June 22, 2017

My Bengals all time top 11 (offense)

QB – Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson still has not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He holds records for completion percentage in a season, Super Bowl completion percentage and he once completed 20 of 22 passes against the Steel Curtain defense Steelers in 1974. He also has the second best postseason quarterback rating in NFL history.

RB – Corey Dillon
In 6 starts Dillion gained 1,129 yards and scored ten times. He also set a rookie record by running for 246 yards in one game. He also scored four times in that game, a team record that still stands today. His first Pro Bowl year was in 1999, after gaining 1,200 yards. It was the first of three consecutive Pro Bowl games. He set a team record by running for 1,435 yards in 2000, a season that saw him set an then-NFL record by running for 278 yards in a game. He scored 13 times the next year, including a career long 96-yard jaunt that led the NFL and set a Bengals record for longest offensive play ever.

FB – Pete Johnson
In 1979 Pete scored 14 times on the ground and once in the air, which was the third most in the league. After a solid 1980 season, he had his best year in the NFL in 1981, which was the only time Johnson went to the Pro Bowl. He set career highs with 274 carries for 1,077 yards, 46 receptions for 320 yards, and 16 total scores. It helped the Bengals reach their first Super Bowl in franchise history, as Johnson scored once in each playoff victory.

TE – Bob Trumpy
In one season Trumpy had with 37 receptions at 17.3 yards per catch, which got him named to the Pro Bowl. Trumpy returned the next year by setting a still standing team record of 22.6 yards per catch average off another 37 receptions. He also scored a career high nine times and was named First Team All-Pro for his efforts.

LT – Anthony Munoz

LG – Max Montoya
Though he was an elite guard in the NFL, it took until 1986 for him to be recognized with a Pro Bowl nod. He would repeat the honor in both 1987 and 1988 before leaving the Bengals for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990. The fact that Munoz speaks so highly of him makes it a safe choice for me.

C – Rich Braham
He played with the Bengals for 13 seasons. At the end of the 2006 NFL season, Braham decided to announce his retirement after sustaining a knee injury during the week 2 game against the Cleveland Browns. He was a mainstay of one of the best Bengals lines in recent history.

RG – Bruce Reimers
Reimers was an eighth round draft pick of the Bengals in 1985. He began to break into the starting lineup by his third season. Besides starting at left guard, Reimers was a versatile player who often filled in at the tackle positions as well. He was an integral member of an offensive line that saw the Bengals become the highest scoring team in 1988, where they appeared in Super Bowl XXIII.

RT – Willie Anderson
A mainstay of their offensive line for 11 years. After missing two games in 1999, he would not miss a game nor start again until 2007. Though he had long been considered an upper echelon left tackle for years, Anderson was finally recognized in 2003 with the first of four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. He was named First Team All-Pro for the final three seasons he achieved this honor.

WR1 – Isaac Curtis
He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the NFL. Not only did he grab 32 touchdown passes over that time, he averaged over twenty yards at catch on 200 receptions. Curtis led the NFL with a career best 21.2 yards per catch average in 1975 after accumulating a 21.1 average the season before.

WR2 – Chad Ochocinco
Chad was a bright spot for a team that had no other bright spots for some time. A 6 time pro-bowler, at his prime there was none better that put on the stripes.