Former Bengals coach Sam Wyche dies at age 74

Published: Jan. 2, 2020 at 4:23 PM EST
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Sam Wyche, who coached the Cincinnati Bengals to an appearance in Super Bowl XXIII has died at age 74.

"Sam was a wonderful guy," team owner Mike Brown said in a statement. "We got to know him as both a player and a coach. As our coach, he had great success and took us to the Super Bowl. He was friends with everyone here, both during his tenure as head coach and afterwards. We not only liked him, we admired him as a man. He had a great generosity of spirit and lived his life trying to help others. We express our condolences to Jane and his children Zak and Kerry."

Wyche coached the Bengals for eight seasons from 1984 to 1991 and is believed to be the first coach install the no-huddle offense. Wyche later coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four seasons from 1992 to 1995.

He went 61-66 with Cincinnati. Wyche had been in hospice care since December 30, 2019 and died due to melanoma

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