1. The 1991 Season:
There was little special about the 1991 season. It was notable for being the first of 14 consecutive years without a winning season or a playoff trip. Statistically, the Bengals weren’t very good, with Boomer Esiason throwing more INTs than TDs and the team posting a -11 turnover differential. It was also long-time RB James Brooks‘ last year with the team, as well as Sam Wyche’s last year as head coach. But what makes 1991 the most significant year in Bengals history is what happened just weeks before the season began. On August 5th, 1991 team founder and President Paul Brown died of complications from pneumonia. The team was passed to his son, Mike Brown, but the passing of the team’s patriarch left a chasm that has never been filled. The Bengals finished 1991 3-13, but the last place record was nothing compared to the loss of one of the greatest minds in NFL history. That makes 1991 a year that wasn’t one to remember record-wise, but is one that can never be forgotten by Bengals fans.