Report: Teryl Austin to become Bengals’ defensive coordinator

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The Raiders wanted Teryl Austin as their defensive backs coach, offering him the assistant head coach title as incentive. But Austin apparently wanted to remain a defensive coordinator more.

Austin has accepted the Bengals’ offer to become their defensive coordinator, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Austin has served as the Lions’ defensive coordinator the past four seasons. He interviewed for the head coaching position, vacated with the team’s firing of Jim Caldwell, but the Lions are expected to make an external hire.

Detroit’s defenses under Austin weren’t not as good after his first season, ranking second, 18th, 18th and 27th in yards allowed from 2014-17.

The Bengals are replacing Paul Guenther, who joined Jon Gruden in Oakland.

9 responses to “Report: Teryl Austin to become Bengals’ defensive coordinator

  1. It’s a lateral move to a team that’s a downgrade, so I can only assume he’s playing the long game to fill Lewis’s chair as HC in a year or two.

  2. Good Coach …..needs talented Defensive Lineman to make his defense go….no shock he could not reproduce 2014 without Suh, Fairly & a healthy Ziggy Ansah …..needs his toys upfront.

  3. Seems to be a great guy well respected by his players but not impressed with the results on the field . The Lions defense always seemed very slow to adjust to whatever the offense was doing and plenty of times there was no adjustment at all . Austin is content to sit back and wait for QBs to eventually make a mistake which might explain why the Lions couldn’t beat any decent teams since they had better QB play. More then a few QBs had the highest completion % of their careers against Austin’s bend then eventually break style of defense .

  4. Hopefully this guy won’t be afraid to play rookies and younger players over the aging vets. William Jackson and Carl Lawson are studs and need to have their playing time increased.

  5. He’s really good at putting only 9 or 10 players on the field, instead of the customary 11.

  6. dispozblcopy says:
    January 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    It’s a lateral move to a team that’s a downgrade, so I can only assume he’s playing the long game to fill Lewis’s chair as HC in a year or two.
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    Team that’s a downgrade? They beat them head to head when Cincy had nothing to play for and Detroit had everything. Kind of an odd comment.

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