Bengals hire Lou Anarumo as defensive coordinator

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The Bengals have a defensive coordinator. Finally.

Lou Anarumo will be the Bengals’ defensive coordinator, according to multiple reports, ending a long search that didn’t begin in earnest until new head coach Zac Taylor finished coaching the Rams in the Super Bowl.

Anarumo spent last season as the defensive backs coach of the Giants. He and Taylor spent four years together on the Dolphins’ staff from 2012 to 2015.

The Bengals struggled to find the right person for the job and were reportedly turned down by multiple candidates, but Taylor now has the most important assistant on his staff.

34 responses to “Bengals hire Lou Anarumo as defensive coordinator

  1. Taylor is going to make Marvin Lewis look like a great coach. At least Lewis could build a decent staff.

  2. It had to happen, eventually. Just like the last pick in round 7 has to happen, eventually. The last pick in round 7 is referred to as Mr Irrelevant. Is there a similar term for the last coordinator to be hired?

  3. Marvin built a decent staff after 6-7 seasons on the job while Taylor couldn`t start looking to fill his until 95% of the coaches already had jobs so i`ll wait a little bit before making the apples to oranges comparison. LOL

  4. Taylor is going to make Marvin Lewis look like a great coach. At least Lewis could build a decent staff.
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    By bring Hue Jackson back?

  5. I’m not sure we’ll ever know the whole story, but you don’t get a HC job without telling the team who you plan to bring along for assistant jobs. I’m guessing that due to the stupid rule that teams can’t make hires official until after the SB if the coach is on a SB team, whoever Taylor picked as a DC took another job in the meantime. After that it was one rejection after the other.

  6. “At least Lewis could build a decent staff”

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    Tell us all you know about Anarumo and tell us why you feel he is not a “decent” choice as defensive coordinator?

  7. freefromwhatyouare says:
    February 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    “At least Lewis could build a decent staff”

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    Tell us all you know about Anarumo and tell us why you feel he is not a “decent” choice as defensive coordinator?
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    I’ll take this one. He may be a very good coach but he was probably the head coach’s 10th or 11th choice to be the defensive coordinator. If the head coach didn’t have that high of an opinion on him, why should anyone else?

  8. billzbubb says:
    February 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Taylor is going to make Marvin Lewis look like a great coach. At least Lewis could build a decent staff.

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    Lol Marv’s first staff was Bratkowski as offensive coordinator and Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator. Bratkowski was awful and Frazier was no more experienced than Anarumo. Fwiw, Marvin took away Frazier’s duties in year 2 and fired him after that season.

  9. “At least Lewis could build a decent staff”
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    Lewis started out with Leslie Frazer as his DC (OK, not great) and Bob Bratkowski (ugh) as his OC. Not exactly an all-star coaching roster. Lets see how these guys call a game before we start trashing the hire

  10. Won’t know until he coaches, but have to figure that D improves as it couldn’t be much worse than 2018 (they also need some serious personnel upgrades). Dennis Allen may have been the one person who “turned them down.” No one was offered the job (to my knowledge, so no one turned them down technically, I think Allen turned down the interview and said he’d stay in NOLA). Multiple people were not allowed to interview with them by their teams (which always endears the position coach to their existing teams, LOL). So not clear how many people they interviewed or who stopped at the door before even being called in to talk.

  11. How do guys like this around the league get such a raise. The giants secondary let alone whole defense sucked last year. If anything this guy should have been fired not promoted by another team

  12. Leslie Frazier lasted two years under Lewis (and Lewis took over play calling in year 2 because D was so bad). Next up was Chuck Bresnahan, who didn’t last long, either. They were most fortunate to catch lightning in a bottle with Mike Zimmer and biggest mistake franchise made was not hiring him to HC a few years ago.

  13. Coaches are part of the puzzle but if a defense sucks it’s generally because the players suck. Phil Jackson was a genius because Jordan, Shaq, and Bryant played for him. Belicheck wasn’t a football god in Cleveland. He got ral smart when Brady started quarterbacking for him. Remember, Belicheck had Brady on the bench until Bledsoe got hurt.

  14. What an utter disaster. Taylor has zero business being a head coach and he had weeks to come up with a staff, didn’t, then it took another couple of week’s to land a DC.

