The Bengals have a new candidate for their defensive coordinator.
According to Mike Jones of USA Today Sports, Cincinnati wants to interview Rams secondary coach Aubrey Pleasant:
The Bengals have requested permission to interview Rams DBs coach Aubrey Pleasant for their defensive coordinator position, league source says. Zac Taylor eyeing former coworkers as he figures out his staff.— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) February 7, 2019
This would actually go against what Taylor said about not wanting to hire coaches away from the Rams. Then again, he also said he wanted to hire coaches of character who would be great leaders of men, then did the complete opposite by hiring Jim Turner.
Alas, Pleasant initially spent four years with Washington as an offensive assistant coach/coaching intern, a defensive quality control coach, and he’s now a cornerbacks coach in Los Angeles.
Pleasant was also someone that Sean McVay brought along with him to Los Angeles from Washington, so it’s a possible that the Rams won’t allow this to happen.
The only other defensive coordinator candidate that seems to have a legitimate chance of landing in Cincinnati is Dom Capers, so it’s good to see they’re at least considering other options.