The Cincinnati Bengals will have at least one assistant coaching change this offseason. That’s because current linebackers coach Tem Lukabu is leaving after one season with the team to become defensive coordinator at Boston College, according to Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel.
Lukabu came to the Bengals in 2019 after spending one year with Mississippi State in the same position. He previously worked as the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive quality control coach from 2016-2017. Prior to that, he was the defensive line coach at Florida International in 2015 and the outside linebackers coach for his alma mater Colgate in 2014.
2012 was when Lukabu got his first NFL coaching gig as a defensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons. Before then, he was the outside linebackers coach for Rutgers from 2010-2011. This followed a two year stint with Rhode Island as their linebackers coach and his first coaching job as the director of player personnel for Rutgers.
Lukabu never played in the NFL, but was a three-year starter for Colgate as a linebacker.
While it’s hard to judge a coach after just one year, Lukabu’s linebackers did struggle mightily in 2019, as it was arguably the worst part of a Bengals team that went 2-14 for the league’s worst record. Perhaps this move will ultimately be good for both sides, depending on how his replacement ends up being.