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Bengals hire Vance Joseph as defensive backs coach

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The Bengals have decided to split their defensive backs coach job in two.

The team announced Tuesday that they have hired Vance Joseph as a defensive backs coach. He’ll team with incumbent position coach Mark Carrier in 2014.

“With the continued increased emphasis on the passing game in the NFL, it’s crucial for us to expand our coaching strength in this area,” head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement from the team. “Vance has excellent experience and has coached a lot of good young players. We feel fortunate to have been able to sign him up for this important job.”

Joseph, who played cornerback for the Jets and Colts after playing quarterback in college, spent the last three years coaching defensive backs in Houston and held the same position with the 49ers from 2006-2010. The Texans won the AFC South in each of Joseph’s first two years on the team with the pass defense playing a big role in their success. Carrier is heading into his third year with the Bengals.

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15 Responses to “Bengals hire Vance Joseph as defensive backs coach”
  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 21, 2014 11:06 AM

    Might as well sign Marvin to a life-long contract.

  2. behike54 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:10 AM

    My God!, they’ve hired a Habsburg in Cincy.

    Whats next, the Kaiser in Kansas City?

  3. morganisgreat says: Jan 21, 2014 11:14 AM

    Stupid hire. The only reason the Texans were top 10 in pass defense last year is because the opponents just ran on them the whole second half when they couldn’t score to save their lives. Besides the broncos who ran it all up in the 4th quarter.

  4. bamabengal says: Jan 21, 2014 11:26 AM

    Thought I would get that in there before some stoolers troll chimed in, in typical fashion. Bengals have made the playoffs three years in a row and four out of the last five. The changing of the guard in the AFC north is complete.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 21, 2014 11:31 AM

    What cheap Bengals owner mike brown should have done is re-sign Johnathan Joseph in 2011 instead of letting him go to Houston (to shut the Bengals down twice).

    You’re giving Vance Joseph way too much credit for Houston’s secondary.

    Vance Joseph began coaching in Houston the same season as Houston signed Johnathan Joseph, drafted 1st round defensive back Kareem Jackson, and three other DBs in 2012 (not to mention signed Manning, Pollard, and Ed Reed).

  6. ravanator says: Jan 21, 2014 11:39 AM

    Ravens Nation takes time out of our busy day to laugh at the Bengals coaching staff. Hope they keep Marvin Lewis and the other coaches for 20 more years. 23 years and no playoff wins=pathetic franchise and fan base.


  7. stoptrippn says: Jan 21, 2014 12:06 PM

    Taylor Mays has a chance with this guy

  8. shelbysensation says: Jan 21, 2014 12:23 PM

    Two DB coaches?!?! That’s two more than I was expecting them to have.

    Who’s doing the hiring in Cincinnati, and what have they done with Mike Brown?

  9. bengalsbilly says: Jan 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    Every time I hear the name Vance, I think of Coy and Vance when they replaced Bo and Luke on the Dukes of Hazzard.

  10. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jan 21, 2014 1:08 PM

    Vance, please bring Johnathan with you.

    Bengals fans take a moment to laugh at trolls who think they dominate the conference from third place in their own division.

  11. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Jan 21, 2014 1:09 PM

    pathetic franchise and fanbase??? This dude sounds like Rich Sherman…….horrible bitter uneducated fans with pompous attitudes because their team won a couple of SB’s……Yup sounds just like Richard Sherman…..

  12. natijim235 says: Jan 21, 2014 1:28 PM

    more coaches is a good thing

  13. beelicker says: Jan 21, 2014 1:43 PM

    & since the Bengal way is coaches also do the bulk of the college scouting, that’s more ‘scouts’ too … woohoo!

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 21, 2014 4:14 PM

    First meeting with his d-backs:
    “Now men, just because we’ll see a ton of easy, lollipop picks in practice, don’t get complacent, we’ll face real QB’s on Sundays. Except for Ravens week, of course.”

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 21, 2014 4:58 PM

    First Interview with Marvin Lewis:
    “Mr. Lewis, I’d love to take this job, but every winter we vacation starting the first week of January. Not sure if that’d be a conflict to this job.”

    “Not a problem at all Vance.”

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