Lou Anarumo set to interview for Bengals’ DC job
The Cincinnati Bengals’ seemingly never-ending search for a defensive coordinator will continue when they interview New York Giants defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo on Thursday, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
What’s more, it appears that Anarumo may be the frontrunner for the job. Not that that’s saying much, as the Bengals have had a rough time tracking down someone who is willing to take the position.
New Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor is familiar with Anarumo, as the two of them worked together on the Miami Dolphins’ coaching staff back in 2015 when they both served as interim coordinators.
Anarumo earned his first NFL coaching job with the Dolphins back in 2012 when he took the job as defensive backs coach. He held that post all the way through 2017, briefly serving as the team’s interim defensive coordinator in 2015.
He then moved on to the Giants this past season.
The Bengals have also interviewed Jack Del Rio, Dom Capers, Dennis Allen, and Todd Grantham for their open defensive coordinator position, but none of them worked out for one reason or another.
Cincinnati is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which they won just six games, resulting in the firing of long-time head coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis had been at the helm for the Bengals since 2003, making him the longest-tenured coach in the NFL during his time with the team.
The Bengals have missed the playoffs three years in a row after making it for five consecutive seasons between 2011 and 2015.