Bengals interviewing Jon Kitna for coaching job

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The Bengals are bringing in a veteran quarterback, but not as competition for Andy Dalton.

According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the Bengals have interviewed former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna for a job on the offensive staff.

They have an opening at quarterbacks coach after Bill Lazor was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Kitna’s 45, which isn’t startling until you realize he was head coach Marvin Lewis’ first starting quarterback when he took the job in 2003. He served as a bridge to No. 1 overall pick Carson Palmer, who took over the job a year later, as Kitna stayed on as a backup.

His last work as a player was in 2013, when the Cowboys brought him back from retirement as an emergency backup. His last job was at Waxahachie (Texas) High School.

The Bengals have made a number of changes on staff after Lewis got an extension for a 16th and 17th season, and there are more coming as well. Secondary coach Kevin Coyle is not expected to return, under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

23 responses to “Bengals interviewing Jon Kitna for coaching job

  1. Still cannot believe marvelous Marv is returning again. Really don’t know that I can stay interested. I watched fewer games this year than ever and I used to watch every Sunday.

  2. There is a name you don’t hear often anymore who was a competent QB. Hope the Bengals hire him.

  3. Aside from actually extending Lewis, most of the Bengals moves have been encouraging. Kitna makes a lot of sense. As a player, he was pretty unremarkable, but he mentored a lot of young QBs.

  4. Always admired this dude. Was never seen as the most talented, but he was reliable, smart, and always seemed to do what his team needed. Wish him the best.

  5. As a Lions fan, I watched Kitna as a starter. He was OK, the classic game manager.

    He always came off well, and no one ever had anything bad to say about him. I always figured he would end up a coach.

  6. As a Lions fan my best memory of him was while he was on IR. He was calling his son’s football games as an announcer. His son played WR with my cousin on a local pee-wee team.

    Maybe he was more of a byproduct of Martz’s offense which still worked at the time. But he did have a nasty habit of throwing a ball in the dirt then throwing his arms up at the WR like it was his fault. Good memories.

  7. In 2003, Kitna helped the Bengals rebound from 2-14 to 8-8, earning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. That offseason, Marvin Lewis named Carson Palmer the starter with no competition, and Kitna was the consummate professional. Great guy.

  8. Kitna is one of those guys that would get his foot in the door, be as mediocre as a coach as he was as a player, but linger FOREVER because Mike Brown thinks he’s a good guy is comfortable with his presence. Please, no.

  9. Guy played with heart. Current team lacks heart. Good play on team’s part.

    And for those who are still whining about Marvin coming back, build a bridge and get over it. Jeez!

  10. Kitna has that kind of 8-8 heart Mike Brown loves. Yep, an INT and fumble prone journeyman QB with no coaching experience is just who I’d want tutoring my highest paid investments in a division where your team is perennially hammered by the Steelers. THIS is why they fail.

  11. Good ol’ Stubby McButterfingers.

    ‘INT & fumble prone’ due to Kitna had the smallest hands of any NFL quarterback I’ve ever seen. Supposedly his successor Palmer had the measurably largest QB hands in the league at the time …

  12. John Kitna. Andy Dalton. Two peas in a pod. They will probably end up best friends, big brother little brother. Mediocre at best.

  13. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    January 9, 2018 at 10:03 am
    Can’t hurt to have God on your side (google Jon Kitna religion).

    Ask Tua Tagovailoa

    Ridiculous. Tom Brady isn’t very religious and he’s arguably the best QB of all time. Tebow is the poster boy for religious fundamentalism and he was a bust.

  14. Kitna was a tough, high quality player and a terrific teammate. Courage was never an issue for Kitna. I hope they give him a chance.

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