Sam Hubbard isn’t the only alumni of Cincinnati’s Moeller High School on the Bengals anymore.
Head coach Zac Taylor has hired Moeller’s head coach Doug Rosfeld as the latest addition to his staff, per Joe Danneman. His role will be Taylor’s assistant.
Am told Doug Rosfeld's position with the #Bengals is assistant to the head coach. Feeling is he will be assisting Zac Taylor with administrative work.— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) February 11, 2019
For years under Marvin Lewis, Paul Alexander was the official assistant head coach. When Alexander was fired following the 2017 season, that position remained vacated. Hue Jackson was then named the special assistant to the head coach when he was brought back in the middle of last season.
On the surface, it appears as if Rosfeld is replacing Jackson on the coaching staff, but perhaps his role will not be the same, as Rosfeld may be assisting Taylor in more ways than just on Sundays.
Rosfeld graduated from Moeller in 1997. He used to coach their offensive line in his time as an assistant before becoming the director of player development for the University of Cincinnati in 2015. He met Taylor in 2016 when Taylor became the offensive coordinator for Cincinnati and have remained good friends since. Rosfeld then became Moeller’s head coach right after the 2017 season.
Zac Taylor was looking for a direct assistant to come with him from the Rams, but that didn't work out. Rosfeld serving as assistant to the head coach, first reported by @FOX19Joe, a direct administrative assistant as the #Bengals go forward. They were very close at UC.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) February 11, 2019
In his first year as head coach, Rosfeld was named the Greater Catholic League (GCL) South’s coach of the year, as Moeller went undefeated in league play in 2018.
This is a big leap for Rosfeld, no matter the ambiguity of his role. If he can help Taylor establish the kind of culture he envisions, this may not be his last stop in the NFL.