List of Cincinnati Bengals head coaches

This is a complete list of Cincinnati Bengals head coaches. There have been 9 head coaches for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). The Bengals are a professional American football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are a member of the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). The Bengals franchise was founded in 1968 as a member of the Western Division of the American Football League (AFL),[1] before merging with the NFL in 1970.[1]

The current head coach is Marvin Lewis, who was promoted from defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins on January 14, 2003[2] following the departure of Dick LeBeau on December 30, 2002.[3] Two coaches have won a conference championship with the team: Forrest Gregg in 1981, and Sam Wyche in 1988.[4] Marvin Lewis is the team's winningest coach and all time leader in games coached, while Gregg leads all coaches in winning percentage with .561 (with at least one one full season coached).[5] Dick LeBeau is statistically the worst coach the Bengals had in terms of winning percentage, with .267.[6] Of the 9 Bengals coaches, two have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Paul Brown and Forrest Gregg.[7] Two former players have been head coach for the Bengals, including Sam Wyche and Bruce Coslet.


00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
0*0 Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Bengals
# Number of coaches
GC Games Coached
W Wins
L Loses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage


Note: Statistics are accurate through the 2012 NFL season.

# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
GC W L T Win% GC W L
Cincinnati Bengals
1 Paul Brown 112 55 56 1 .495 3 0 3 UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1969, 1970)
2 Bill Johnson* 33 18 15 0 .545
3 Homer Rice* 27 8 19 0 .296
4 Forrest Gregg 57 32 25 0 .561 4 2 2 UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1981)
5 Sam Wyche 121 61 66 0 .480 5 3 2
6 Dave Shula* 71 19 52 0 .268
7 Bruce Coslet 60 21 39 0 .350
8 Dick LeBeau 45 12 33 0 .267
9 Marvin Lewis* –present 165 83 82 1 .503 4 0 4 AP NFL Coach of the Year (2009)



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