It may seem strange to include Brown on this list. The team made a rare Super Bowl appearance and the future is bright with Joe Burrow at quarterback. But this doesn’t hide the reality that Brown made mistakes throughout his reign. He infamously lied about firing Sam Wyche and claimed that the coach resigned.
If this didn’t endear him to the fanbase nor did the lack of investment in the team. Brown’s tight-fisted nature became the source of many Bengals fans’ frustration. They wanted to compete in the AFC but it felt like they were making up the numbers. Finally, they became so bad that they drafted good young players. Maybe Brown was a genius after all (via NPR).