So far, in our countdown of the top-five coaches in Bengals history, we've named Bill "Tiger" Johnson as No. 5, Forrest Gregg at No. 4 and current coach Marvin Lewis at No. 3. That means it's time for the coach coming in second in our countdown: Sam Wyche
Wyche is the only coach in our countdown that was also a player for the Cincinnati Bengals. From 1968-1970, Wyche completed 115 passes out of 220 attempts for 1,743 yards, 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. After leading the Bengals offense for three years, Wyche went on to play the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams.
Then, in 1984, Paul Brown hired Sam Wyche to be the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, after he had coached for the University of South Carolina, the San Francisco 49ers and Indiana University. During his time as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, he was credited with the invention of the no-huddle offense and he led the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, a game they lost to the San Francisco 49ers in 1988 by a score of 20-16, losing in the last seconds of the game.
And there's also this:
Unfortunately, Wyche was fired by new owner Mike Brown, who had taken over for his father in 1991, just three years after he led the Bengals to the Super Bowl. He then went on to coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but never was able to make it back to the playoffs.
After he retired as a head coach, he became an NFL broadcaster for NBC and CBS.
For everything Wyche did for the Bengals under original owner Paul Brown, he has earned a spot in our countdown as the second-best coach in Bengals history.