The Cincinnati Bengals named former New York Jets assistant Mark Carrier as their new defensive backs coach. Carrier replaces the departed Kevin Coyle who took the job of defensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins.
Carrier brings an impressive pedigree as both a player and coach. He was the sixth overall pick of the Chicago Bears in the 1990 NFL draft and won Rookie of the Year honors. He went to three Pro Bowls as safety for the Bears, Lions and Redskins.
Carrier has been with Rex Ryan since becoming the Baltimore Ravens secondary coach in 2006. He followed Ryan to the New York Jets in 2010 and worked with the defensive line.
Carrier's hire comes despite speculation the Bengals were considering former Steelers great and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson for the position.
Paul Guenther, who worked with Coyle and the defensive backs as well as the special teams, was named linebackers coach.
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