Coy Bacon had a very brief yet impactful career in Cincinnati, playing just two of his 14 seasons with the Bengals. The Cadiz, Kentucky native was a college free agent out of Jackson St. who signed with Dallas in 1967 and was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1968 at the age of 26 – and backed up the “Fearsome Foursome.” By 1972 the 6-foot, 4-inch, 270-pound defensive lineman was a Pro Bowler. In 1973 he was traded to San Diego, where he spent three seasons before Paul Brown shipped 28-year-old wide receiver Charlie Joiner to acquire Bacon.
In 1976, Bacon’s first with the Bengals, the club began recording sacks as an official team stat, and Bacon notched 22 – which is still a franchise record (The NFL did not recognize the state until 1982). The Bengals list Bacon as having 5.5 sacks in 1977.
“Coy was an excellent pass rusher,” said Bengals defensive lineman Ken Johnson, Bacon’s former teammate. He had a couple moves that he used to use on offensive tackles that they couldn’t handle. It was sort of like deception. He would make them think he was going one way and then he would go inside or go outside. That was the key.”
Bacon made the Pro Bowl in both of his seasons in Cincinnati, and he was then traded to Washington prior to the 1978 campaign for a first-round pick in 1979. That pick turned out to be running back Charles Alexander, who was a key player in the Bengals’ first Super Bowl team.
Bacon’s two-year total of 27.5 sacks is still good for 12th in
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