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Report: Bengals Refused The Eagles Permission To Interview DB Coach For Defensive Coordinator Position

According to WCPO's Dennis Janson, Bengals president Mike Brown refused the Philadelphia Eagles permission to interview Bengals secondary coach, Kevin Coyle, for the vacant defensive coordinator position. We're pretty sure that Coyle and Carson Palmer might have a BBQ party at some point this offense.

Janson wrote:

Sources say that the Eagles identified and asked to interview a man with an extensive defensive background including years as a coordinator at Fresno State, Maryland and Syracuse. With 10 season's of NFL experience as an assistant.

But because he is under contract, the owner of that coach's current team wouldn’t grant the Eagles permission to contact him about the vacancy.

That owner I'm told, is Bengals President Mike Brown. Sources indicate the assistant in question is defensive backs Coach Kevin Coyle.

Brown isn't obligated by the NFL to allow any coach to interview for a position, aside from head coaching candidacy, while that coach is still under contract. Mike Brown. Doing whatever he can to make the team and the people around him better since 1991. Coyle has been an assistant coach with the Bengals since 2001. He was a defensive coordinator with Florida State (1997-00), Maryland (1994-96), Syracuse (1991-93) and Holy Cross (1986-90).

Coyle's assistant, Louie Cioffi, is reportedly becoming the Arizona Cardinals' defensive backs coach after former Bengals cornerback Ray Horton took the job as the team's defensive coordinator.