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Bengals Announce Running Backs Coach Jim Anderson Is Retiring

Jim Anderson, the team's running backs coach in Cincinnati for 29 years, is retiring, the team announced on Tuesday.

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The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Tuesday that running backs coach Jim Anderson is retiring, ending a 29-year run coaching Cincinnati's running backs.

"It has been a great run with the Bengals, and I’m happy to have ended it with two straight playoff teams and three in the last four years,” Anderson said. “The memories will last forever, and I’m proud and grateful to have had the opportunity. It’s a new challenge for me to move on, because I love coaching, but it’s time."

Anderson coached five Pro Bowl players during his tenure, which surpassed Kim Wood in 2012 as the longest running assistant coach in franchise history.

"Jim’s track record is that he gets the most out of every back he coaches,” said Bengals president Mike Brown. “He has worked with all types of runners and with all personalities, and because of who he is and how he works himself, he has made all of them want to work with him. More than a few were also with other teams, but by and large they had their best years with Jim.

“In a broader perspective,” Brown continued, “I want to say that Jim has been nothing but a credit to the Bengals in every way since 1984. We are proud to have worked so long with Jim, and I know I speak for our entire organization when I say we greatly value knowing Jim, his wife Marcia and their family."