Sam Wyche, the last Cincinnati Bengals coach to win a playoff game, has died.

Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche waves to the crowd as he is honored at halftime during an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Cincinnati. The Bengals won 30-16. (Scott Boehm via AP)

Sam Wyche, whose greatest moment may have been to call Cleveland Browns fans what they really are, passed away today at the age of 74. As an NFL coach with the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had a subpar 84-107 record, but he did achieve a 3-2 mark in the postseason, including taking the “Ickey Woods Shuffle” Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII.

A coach to the end, he spent the two decades as a quarterbacks and head coach for Pickens High School in South Carolina, coaching up until 2019, when his liver cancer grew too great to handle.

But let us remember December 10, 1989, when during a Bengals home game against the Seattle Seahawks, some Cincinnati fans started throwing debris onto the field. Wyche took the PA microphone, and called those fans the most derogatory thing a head coach could ever call fans.



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