1996 Cincinnati Bengals season

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.

1996 Cincinnati Bengals season
Head coachDave Shula (first 7 games)
Bruce Coslet (last 9 games)
Home fieldCinergy Field
Results
Record8–8
Division place3rd AFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR Carl Pickens

Offseason

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

[2]

Undrafted free agents

1996 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Nick Ferguson Safety Georgia Tech
Chris Hetherington Fullback Yale
Damon Huard Quarterback Washington
Tim Morabito Defensive tackle Boston College

Personnel

Staff

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

1996 Cincinnati Bengals roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice/Taxi squad



Rookies in italics

[3]

Regular season

Schedule

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

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) Pittsburgh Steelers 10 6 0 .625 344 257 L2
(5) Jacksonville Jaguars 9 7 0 .563 325 335 W5
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 372 369 W3
Houston Oilers 8 8 0 .500 345 319 W1
Baltimore Ravens 4 12 0 .250 371 441 L3

Team leaders

Passing

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

Rushing

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

Receiving

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

Defensive

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 and punting

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

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

  • Carl Pickens, Franchise Record, Most Receptions in One Season, 100 Receptions [4]
  • Carl Pickens, Led AFC, Receptions, 100 Receptions [5]

Milestones

  • Carl Pickens, 3rd 1000 Yard Receiving Season, 1,180 yards [6]

References

  1. ^ Season summary and statistics at Sports E Cylclopedia
  2. ^ "1996 Cincinnati Bengals Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "1996 Cincinnati Bengals starters, roster, and players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 37
  5. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 451
  6. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440

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