Bengals bring back Frank Pollack as OL coach and run game coordinator

080318_BENGALS_722, Cincinnati Bengals training camp, Aug. 3
080318_BENGALS_722, Cincinnati Bengals training camp, Aug. 3 /

The Bengals brought back a familiar face on Saturday when they hired former offensive line coach Frank Pollack in the same position and added the responsibility of run game coordinator.

After two seasons of being the offensive line coach for the New York Jets, the Bengals brought back Frank Pollack for the same position plus run game coordinator. Pollack was the Bengals offensive line coach in 2018. Cincinnati finished eighth in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt in 2018 with Pollack as OL coach.

The Cincinnati offensive line finished a respectable 14th in the NFL in 2018 allowing 2.3 sacks per game during Pollack’s previous tenure. Pollack has been an OL coach in the NFL since 2005 with the Texans, Raiders, Cowboys, Bengals and Jets. Pollack began his NFL coaching career as an assistant OL coach.

After coaching the offensive line at his alma mater Northern Arizona, Pollack was the assistant OL coach with the Texans from 2007-11. Pollack became the Raiders OL coach in 2012 before returning to Dallas to become the Cowboys assistant OL coach in the 2013 and ’14 seasons before being promoted in 2015.

Pollack remained the Cowboys OL coach through 2017 before his first stint in Cincinnati in 2018. The Jets had more success this season in pass blocking than it did for the run. New York was 24th allowing 2.7 sacks per game, 30th averaging 3.89 yards per carry. The Jets did finish 10th in the NFL in stuffed rate.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon supported the return of Pollack with a tweet that said “Ahhhh!!!! Let’s go!!!! It’s A Great Day To Be A Bengal!!! #WhoDey.” Mixon had the best year of his NFL career with Pollack as the Bengals OL coach in 2018. Mixon set career highs nearly across the board in 2018.

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The Oklahoma alum ran for 1,168 yards, eight TDs, averaged 4.9 yards per carry and had 43 receptions for 296 yards, which were all career standards, with one receiving TD. Mixon missed the final 11 games of 2020 with a foot injury after two straight 1,000 yard seasons. Mixon still led the Bengals with 428 rushing yards in 2020.