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars W 28–21
45,890
10 November 3, 1996 at Baltimore Ravens W 24–21
60,743
11 November 10, 1996 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–24
57,265
12 November 17, 1996 at Buffalo Bills L 31–17
75,549
13 November 24, 1996 Atlanta Falcons W 41–31
44,868
14 December 1, 1996 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 30–27
57,408
15 December 8, 1996 Baltimore Ravens W 21–14
43,022
16 December 15, 1996 at Houston Oilers W 21–13
15,131
17 December 22, 1996 Indianapolis Colts W 31–24
49,389

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 .625 344 257
Jacksonville Jaguars 9 7 0 .563 325 335
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 372 369
Houston Oilers 8 8 0 .500 345 319
Baltimore Ravens 4 12 0 .250 371 441

Team Leaders[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Jeff Blake 549 308 3624 24 14 80.3

Rushing[edit]

Player Att Yds YPC Long TD
Garrison Hearst 225 847 3.8 24 0
Ki-Jana Carter 91 264 2.9 31 8

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec Yds Avg Long TD
Carl Pickens 100 1180 11.8 61 12

Defensive[edit]

Player Tackles Sacks INTs FF FR
Steve Tovar 104 3.0 4 0 0
Dan Wilkinson 44 6.5 1 0 1
Ashley Ambrose 50 2.0 8 1 0

Kicking/Punting[edit]

Player FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Points
Doug Pelfrey 28 23 82.1% 41 41 100.0% 110
Player Punts Yards Long Blkd Avg.
Lee Johnson 80 3630 67 1 45.4

Special Teams[edit]

Player KR KRYards KRAvg KRLong KRTD PR PRYards PRAvg PRLong PRTD
David Dunn 35 782 22.3 90 1 7 54 7.7 20 0
Corey Sawyer 12 241 20.1 33 0 15 117 7.8 62 0

Awards and records[edit]

  • Carl Pickens, Franchise Record, Most Receptions in One Season, 100 Receptions [3]
  • Carl Pickens, Led AFC, Receptions, 100 Receptions [4]

Milestones[edit]

  • Carl Pickens, 3rd 1000 Yard Receiving Season, 1,180 yards [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Season summary and statistics at Sports E Cylclopedia
  2. ^ "1996 Cincinnati Bengals Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 37
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 451
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440