  15. Keep Marvin Lewis. That from a Bills and Colts fan. Get out of my tragedy, man.

    ML’s OC last year was Bill Lazor. Currently unemployed Bill Lazor. Prior to that, the OC was Ken Zampese. Currently unemployed Ken Zampese. For what it’s worth, Zampese’s tenure as Bengals OC lasted 2 games and featured 0 (zero) touchdowns.

    ML’s DC last year was Teryl Austin. Currently unemployed Teryl Austin. Austin was fired after week 11 last year after featuring a historically bad defensive unit.

    Remind me again about Lewis putting together a decent staff. Yes, he once featured a staff with Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden. He failed to win even one playoff game in 3 trips with those two. Colts and Bills fans.

  16. The Giants secondary was pretty lousy last year but it was also undermanned, our linebackers were below average, and we had almost no pass rush for the majority of the season. With that said, no defensive coach for last years Giants deserved getting a promotion this year.

  17. rutchaser says:
    February 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm
    This cannot be worse than Marvin’s 16 years because he NEVER won a playoff game.

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    As a Buffalo Bills fan, trust me it can absolutely get worse! lol

    Try 17 years without a single playoff appearance.

  18. Brian Flores, the new Dolphins HC, also has two coordinators who are new to their positions. Flores had the advantage of taking 4 assistants from the Patriots with him. So why is everyone slamming Taylor and not Flores? Taylor got a very late start and did well under the circumstances.

  19. JPOH33 says:
    February 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    Brian Flores, the new Dolphins HC, also has two coordinators who are new to their positions. Flores had the advantage of taking 4 assistants from the Patriots with him. So why is everyone slamming Taylor and not Flores? Taylor got a very late start and did well under the circumstances.
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    Because outside of southern Florida, no one cares enough about the Dolphins to have a positive or negative take

  20. i’m an Eagles fan. I saw what the Giants d did the last couple of years. Did you see their record? Mainly because the defense was not up to the usual Giants standard. (also Eli’s old). Really good wishes to the Bengals – fans deserve a winning team.

  21. Anarumo will run a 3-4 defense…not based on scheme, but because he was the Bengals’ 34th choice for the job.

  22. I’ve never heard this man’s name mentioned ever before, not even on a Giants telecast when discussing the defensive coaching staff. Doesn’t mean he can’t coach – we’ll soon find out, but it is pretty clear he wasn’t on any list of top candidates assembled by anyone, anywhere.

  23. I’m not a fan of either team but I used to love to watch Cincinnati play Pittsburgh. Good luck there in Cincinnati, get this thing turned around, I’m looking forward to more great football from you guys.

  24. I see a lot of folks commenting that clearly do not follow what’s been going on. There was not lines of coaches turning down the job. The job was offered to Grantham. Florida gave him a raise to stay. And, understandably, he was concerned with LB’s and aging linemen. Taylor wanted Dennis Allen. The Saints ponied up to keep him there. Del Rio was not offered a job and apparently he didn’t want the others that interviewed because that’s all they were. Interviews… Taylor has hired nearly his entire staff inside two weeks. I think that’s pretty quick work of it. And like someone said earlier, let’s let the dust settle and see what happens. The team and Mike Brown knows it needed the C4 explosion. WhoDey!

  25. I simply don’t get all the negative comments. I still giggle with happiness knowing that Marvin has been removed and if you told me Mickey Mouse was the head coach and he just hired Donald Duck as his DC, I’d be excited to see what he can do.

  26. To everyone who’s bashing the new coaching hires/arguing that the Bengals should have kept Marvin…basically what you are saying is that the Bengals should continue on the path of mediocrity with the best hope of being one and one in the playoffs? You’re ok with being mediocre?
    If Marvin couldn’t take them to the next playoff level after 16 years, what makes you think he’ll crack the magic formula on 2-3 year extensions.

    No risk, no reward.

  27. Everyone is wigging out over things that haven’t happened and an outcome they can’t possibly know. I guarantee the majority of people complaining about the new coaching staff also complained about the old staff. It’s like eating the same thing for 17 years and begging for something new. Only when they tell you what’s on the new menu you complain about it before even tasting it. The Bengals may not win right away. Some of the coaches now may not be coaches in a year or two. But for crying out loud can we just wait and see what happens before pronouncing them dead? Give it a year or two. If they are still lousy and have no signs of improvement then start making noise.

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