The Cincinnati Bengals have found their next offensive line coach.
Former Cowboys offensive line coach Frank Pollack will be Cincinnati’s new coach of the big uglies.
Pollack has been held in high regard in NFL circles after helping the Dallas Cowboys develop one of the NFL’s best offensive lines in recent years. However, Dallas is making wholesale changes on their coaching staff, and Pollack was among those not retained.
Pollack helped with the development of offensive tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and offensive guard Zack Martin turning that group into one the NFL’s best offensive lines year after year.
Pollack has worked with the Cowboys along the offensive line since 2013. He was an assistant offensive line coach from 2013-14, then became the primary coach from 2015-17.
The 50-year-old Pollack was previously the Oakland Raiders’ offensive line coach in 2012. That followed a stint as the Houston Texans’ assistant offensive line coach from 2007-11.
Pollack was previously an offensive tackle and guard for seven seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos in the 90s. Pollack began his coaching career at his alma mater Northern Arizona (2005-06).
The Bengals have been in the market for a new offensive line coach after parting ways with Paul Alexander this offseason. Ironically, Alexander has interviewed with the Cowboys for their vacancy, so it’s possible we see these teams effectively swap offensive line coaches.
This is as close to a homerun hire as the Bengals could have made for this vacancy given who was available. Pollack was easily one of, if not the best offensive line coach available, and the Bengals did very well to get him almost as soon as he hit the market.