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.