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1972 Cincinnati Bengals

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8-6-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.1, Offense: 1.2, Defense: 3.0, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 299 points (21.4/g), 13th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 229 points (16.4/g), 5th.
 Differential of 70 points (5.0/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 9.1-4.9.

Coach: Paul Brown (8-6-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Charlie Weber
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Walsh (Quarterbacks Coach)

Stadium: Riverfront Stadium
 Training Camp: Wilmington College (Wilmington, Ohio)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Ken Anderson 23 1 13 171 for 301, 1,918 yards, 7 td, 7 int, & 22 rushes for 94 yards and 3 td Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 67th pick / 1971
RB Essex Johnson 26 4 11 212 rushes for 825 yards, 4 td, & 29 catches for 420 yards and 2 td Cincinnati Bengals / 6th / 156th pick / 1968
FB Doug Dressler 24 2 0 128 rushes for 565 yards, 6 td, & 39 catches for 348 yards and 1 td
WR Chip Myers* 27 5 14 57 catches for 792 yards, 3 td San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 248th pick / 1967
WR Speedy Thomas 25 3 10 17 catches for 171 yards, 1 td Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 57th pick / 1969
TE Bob Trumpy 27 4 12 44 catches for 500 yards, 2 td Cincinnati Bengals / 12th / 301st pick / 1968
LT Stan Walters 24 Rook 8 2 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 9th / 210th pick / 1972
LG Howard Fest 26 4 13 Cincinnati Bengals / 6th / 139th pick / 1968
C Bob Johnson 26 4 14 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1968
RG Pat Matson 28 6 14
RT Vern Holland 24 1 14 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 15th pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE Royce Berry 26 3 13 Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 161st pick / 1969
LDT Mike Reid*+ 25 2 14 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 7th pick / 1970
RDT Steve Chomyszak 28 6 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 12th / 103rd pick / 1966
RDE Sherman White 24 Rook 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
LLB Al Beauchamp 28 4 13 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 138th pick / 1968
MLB Bill Bergey 27 3 11 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 31st pick / 1969
RLB Ken Avery 28 5 12 New York Giants / 12th / 179th pick / 1966
LCB Lemar Parrish 25 2 14 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 163rd pick / 1970
RCB Ken Riley 25 3 12 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 6th / 135th pick / 1969
SS Neal Craig 24 1 0 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 171st pick / 1971
FS Tommy Casanova 22 Rook 14 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 29th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Horst Muhlmann 32 3 0 27 of 40 field goals & 30 of 31 extra points
P Dave Lewis 27 2 0 66 punts for a 42.1 average, 0 blocked New York Giants / 5th / 109th pick / 1967
PR Tommy Casanova 22 Rook 14 30 punt returns for a 9.6 average and 1 td Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 29th pick / 1972
KR Bernard Jackson 22 Rook 2 21 kick returns for a 24.2 average and 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 81st pick / 1972

