Bengals Hire Teryl Austin As New Defensive Coordinator


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Josina Anderson reports that Lions DC Teryl Austin is going to accept the Bengals’ offer to become their next defensive coordinator.

A report from earlier in the day mentioned that the Raiders are pushing to hire Austin as their assistant head coach/DBs coach (NFLTR). However, it appears as though Austin felt this was his best available opportunity in the end.

It’s been clear that Austin’s time in Detroit was coming to an end, even though he did interview for their head-coaching job last week. The Lions would not have allowed Austin to meet with the Bengals last Friday regarding their vacancy if they weren’t prepared to move on without him.

As for the Bengals, DC Paul Guenther is expected to be introduced as the Raiders new defensive coordinator under Jon Gruden.

Austin should be a decent addition to a Bengals’ coaching staff that is undergoing a good amount of restructuring this offseason.

Austin, 52, began his NFL coaching career with the Seahawks back in 2003 as their defensive backs coach. He had stints with the Cardinals and Ravens before the Lions hired him as their defensive coordinator back in 2014.


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