Bengals hire defensive coordinator to replace Guenther

FILE - In this Thursday, June 2, 2016, file photo, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin speaks to the media after an NFL football practice in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - On the same day the Oakland Raiders made it official that former Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther has joined Jon Gruden's staff, Marvin Lewis filled that vacancy.

Teryl Austin is the team's new defensive coordinator.

“I am excited to add Teryl to our coaching staff as defensive coordinator,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “He is a bright and aggressive coach with a wealth of experience. I look forward to working alongside him to take full advantage of our talented defensive personnel.”

Austin, who interviewed for the Lions head coaching vacancy on Tuesday, was defensive coordinator in Detroit since 2014 when Jim Caldwell was hired as head coach. Caldwell was fired last week.

“It’s an honor to join the Bengals organization,” said the 52-year-old Austin. “I look forward to leading an aggressive group of young men and helping them and the team achieve our goals.”

Austin's first unit in 2014 ranked No. 2 in the NFL in yards allowed and No. 3 in points. In 2015 and 2016 the Lions ranked 18th in yards allowed and then fell to 27th in 2017. The Lions ranked 23rd in points allowed in 2015, improved to 13th in 2016 and fell back to 21st in 2017.

Prior to becoming Detroit's defensive coordinator, Austin was defensive backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 2011-13. He also served as defensive backs coach for Seattle Seahawks (2003-2006) and Arizona Cardinals (2007-2009). He was secondary coach for the University of Florida and 2010 under Urban Meyer and was an assistant at Michigan, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Penn State from 1991-2002.

The Bengals on Tuesday signed Bob Bicknell as wide receivers coach to replace the departed James Urban.

Some information courtesy Cincinnati Bengals

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