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.
3 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.
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.