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Cincinnati Bengals Name Vance Joseph Defensive Backs Coach


The Cincinnati Bengals have gotten a Joseph from the Houston Texans.

No, it’s not Pro Bowl cornerback and former Bengal Johnathan Joseph.The Bengals have named Vance Joseph as the team’s new defensive backs coach

Here’s the release from Bengals Public Relations:

“With the continued increased emphasis on the passing game in the NFL, it’s crucial for us to expand our coaching strength in this area,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “Vance has excellent experience and has coached a lot of good young players. We feel fortunate to have been able to sign him up for this important job.”

Last season, despite falling from the ranks of playoff teams, the Texans ranked third in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed and seventh overall on defense.

In 2012, the Texans led the NFL in lowest opponents’ completion percentage (53.0) and were 10th in lowest opponent passer rating (80.0).

In 2011, Joseph’s first season, the Texans rose from 32nd to third in fewest passing yards allowed while holding foes to a completion percentage of 51.9 and an aggregate passer rating of 69.0.

“I’m happy for this opportunity, to join a team that’s on the rise,” Joseph said, “and this team has a great group of players to work with. I consider myself a very positive coach in the way I work with players, and I put a lot of stress on great technique. I believe I can get those technique points across very well.”

Joseph, 41, spent six seasons (2005-10) on the San Francisco 49ers staff, the last five of those as defensive backs coach, before joining Houston. In his first two seasons at Houston, Joseph directed secondaries that played key roles for teams that won a pair of AFC South Division championships.

This is a great pickup for the Bengals, and with the departure of Mike Zimmer, who specialized in maximizing the production from his DBs, having two DBs coaches can hopefully help offset his loss.

 

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