Cincinnati Bengals established 50 years ago on May 23, 1967, as a professional American football franchise. The team is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and presently competes in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of NFL’s American Football Conference (AFC) Northern Division. The team play at Paul Brown Stadium located in Downtown Cincinnati and is currently coached by Marvin Lewis, and he is at the helm as head coach since 2003. Marvin Lewis is the second-longest tenured NFL coach just following New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. Cincinnati Bengals main rivals include Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburg Steelers.
The Cincinnati Bengals won the American Football Championships in 1981 and 1988; however, they lost both Super Bowl XVI and XXIII to the San Francisco 49ers. After the 1990 season, Cincinnati Bengals has a lot of struggles and never posted a winning record for 14 years or making any playoffs. However, the team’s fortunes improved since the mid-2000s under the head coach Marvin Lewis. The coach steered the team to their first winning season, as well as the first division title and made playoffs every season until 2016, which made the team to rank highly among NFL teams regarding win totals.
On the other hand, Cincinnati Bengals have been unable to win in the postseason, as well as not able to win a playoff game since 1990. They have not also been able to win a Super Bowl since the 2016 season, as well as one of the nine NFL teams that have played in at least one Super Bowl without winning a game. Cincinnati Bengals’ official mascot is a Bengal tiger called Who Dey that walks around the field behind the goal post, and their cheerleading squad is named Cincinnati Ben-Gals that includes Laura Vikmanis, who is the oldest cheerleader in the league’s history.
Some of the team’s players of note include quarterbacks Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron, Running backs Giovani Bernard and Ryan Hewitt, wide receivers Tyler Boyd and Cody Core, tight ends Cethan Carter and Tyler Kroft, offensive linemen Russell Bodine and Clint Boling, defensive linemen Geno Atkins and Andrew Billings. Others are linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Jordan Evans, defensive backs Darqueze Dennard and Clayton Fejedelem, special teams Randy Bullock and Clark Harris, reserve lists Tra Carson and Jeff Driskel, and practice squad Brandon Bell and J.J Dielman.
Pro Football Hall of Fame members for the Bengals included Paul Brown for the seasons 1968 to 1975 who was inducted in 1967, Charlie Joiner for the seasons 1972 to 1975 and was inducted in 1996, and Anthony Murioz for the seasons 1980 to 1992 and was inducted in 1998. The team’s individual awards for the NFL MVP winners include Ken Anderson for the 1981 season and Boomer Esiason for the 1988 season. AFL and NFL Rookie of the year include Paul Robinson in 1968, Greg Cook in 1969, Eddie Brown in 1985, and Carl Pickens in 1992. Furthermore, the Maxwell Club NFL Coach of the year for the Cincinnati Bengals included Paul Brown in both 1969 and 1970 together with Marvin Lewis in 2009.