Former safety for the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals to be the team's defensive backs coach after Kevin Coyle was stolen away by the Miami Dolphins. This is not the first time he's been the secondary coach for an NFL team, but it is the first time that he's worked with the likes of Leon Hall and the other Cincinnati Bengals players that make up the team's defensive backfield.
That's why Hall, the team's top cornerback, and Carrier have gotten to know each other over the past few weeks, and so far Hall likes what he has heard.
"We had a good conversation," Hall said. "We talked about football and got to know each other a little bit more. I don't know much about him other than what I read. He seems like a good guy and we will get along."
According to Reedy, the current cornerback and the former safety have not yet met face-to-face. Hall has been progressing nicely from his Achilles rupture against the Steelers that sidelined him for the second half of the 2011 season, but the two may get a chance to meet before April 16, when the offseason program officially begins.
Hall is used to working with Coyle, which is no surprise because Coyle was with the Bengals for 11 seasons, but Hall also knows that there are benefits to being coached by a former player.
"It will be different. You have the player aspect (Carrier was a former player) but I think no matter who would have come in here it would have been different because (Kevin) Coyle had been here for what seemed like forever. It will be a change but it will be a good change."