55 reasons why 2015 was heartbreaking for Bengals fans

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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2015 was easily one of the best five seasons in Bengals history. But it was also one of the most heartbreaking seasons for any fanbase in football.

Disclaimer: 2015 was a fantastic season for the Bengals and their fans. I’ve remained optimistic all year long, but while the playoff loss was still bitter in my mind, I decided to come up with 55 reasons why 2015 was a heartbreaking season for Bengals fans.

I still love the Bengals, and I’ll continue to love them, no matter how many times they break my heart. The Bengals are a talented, deep and exciting team that I’ve enjoyed watching since the minute I became a fan. But playoff losses, a lack of composure in key situations, coaching turnover and an aging roster have given me–and many others–doubts.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at 55 reasons why 2015 was a heartbreaking season for Bengal fans.

(By the way, I chose the number 55 because of Vontaze Burfict, who may have been the most frustrating Bengals player all season long. That being said, I still love you, Tez).

1 coach on the defensive side of the ball remains after the 2015 season—defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. And there’s still a chance he lands a job elsewhere as a head coach.

2 times the Bengals lost to the Steelers after Andy Dalton fractured his thumb on the first drive of Cincinnati’s second matchup with Pittsburgh.

key role players were placed on injured reserve after the entire team stayed healthy for eight weeks.

4 wins for the Bengals (including playoffs) after an 8-0 start.

5 straight seasons the Bengals have gone one-and-done in the playoffs.

6 times the Bengals have lost to Brian Hoyer or T.J. Yates (zero wins).

7 times the Bengals rushed for under 100 yards in a game in 2015.

8 fumbles lost during the regular season.

9 offensive turnovers in three games against the Steelers.

10 penalty yards on All-Pro tackle Andrew Whitworth for two false starts in the Wild Card loss.

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