INDIANAPOLIS -- Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is considering a familiar face to replace longtime defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle, who left to become the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator.
Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson is a potential candidate to join the Bengals' coaching staff, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Lewis' connection with Woodson spans eight years from their time in Pittsburgh (where Lewis was the linebackers coach and Woodson was a cornerback) and in Baltimore (where Lewis was the defensive coordinator and lured Woodson to play corner and safety). Woodson was also a coaching intern with the Bengals in the 2010 training camp.
The addition of Woodson would be a good one even though he has limited coaching experience. His only coaching job was last year when he was the defensive backs coach for the Oakland Raiders. He wasn't retained after head coach Hue Jackson was fired. As AFC West blogger Bill Williamson pointed out, there was a report that Jackson had fired Woodson along with three other coaches before he was let go, but the Raiders later denied it.
Woodson was one of the first players to make a seamless transition from cornerback to safety. He was a seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback and a four-time Pro Bowl safety. Playing these multiple positions, especially at a high level, gives him a unique perspective on how to play them.
Lewis said there is no timetable on filling the position.
“It’s just a matter of getting the right fit for our staff along with working with [defensive coordinator] Mike Zimmer and the rest of the coaches and they feel good about it,” Lewis said. “That’s why we’re taking the time and doing due diligence.”