The Cincinnati Bengals will have a dramatically different coaching staff in place when the 2014 NFL season opens. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is now the head coach of the Washington Redskins, while defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is the Minnesota Vikings head man now.
The Bengals have also lost assistant defensive backs coach with Adam Zimmer headed to Minnesota as well. And with Paul Guenther being tabbed to replace Zimmer as DC, the team needs a new linebackers coach. Instead of hiring two new assistants to feel those roles, perhaps there’s a man who could serve as both a LB coach and the assistant DB coach.
That man is former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, who has an extensive background coaching mostly LBs, but has also had stints as a DBs coach.
The reason I bring up the “dual-role” scenario for Schwartz is because it’s unlikely he comes here just to be singular position coach. Giving him the chance to also work with the DBs gives him a chance to showcase himself and get a DC job elsewhere, and hopefully another shot at being an NFL HC.
Because he was fired with two years left on his deal, the Lions owe Schwartz $12 million still, so he’d be fine with sitting at home with his family while collecting a paycheck.
This could all be a moot point if he’s offered a DC job elsewhere, but there’s a belief that Schwartz has waited this long to see if he could join the Bengals and his good friend, Marvin Lewis in some capacity.