Four potential candidates to be the Bengals’ new offensive line coach
OL coach replacements for the Bengals: Harry Hiestand
Another potential candidate for the Bengals is Harry Hiestand. For some older Cincinnati fans, Hiestand may be a recognizable name, as he was the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for the Bearcats from 1989 to 1993.
Since his time in Cincinnati, Hiestand has had quite a bit of success as an offensive line coach. After years of coaching at the collegiate level, he finally made the leap to the NFL when he was hired by the Chicago Bears in 2005. Hiestand was with the Bears when they went to the Super Bowl in 2006.
After a few years with the Bears, Hiestand went back to college football, coaching for two big programs in Tennessee and Notre Dame from 2010 to 2017. During that time, he helped develop college offensive linemen into big-time draft prospects who continue to succeed in the NFL to this day. Among those players were Zack Martin, Quenton Nelson, Ronnie Stanley, and Mike McGlinchey.
Eventually, Hiestand came back to the NFL for his second stint with the Bears. In his first year back, his offensive line gave up the eighth-fewest sacks in the NFL. However, the line struggled in his second year and he was fired at the end of the 2019 season.
Hiestand did not coach in 2020 but may be ready to make a return in 2021. Despite being fired from his last job, Hiestand’s overall body of work is impressive and could lead the Bengals and Zac Taylor to reach out to him.