A former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback may be returning to the team in a new role.
According to Alex Marvez of The Sporting News, Jon Kitna is being interviewed for an open coaching position with the Bengals. The Bengals’ quarterbacks coach role is open, which is likely the position for which Kitna is interviewing.
Kitna joined the Bengals as the team’s quarterback in 2001 after stints with the Seattle Seahawks and NFL Europe’s Barcelona Dragons. He was named the starter immediately and in 2003 was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year. Kitna served as the team’s quarterback until Carson Palmer’s second season in the NFL, at which point the No. 1 overall draft pick took over in Cincinnati.
In five years with the Bengals, Kitna played 53 games with 46 starts, going 18-28 in the process. He threw for 10,707 yards, 59 touchdowns and 59 interceptions.
Kitna also took over for Palmer in the January 2006 Wild Card playoff game against the Steelers when Palmer went down with a knee injury. After leaving the Bengals following the 2005 season, Kitna went on to spend time with the Lions and Cowboys before retiring from the NFL in January 2012.
He does have coaching experience, be it in the high school ranks.
Marvez is frequently the recipient of breaking news straight from Marvin Lewis, so I’d take this report as being credible.