According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, the Bengals have hired Mark Carrieras the teams’ new defensive backs coach to replace Kevin Coyle, the new defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. Mark has spent the last two seasons as the defensive line coach for the Jets. Before that, he served for three seasons as defensive backs coach in Baltimore. He’s a strong disciple of Jets head coach Rex Ryan, and has coached defensive backs that were part of a defense that never ranked lower than sixth in the NFL and generated the second most interceptions in the NFL during that four-year stretch. In his second season as the Jets head coach in 2010, Ryan hired Carrier to be the Jets’ defensive line coach. Head coach Marvin Lewis said this of the hire:
Mark is a great choice for us as he moves back to his old position, coaching the defensive secondary. He experienced success as a coach with two fine NFL defenses, and he will do very well with our group.
Paul Guenther was also promoted to take over the linebackers job after spending past season helping coach the safeties and assisting Coyle. He also spent time helping special teams coach Darrin Simmons. This certainly looks to be two quality hires for the Bengals, and now their staff is set and they can now focus heavily on free agency and the NFL Draft.