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#pounditMonday, April 22, 2024

New Bengals coach saw ‘agendas’ at work in defensive coordinator search

Zac Taylor

The Cincinnati Bengals’ long-running search for a defensive coordinator finally came to an end this week when they announced the hiring of Lou Anarumo on Thursday. Their search has been ongoing since the end of the Super Bowl, with multiple candidates for the position being reported. They experienced some embarrassment when a college defensive coordinator decided to return to Florida rather than take their job.

Taylor spoke with the media on Thursday and said he “learned a lot about agendas” during the hiring process. This is largely due to the information leaks he saw.

Taylor also said it may have felt like the search went on for a while, but it really lasted a normal amount of time — just a few weeks.

The Bengals going through the process after other new coaches had already made their hires led to them receiving extra attention. That and the perception that they were turned down by multiple candidates also reflected poorly. Now that they have a coach, they will be judged based on their on-field performance next season. Cincinnati was No. 30 in points allowed and No. 32 in yards allowed last season, so Anarumo has a lot to work on.

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