2001 Cincinnati Bengals season

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2001 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Dick LeBeau
Home field Paul Brown Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 6th AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 2001 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 34th year in professional football and its 32nd with the National Football League. In the first full season with Dick LeBeau as head coach, the Bengals abandoned their plans for developing quarterback Akili Smith as their starter by acquiring Jon Kitna from the Seattle Seahawks. The Bengals would win their first two games with Kitna behind center, and sat at 4–3 through the first seven games of the season. However, the Bengals would struggle again, losing their next seven games as Kitna struggled with inconsistency, throwing 22 interceptions while throwing only 12 Touchdown passes. The Bengals would win their final two games to close the season with a mediocre 6–10 record, their 11th straight season without tallying a winning record. Despite the team's struggles, All-Pro running back Corey Dillon had another stellar year, rushing for 1,315 yards.[1]

2001 would turn out to be an important year for the team, as players such as Justin Smith, Chad Johnson, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh were drafted, all those players would be important to Cincinnati in later years.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

2001 Cincinnati Bengals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 4 Justin Smith *  Defensive end Missouri
2 36 Chad Johnson *  Wide receiver Oregon State
3 66 Sean Brewer  Tight end San Jose State
4 100 Rudi Johnson *  Running back Auburn
5 135 Victor Leyva  Guard Arizona State
6 168 Riall Johnson  Linebacker Stanford
7 204 T. J. Houshmandzadeh *  Wide receiver Oregon State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2001 Cincinnati Bengals staff
Front office
  • President – Mike Brown
  • Senior Vice President – Pete Brown
  • Vice President – Paul Brown
  • Directors of Pro/College Personnel – Jim Lippincott, Duke Tobin

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Bob Bratkowski
  • Quarterbacks – Ken Anderson
  • Running Backs – Jim Anderson
  • Wide Receivers – Steve Mooshagian
  • Tight Ends – Frank Verducci
  • Offensive Line – Paul Alexander
  • Offensive Assistant – John Garrett
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Kim Wood
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Rodney Holman

Roster[edit]

2001 Cincinnati Bengals roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

  • 43 Kirk McMullen
Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 9, 2001 New England Patriots W 23–17
51,521
2 September 23, 2001 Baltimore Ravens W 21–10
51,121
3 September 30, 2001 at San Diego Chargers L 28–14
56,048
4 October 7, 2001 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–7
62,335
5 October 14, 2001 Cleveland Browns W 24–14
64,217
6 October 21, 2001 Chicago Bears L 24–0
63,408
7 October 28, 2001 at Detroit Lions W 31–27
69,343
8 Bye
9 November 11, 2001 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 30–13
57,161
10 November 18, 2001 Tennessee Titans L 20–7
63,865
11 November 25, 2001 at Cleveland Browns L 18–0
72,918
12 December 2, 2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 16–13
52,135
13 December 9, 2001 Jacksonville Jaguars L 14–10
44,920
14 December 16, 2001 at New York Jets L 15–14
77,745
15 December 23, 2001 at Baltimore Ravens L 16–0
68,987
16 December 30, 2001 Pittsburgh Steelers W 26–23
63,751
17 January 6, 2002 at Tennessee Titans W 23–21
68,798

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 13 3 0 .812 352 212
Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 303 265
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 285 319
Tennessee Titans 7 9 0 .438 336 388
Jacksonville Jaguars 6 10 0 .375 294 286
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 226 309

Team Leaders[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
John Kitna 581 313 3216 12 22 61.1

Rushing[edit]

Player Att Yds YPC Long TD
Corey Dillon 340 1315 3.9 96 10

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec Yds Avg Long TD
Peter Warrick 70 667 9.5 33 1
Darnay Scott 57 819 14.4 49 2
Corey Dillon 34 228 6.7 17 3

Defensive[edit]

Player Tackles Sacks INTs FF FR
Takeo Spikes 109 6.0 1 1 0
Reinard Wilson 37 9.0 0 1 2
Artrell Hawkins 59 0.0 3 2 1
Kevin Kaesviharn 25 0.0 3 0 0

Kicking/Punting[edit]

Player FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Points
Neil Rackers 28 17 60.7% 24 23 95.8% 74
Player Punts Yards Long Blkd Avg.
Nick Harris 84 3372 57 1 40.1

Special Teams[edit]

Player KR KRYards KRAvg KRLong KRTD PR PRYards PRAvg PRLong PRTD
Curtis Keaton 42 891 21.2 64 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Peter Warrick 0 0 0.0 0 0 18 116 6.4 31 0
T.J. Houshmandzadeh 10 185 18.5 23 0 12 163 13.6 86 0

Awards and Records[edit]

Pro Bowl Selections[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]