Tuesday, the team announced that it has hired former Houston Texans defensive backs coach Vance Joseph to the same position:
We have named Vance Joseph as position coach for DBs. Joseph, who spent last 3 seasons as DB coach for Texans, will team with Mark Carrier.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 21, 2014
#Bengals name Vance Joseph as defensive backs coach. There are going to be two DBs coaches. Was with Texans last three years— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) January 21, 2014
It looks as though the Bengals will now have co-defensive backs coaches, which is probably a good idea given the team's biggest weakness being at that postilion.
Pro Bowl cornerback Leon Hall is coming off his second torn Achilles tendon, and it's unclear if he'll be back for the start of the 2014 NFL regular season.
Starting cornerback Terence Newman will turn 36 before the start of the next season, and with one year left on his contract, the Bengals may look to slowly phase him out with a younger player.
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and safety George Iloka will both likely be starters next year entering their third NFL seasons, and there's a good chance the Bengals will draft a defensive back early in the 2014 NFL draft.
With potentially a secondary full of youth next year, having a pair of quality coaches in Carrier and Joseph is a great idea for this team.
According to the Texans' official website, Joseph has been with the Texans for three years now, and in his first two seasons leading the secondary, Houston ranked third in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (207.7) and held opponents to an NFL-low 52.5 completion percentage.
This move came as a bit of a surprise, but it was a great move by a team hoping to make it back to the playoffs next year and finally win a game in the postseason.