2001 Cincinnati Bengals season

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

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

NFL Draft

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

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

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

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

Roster

2001 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

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

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) Pittsburgh Steelers 1330.813352212W1
(5) Baltimore Ravens 1060.625303265W1
Cleveland Browns 790.438285319L1
Tennessee Titans 790.438336388L2
Jacksonville Jaguars 6100.375294286L2
Cincinnati Bengals 6100.375226309W2

Team leaders

Passing

PlayerAttCompYdsTDINTRating
John Kitna5813133216122261.1

Rushing

PlayerAttYdsYPCLongTD
Corey Dillon34013153.99610

Receiving

PlayerRecYdsAvgLongTD
Peter Warrick706679.5331
Darnay Scott5781914.4492
Corey Dillon342286.7173

Defensive

PlayerTacklesSacksINTsFFFR
Takeo Spikes1096.0110
Reinard Wilson379.0012
Artrell Hawkins590.0321
Kevin Kaesviharn250.0300

Kicking and punting

PlayerFGAFGMFG%XPAXPMXP%Points
Neil Rackers281760.7%242395.8%74
PlayerPuntsYardsLongBlkdAvg.
Nick Harris84337257140.1

Special teams

PlayerKRKRYardsKRAvgKRLongKRTDPRPRYardsPRAvgPRLongPRTD
Curtis Keaton4289121.2640000.000
Peter Warrick000.000181166.4310
T. J. Houshmandzadeh1018518.52301216313.6860

Awards and records

Pro Bowl selections

Milestones

References

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