Dave Lapham, former offensive lineman for the Bengals and current Bengals Radio Network analyst, went on 700 WLW to talk about the current vacancy in the Bengals’ offensive line room.
Jim Turner will soon be officially fired as offensive line coach, and the Bengals need to find someone to replace him. Lapham suggested that a name close to the Bengals could defect from another AFC North team.
“A guy that I would look at if I were the Cincinnati Bengals, Brian’s (Callahan) dad Bill (Callahan) is the best offensive line coach in the National Football League. And he was unable to coach—he had to coach from home [on Sunday] for the Cleveland Browns because of COVID-19. His assistant Scott Peters did as well,” Lapham said. ”Scott Peters is the expert in martial arts, hand fighting, those kind of things. Scott Peters is a young rising star I think. I might investigate because obviously, Brian and Bill (Callahan), they will be able to basically tell each other everything there is to know about Scott Peters and more. Brian can get all the intel you need and want and I think Scott Peters should be a guy they contemplate.”
Callahan is given most of the credit for turning around the Browns’ offensive line, which had several rookies involved, and helping establish a top-tier rushing offense.
Peters only has one year of coaching experience, but he was an eight-year veteran at interior offensive line.
Lapham also mentioned Frank Pollack, who coached the Bengals’ offensive line in 2018. He was not retained after Marvin Lewis was fired and Zac Taylor brought in Turner. Pollack is currently with the Jets, but may be a casualty of the changing of the guard in New York after head coach Adam Gase was fired.
One of Taylor’s first hires was Ben Martin, who has been an offensive assistant working with Turner. Some have pegged him for the job since he will return for next season, though Lapham doesn’t think he has much of a chance.
Whoever it is will have a huge input this offseason, as the Bengals desperately need to address the line in free agency and the draft.