2003 Cincinnati Bengals season

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2003 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coach Marvin Lewis
Home field Paul Brown Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 2nd AFC North
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 2003 Cincinnati Bengals season was the team's 36th year in professional football and its 34th with the National Football League. The Bengals are now under first year Head Coach Marvin Lewis, who replaced Dick LeBeau who was fired following the 2002 season after the worst season in Bengals history. The Bengals had the first pick overall in the 2003 NFL Draft and drafted Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer with the first pick. After a slow start, the Bengals got hot winning at midseason, winning four straight games to stand at 7–5, entering a key Week 14 match up with the Baltimore Ravens with a chance to win the division. However in the key showdown for first place the Bengals showed they were not quite ready for primetime as they were beaten 31–13. The Bengals would rebound to win their next game against the San Francisco 49ers, but at 8–6 the Bengals could not get that ninth win, losing their last two games to spoil an effort to earn their first winning season in 13 years, finishing at 8–8.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

2003 Cincinnati Bengals Draft
Round Pick # Overall Name Position College
1 1 1 Carson Palmer Quarterback USC
2 1 33 Eric Steinbach Guard Iowa
3 1 65 Kelley Washington Wide Receiver Tennessee
4 1 98 Dennis Weathersby Defensive Back Oregon St.
4 21 118 Jeremi Johnson Fullback Western Kentucky
5 1 136 Khalid Abdullah Linebacker Mars Hill
6 1 174 Langston Moore Defensive Tackle South Carolina
7 1 215 Scott Kooistra Tackle North Carolina St.
7 45 259 Elton Patterson Defensive End Central Florida

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2003 Cincinnati Bengals staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Marvin Lewis
  • Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line – Paul Alexander

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Chip Morton
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Kurtis Shultz

Roster[edit]

2003 Cincinnati Bengals final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 3 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Time Attendance
1 September 7, 2003 Denver Broncos L 30–10 CBS 1:00pm
63,820
2 September 14, 2003 at Oakland Raiders L 23–20 CBS 4:15pm
50,135
3 September 21, 2003 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–10 CBS 1:00pm
64,596
4 September 28, 2003 at Cleveland Browns W 21–14 CBS 1:00pm
73,428
5 October 5, 2003 at Buffalo Bills L 22–16 CBS 1:00pm
72,615
6 Bye
7 October 19, 2003 Baltimore Ravens W 34–26 CBS 1:00pm
53,553
8 October 26, 2003 Seattle Seahawks W 27–24 FOX 1:00pm
52,131
9 November 2, 2003 at Arizona Cardinals L 17–14 CBS 4:05pm
23,531
10 November 9, 2003 Houston Texans W 34–27 CBS 1:00pm
50,437
11 November 16, 2003 Kansas City Chiefs W 24–19 CBS 1:00pm
64,923
12 November 23, 2003 at San Diego Chargers W 34–27 CBS 4:05pm
52,069
13 November 30, 2003 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–20 CBS 1:00pm
58,797
14 December 7, 2003 at Baltimore Ravens L 31–13 CBS 1:00pm
69,468
15 December 14, 2003 San Francisco 49ers W 41–38 FOX 1:00pm
64,666
16 December 21, 2003 at St. Louis Rams L 27–10 CBS 1:00pm
66,061
17 December 28, 2003 Cleveland Browns L 22–14 CBS 1:00pm
65,362

Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 391 281 W2
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 346 384 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 300 327 L1
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 254 322 W1

Team Leaders[edit]

Passing[edit]

Player Att Comp Yds TD INT Rating
Jon Kitna 324 520 3591 26 15 87.4

Rushing[edit]

Player Att Yds YPC Long TD
Rudi Johnson 215 957 4.5 54 9

Receiving[edit]

Player Rec Yds Avg Long TD
Chad Johnson 90 1355 15.1 82 10

Defensive[edit]

Player Tackles Sacks INTs FF FR
Kevin Hardy 124 1.5 0 1 1
Duane Clemons 63 6.0 0 1 1
John Thornton 60 6.0 0 1 2
Tory James 68 1.0 4 0 0

Kicking/Punting[edit]

Player FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Points
Shayne Graham 25 22 88.0% 40 40 100.0% 106
Player Punts Yards Long Blkd Avg.
Kyle Richardson 49 1961 58 0 40.0

Special Teams[edit]

Player KR KRYards KRAvg KRLong KRTD PR PRYards PRAvg PRLong PRTD
Brandon Bennett 53 1146 21.6 46 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Peter Warrick 0 0 0.0 0 0 25 273 10.9 68 1

Awards and records[edit]

Pro Bowl Selections[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]