This was originally published in The Athletic....
The team that can’t do anything right that just hired the coach who, well, has never really done anything, has entered the second half of February still needing a defensive coordinator.
These are grossly unfair broad strokes I’m painting with, of course. The Bengals, not long ago, made the playoffs five years in a row. Zac Taylor has not only stood on an NFL sideline wearing team-issued gear but he also didn’t become legal until after the ’90s were over, which in today’s pro football seems like it’s enough to at least earn someone a head coaching interview.
I’m right about the defensive coordinator part though. The Bengals’ search for someone, anyone to run their defense has dragged into the third weekend of February after a series of coaches came and left without taking – or getting – the job.
By the time you read this, the Bengals very well may have a defensive coordinator, which is great. I’ve become brainwashed after a lifetime of listening to football coaches and the people who cover them glorify the 23-hour-day/363 days per year demands that coaches must meet just to get by. That makes me think having a defensive coordinator in the weeks leading up to the scouting combine and the beginning of free agency would be a good thing.
But as I bang away at my keyboard, the Bengals have no D-Coordinator.
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