From the Bengals
The Bengals today signed Alex Van Pelt as quarterbacks coach, Daronte Jones as secondary (cornerbacks) coach and Matt Raich as defensive assistant.
“We are fortunate to have the coaching staff nearly complete,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “These hires round out our defensive staff and provide another key offensive addition as we overhaul the offense.”
* Van Pelt (pictured above) comes to Cincinnati from the Green Bay Packers, where he served as quarterbacks coach since 2014. He also coached wide receivers (2015) and running backs (’12-13) during his time at Green Bay.
“I have known Alex for almost 28 years,” said Lewis. “I am excited about the quality of teaching expertise he brings to the role and prior experiences from other teams. I look forward to him working closely with Andy Dalton to continue to raise his level of play.”
Prior to Green Bay, Van Pelt spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as quarterbacks coach (’10-11) and four seasons on the offensive coaching staff of the Buffalo Bills (’06-09). Van Pelt started his coaching career in NFL Europe as the Frankfurt Galaxy’s quarterbacks coach (2005).
* Jones joins the Bengals from the Miami Dolphins, where he was assistant defensive backs coach from 2016-17. His previous collegiate experience includes assistant coaching roles at Wisconsin (2015), Hawaii (’12-14), UCLA (2010), Bowie State (’05-09), Nicholls State (2002) and Lenoir-Rhyne (2001). He also coached defensive backs for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (2011) and served as defensive coordinator at two Louisiana high schools – Jeannerette High School (2004) and Franklin High School (2003).
* Raich comes to Cincinnati from the Detroit Lions, where he served as assistant defensive line coach (’16-17), defensive assistant/defensive ends (2015) and defensive quality control (2014). Raich’s NFL experience includes six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals as linebackers coach (’09-12) and defensive assistant (’07-08) and five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers as offensive assistant (’04-06) and player personnel intern (’02-03). Raich previously held assistant coaching positions at Duquesne (2013), Robert Morris (‘00-02; ‘96-98), Glenville State (1999) and Westminster (Pa.) College (‘93-94). He was also the defensive coordinator for the Hildesheim Invaders of the former German Federal League in 1999.
* Additionally, the Bengals today announced the re-signing of eight assistant coaches. They join offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who re-signed last week.
--Jacob Burney, Defensive Line
--Kyle Caskey, Running Backs
--Robert Couch, Offensive Quality Control/Assistant Offensive Line
--Jim Haslett, Linebackers
--Marcus Lewis, Defensive Quality Control
--Robert Livingston, Secondary (Safeties)
--Dan Pitcher, Offensive Assistant/Assistant Quarterbacks
--Darrin Simmons, Special Teams Coordinator
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