Sam Wyche Biography

Head coach Sam Wyche of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sam Wyche was born January 5, 1945 and raised in Atlanta. He earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Furman University and an MBA from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Wyche is a former player and former head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. Perhaps best known for introducing the use of the No-huddle offense as a standard offense (as opposed to use at the end of the half), Wyche’s greatest achievement as a head coach was leading the Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, which they lost to the 49ers 20–16, relinquishing the lead with only 34 seconds remaining.

Wyche’s 64 wins with the Bengals were the most by a coach in franchise history until October 30, 2011, when he was surpassed by Marvin Lewis. For four years (’92-’95) he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he loaded the roster with talent that successors Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden honed into a Super Bowl winning unit.

Wyche also played for the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, and St. Louis Cardinals. He also coached at the University of South Carolina and Indiana University, and for the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Buffalo Bills.

Sam Wyche's career in professional football began in  1966.

Sam was considered one of the most innovative coaches in the NFL as well as a master of motivational techniques. Sam’s inspiration was the key to one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history when the Cincinnati Bengals went from 4-11 in 1987 to the Super Bowl the next year.

Wyche was head coach of the Bengals for eight years followed by four years as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wyche was hired by the Buccaneers as head coach in 1992. As head coach of the Buccaneers, he drafted Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, and John Lynch. He was dismissed at the conclusion of the 1995 season. Several players who help build the successful Bucs’ teams under Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, were drafted when Wyche was coach.

Sam is an accomplished speaker and magician. But the most enduring part of his legacy is his famous quote, a quote this website is built on.

On December 10, 1989, during a game versus the Seattle Seahawks, Bengals fans in protest of what they perceived to be a bad call by the officials, began to throw snowballs onto the field at the referees and the Seahawks, who were at their own 4-yard line and an easy target from the bleachers. Seattle refused to continue until they stopped, and play was halted by the officials. In order to stop the onslaught, Wyche was given a house microphone to try to calm the crowd, asking fans to please point out anyone throwing anything to stadium security and chided the fans who were doing the throwing, and alluded to the reputation of their in-state rivals

Will the next person that sees ANYBODY throw anything onto this field, point ’em out…and get ’em out of here – you don’t live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!

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