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Approval Poll: Bengals hire Justin Hill as RB coach

Did the Bengals make a good hire?

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The Bengals are bringing in Justin Hill as the new running backs coach, and the coaching staff for the 2021 season is set.

On Friday, the Bengals announced that Hill is filling the vacancy left when Jemal Singleton went to take the same job for Kentucky.

Hill has been coaching since 2011. After his playing career was over, he started out as a graduate assistant at Iowa State. He went on to be the associate director of athletic performance for Baylor University’s football team from 2012-2014. After that, he was the running backs coach at Tulsa, and held that job until the Bengals hired him.

While at Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane rushed for over 200 yards per game three times from 2016-2018.

Hill is certainly not a big name like Marion Hobby or Frank Pollack, but could turn out to be a solid hire. He has experience coaching running backs, as he has kept his job for six years. Granted, his entire playing and coaching experience has been at college, so he making his NFL debut this season.

It is also interesting that like Hobby and Pollack, Zac Taylor has never worked with Hill before. When the Bengals first hired Taylor, he only wanted to hire people that he had worked with. But that resulted in some duds on the coaching staff, so the Bengals have gone outside of Taylor’s circle for some of their most recent hires.

Do you approve of Hill as the Bengals’ new running backs coach? Was there someone else they should have targeted? Would you have preferred someone with NFL experience?

Poll

Do you approve of Justin Hill as the Bengals RB coach?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Yes
    (440 votes)
  • 22%
    No, there were other candidates I like better
    (191 votes)
  • 25%
    No, Hill is inexperienced and unproven
    (219 votes)
850 votes total Vote Now