The Bengals have changed quite a bit the offseason as far as assistant coaches go, and even though the Bengals didn’t lose the one coach a lot of people wanted them to lose, the team did move on from some frustrating members of their staff this offseason.
The biggest name to move on was Paul Guenther, the Bengals defensive coordinator of the past four seasons. Guenther moved on to join Jon Gruden in Oakland at the same position. Guenther did a very good job taking over a unit that was a strength under Mike Zimmer.
This past season, however, they struggled with getting off the field on third down. The team also gave up several late leads throughout the season. Guenther doesn’t deserve all the blame for these, but the defense could benefit from a different approach.
Another big name departure was Paul Alexander. He had been the Bengals offensive line coach since before Marvin Lewis even took over the team. He also became the team’s assistant head coach.
Alexander once coached one of the most talented offensive lines in the NFL, but he had recently banged the table in support of players like Russell Bodine, and he also failed to get Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher to play up to their potential. The offensive line has been regressing for a few years now, and that is really what did in Alexander.
James Urban also left the Bengals after his contract expired this offseason. He had been the Bengals receiver coach for seven seasons, but he joined the Ravens’ staff as a quarterbacks coach this offseason.
Urban was responsible for Marvin Jones Jr., Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green. However, he has struggled to bring Tyler Boyd, Josh Malone and John Ross along the same way.
So which coach are you most glad the Bengals parted ways with?
Who is your favorite coaching subtraction?
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Paul Guenther (defensive coordinator)
Paul Alexander (offensive line coach)
James Urban (receivers coach)