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The Jason McIntyre Show: Former Bengals Coach Sam Wyche Flashes Back to the 1988 Super Bowl Run

Sam WycheEntering the 1988 season, Sam Wyche was very much on the hot seat as the coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, going 4-11 the previous season, and missing the playoffs in each of the four years. Today, I talk with Coach Wyche about that 1988 season that captured a football nation, and a variety of other things, in what I hope will become a semi-regular feature where we bring you an interview with a former coach or player about a past season, game, or sporting event (and the offspring of the old Friday Flashbacks series that I used to write).

Among the things we talked about:

* The good use he has found for his Coach of the Year trophy;
* How he ruined a Steve Sabol story idea when the Bengals got off to the hot start in 1988;
* Which future famous college coach and ESPN personality was instrumental in him getting an opportunity in the NFL?
* His Bengals were involved in a controversial ending in a game featuring a famous short quarterback, dealing with simultaneous possession like Seattle-Green Bay last year;
* How the Bengals won on the road against Buddy Ryan’s Eagles defense while putting up over 430 yards of offense;
* We talk all things no huddle offense, including how Renaldo Nehemiah is tied to its origins, and how the AFC Championship game drama over running the no huddle came about, including a tip from an old teammate;
* I mention the Carolina Panthers as a team similar to Cincinnati before 1988 in scoring points, but losing close games, and having a big, strong-armed quarterback and we discuss the Panthers;
* He calls Boomer Esiason the best field general he ever coached;
* Ickey Woods and the Ickey Shuffle of course, along with James Brooks;
* We had to talk about these comments about Cleveland during a game against Seattle;

* He also relayed a humorous story about doing a dunk tank in Cleveland the next offseason, for charity, with Bernie Kosar throwing the first ball;
* We talked The Catch in San Francisco, where he was “Director of the Passing Game” and recounts the play call of Sprint Right Option;
* Wyche gives his thoughts on the spread of the pistol and read option last year in the NFL.

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