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Bengals promote Robert Livingston to the coaching staff

The Cincinnati Bengals named Robert Livingston as the team's Defensive Quality Control/Special Teams Assistant. He had previously worked as the team's Southeast Scout since 2012.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have announced that Robert Livingston, the team's Southeast Scout since '12, has moved to the team's coaching staff under the title of Defensive Quality Control/Special Teams Assistant. Livingston, who joined the team's scouting department after serving as the defensive quality control coach at Vanderbilt University, replaced Bill Tobin as the SE scout -- Bill Tobin is the father of Duke tobin, the team's Director of Player Personnel. Livingston was also previously on the Furman University football staff in '10 and played a three-year career ('07-'09) as a free safety at William & Mary.

Cincinnati has always applied a less-is-more approach with their scouting department, which also includes Steven Radicevic (West Coast scout), Bill Tobin (now the Midwest scout), Greg Seamon (the East Coast scout) and Duke Tobin, who oversees most of the scouts and focuses on Texas, as well as various parts throughout the country. John Cooper remains with the franchise as a scouting consultant.

"We are streamlined and we don't have people falling all over each other going across the country," Duke Tobin said last year. "We are streamlined for a reason. We've got three guys who have been drafting players in this league for 40 years each (Mike Brown, Pete Brown, Bill Tobin). You know what, when you get an opinion from a guy who has been doing it 40 years do you need three other opinions? Probably not. You probably need one more or two."

Cincinnati's coaching staff also act as scouts (like most organizations today) during the offseason. "I really like the way Mike Brown has it set up here," defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. "His father always believed a coach should have an influence on who you are taking. I have been to other places where you rank your guys you are not even going to draft them on draft day and don't have any say. We all work really well together, the scouts and the coaches, it's a good way to do it."

However, coaches can scout players during the weekend. Geoff Hobson wrote a story about Bill Walsh's scouting trip to Augustana college to review a little unknown quarterback named Ken Anderson:

So 1970 isn’t all that far back. There is still that strain in every sport and every organization between coaches and scouts about who knows best. Walsh got his three looks, but only one coach and that’s probably because of the schedule. After scouting Anderson, Walsh had to get to Cleveland for the next day’s game against the Browns.

But maybe 1970 is that long ago. It is virtually unheard of today for one of the offensive coaches taking a scouting trip the day before a game and not spending the day preparing for it.

As for Livingston, his role will generically be in video breakdowns and game plan preparation, and he also will assume on-field duties.