UPDATE: Bengals have re-signed Burney to a two-year deal. Just fastforward to the Bicknell part.
ORIGINAL: The Cincinnati Bengals are looking for a new defensive line coach and are interviewing the experienced Bob Bicknell for the team’s vacancy at wide receiver, according to the Sporting News Alex Marvez.
Marvez tweets that defensive line coach Jacob Burney, who joined the Bengals in 2016 (when most of the defensive coaches were replaced), won’t return in 2017; it’s unclear if that decision was Burney’s but it’s safe to say that his contract, like most assistants from the 2017 staff, had likely expired.
With names like Geno Atkins, 29 quarterback sacks over the last three seasons, and Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati’s defensive line vacancy is rather desirable. With Paul Guenther leaving for Oakland, any defensive signings may hold off until a new defensive coordinator is found.
As for Bicknell, Cincinnati has been conducting a search for a new wide receivers coach after James Urban accepted a coaching vacancy in Baltimore, reuniting with John Harbaugh and Marty Mornhinweg. Bicknell coached Baylor’s wide receivers in 2017, and has also coached wide receivers for the 49ers, Eagles, and Bills.
Before that, he coached tight ends for the Bills and Chiefs, and was also an offensive line coach for the Chiefs, Temple University, and various NFL Europe squads.
The only confirmed coaches on Cincinnati’s 2018 roster are head coach Marvin Lewis, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons, running backs coach Kyle Caskey, and tight ends coach Jon Hayes.
Cincinnati reportedly interviewed Teryl Austin for their vacant defensive coordinator position; the Bengals will not confirm this until the vacancy is filled.