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
52 Doug Adams 23 14 3 225 6-1 Ohio St. 11/3/1949 1 5 Denver Broncos / 7th / 165th pick / 1971
14 Ken Anderson 23 QB 13 13 212 6-2 Augustana (IL) 2/15/1949 1 9 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 67th pick / 1971
51 Ken Avery 28 RLB 13 12 227 6-0 Southern Miss 5/23/1944 5 7 New York Giants / 12th / 179th pick / 1966
58 Al Beauchamp 28 LLB 14 13 237 6-2 Southern 6/25/1944 4 8 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 138th pick / 1968
66 Bill Bergey 27 MLB 12 11 243 6-4 Arkansas St. 2/9/1945 3 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 31st pick / 1969
82 Royce Berry 26 LDE 14 13 250 6-4 Houston 4/14/1946 3 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 161st pick / 1969
89 Drew Buie 25 4 0 185 6-0 Catawba 7/12/1947 3 0 Oakland Raiders / 9th / 234th pick / 1969
70 Ron Carpenter 24 14 4 261 6-4 North Carolina St. 6/24/1948 2 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1970
11 Virgil Carter 27 qb 10 1 192 6-1 BYU 11/9/1945 4 3 Chicago Bears / 6th / 142nd pick / 1967
37 Tommy Casanova 22 FS 14 14 202 6-2 LSU 8/29/1950 Rook 10 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 29th pick / 1972
79 Steve Chomyszak 28 RDT 13 10 265 6-6 Syracuse 2/27/1944 6 7 New York Jets / 12th / 103rd pick / 1966
38 Steve Conley 23 1 0 225 6-2 Kansas 3/9/1949 Rook 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 158th pick / 1972
88 Bruce Coslet 26 10 0 227 6-4 Pacific 8/5/1946 3 1
34 Neal Craig 24 SS 14 0 191 6-1 Fisk 4/21/1948 1 9 Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 171st pick / 1971
50 Tom DeLeone 22 13 0 248 6-2 Ohio St. 8/13/1950 Rook 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 106th pick / 1972
63 Guy Dennis 25 13 0 255 6-2 Florida 2/28/1947 3 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 109th pick / 1969
44 Doug Dressler 24 FB 14 0 228 6-3 Cal State-Chico 8/19/1948 2 8
72 Howard Fest 26 LG 14 13 262 6-6 Texas 4/11/1946 4 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 6th / 139th pick / 1968
76 Vern Holland 24 RT 14 14 268 6-5 Tennessee St. 6/27/1948 1 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 15th pick / 1971
23 Bernard Jackson 22 KR 14 2 178 6-0 Washington St. 8/24/1950 Rook 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 81st pick / 1972
54 Bob Johnson 26 C 14 14 262 6-5 Tennessee 8/19/1946 4 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1968
19 Essex Johnson 26 RB 14 11 201 5-9 Grambling St. 10/15/1946 4 11 Cincinnati Bengals / 6th / 156th pick / 1968
80 Ken Johnson 25 11 2 265 6-6 Indiana 3/12/1947 1 3
18 Charlie Joiner 25 6 4 188 5-11 Grambling St. 10/14/1947 3 2 Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
56 Tim Kearney 22 1 0 227 6-2 Northern Michigan 11/5/1950 Rook 3 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 83rd pick / 1972
24 Ernie Kellermann 29 14 0 183 6-0 Miami (OH) 12/17/1943 6 4 Dallas Cowboys / 12th / 159th pick / 1965
87 Mike Kelly 24 13 0 215 6-4 Davidson 1/14/1948 2 0
68 Steve Lawson 23 3 1 265 6-3 Kansas 1/4/1949 1 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 41st pick / 1971
55 Jim LeClair 22 14 0 234 6-3 North Dakota 10/30/1950 Rook 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 54th pick / 1972
15 Dave Lewis 27 P 14 0 216 6-2 Stanford 10/16/1945 2 3 New York Giants / 5th / 109th pick / 1967
73 Pat Matson 28 RG 14 14 245 6-1 Oregon 7/22/1944 6 6
71 Rufus Mayes 25 6 4 260 6-5 Ohio St. 12/5/1947 3 3 Chicago Bears / 1st / 14th pick / 1969
26 Reece Morrison 27 6 0 207 6-0 Texas St. 10/21/1945 4 0 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 66th pick / 1968
16 Horst Muhlmann 32 K 14 0 215 6-1 none 1/2/1940 3 4
25 Chip Myers* 27 WR 14 14 203 6-4 NW Oklahoma St. 7/9/1945 5 9 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 248th pick / 1967
20 Lemar Parrish 25 LCB 14 14 185 5-11 Lincoln (MO) 12/13/1947 2 11 Cincinnati Bengals / 7th / 163rd pick / 1970
53 Bill Peterson 27 14 0 230 6-3 San Jose St. 6/6/1945 4 4
30 Jess Phillips 25 13 3 210 6-1 Michigan St. 2/28/1947 4 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 84th pick / 1968
60 Ron Pritchard 25 7 3 235 6-1 Arizona St. 4/9/1947 3 3 Houston Oilers / 1st / 15th pick / 1969
27 Al Randolph 28 2 0 205 6-2 Iowa 7/8/1944 6 3 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 37th pick / 1966
74 Mike Reid*+ 25 LDT 14 14 255 6-3 Penn St. 5/24/1947 2 12 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 7th pick / 1970
13 Ken Riley 25 RCB 12 12 181 5-11 Florida A&M 8/6/1947 3 8 Cincinnati Bengals / 6th / 135th pick / 1969
18 Paul Robinson 28 4 0 198 6-0 Arizona 12/19/1944 4 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1968
17 Speedy Thomas 25 WR 11 10 170 6-1 Utah 4/13/1947 3 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 57th pick / 1969
84 Bob Trumpy 27 TE 12 12 228 6-6 Illinois,Utah 3/6/1945 4 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 12th / 301st pick / 1968
75 Stan Walters 24 LT 8 8 275 6-6 Syracuse 5/27/1948 Rook 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 9th / 210th pick / 1972
40 Pete Watson 22 2 0 210 6-1 Tufts 9/19/1950 Rook 0
83 Sherman White 24 RDE 13 13 250 6-5 California 10/6/1948 Rook 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
33 Fred Willis 25 5 5 212 6-0 Boston Col. 12/9/1947 1 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 93rd pick / 1971
Team Total 25.3 14 224.7 6-2.2 2.6