The Bengals decided not to hire Rod Woodson to their coaching staff, even though the Hall of Fame defender seemed interested in becoming the team's defensive backs coach.
Cincinnati announced that it hired Mark Carrier as its defensive backs coach and promoted Paul Guenther to linebackers coach. Carrier replaces Kevin Coyle, who became the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator, and Guenther takes over for Jeff FitzGerald, who wasn't retained.
I endorsed the addition of Woodson to the coaching staff because he was one of the first players to make a seamless transition from cornerback to safety and would provide a unique perspective on how to play both positions. But Carrier is a former player as well (a three-time Pro Bowl safety) and provides more coaching experience, which likely gave him the nod. Woodson's only coaching job was last year when he was the defensive backs coach for the Oakland Raiders.
Carrier spent four seasons as the Ravens' defensive backs coach (2006-09) before coaching the New York Jets' defensive line for the past two years. He made the switch because he thought it would improve his chances of becoming a defensive coordinator one day.
"Mark is a great choice for us as he moves back to his old position, coaching the defensive secondary," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "He experienced success as a coach with two fine NFL defenses, and he will do very well with our group."