Despite your interest with Cincinnati's coordinators from NFL teams looking for a new head coach, the Bengals only made one addition to the coaching staff this year. Adam Zimmer was named the assistant secondary coach in early February, assisting defensive backs coach Mark Carrier. This increased the number of coaches on the Bengals staff to 18.
How big is Cincinnati's coaching staff? Only four teams have fewer coaches on their staff.
We know what you're thinking. Cheap Bengals, can't even invest in a decent coaching staff. Sometimes quality is a greater asset than quantity. The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots each have 17 coaches on their staff and the Steelers actually have the least amount with 15.
This according to an ESPN report by Field Bates.
There's no right or wrong answer as it relates to how many coaches is ideal for a staff, but some prefer to keep a smaller group in order to more easily manage the staff and divide responsibilities. The introduction of more assistants can, at least in some ways, make it more difficult to assign duties to each assistant. The counter to that is a larger staff allows for more opinions, ideas and brainstorming topics.
Considering that Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer, the team's offensive and defensive coordinators respectively, were drawing serious interest in vacant head coaching positions, you know that the Bengals are led by a good core, along with veteran coaches like Paul Alexander and the Hayes brothers.