Bengals Hire Marion Hobby to be Their Defensive Line Coach

Hobby was the Dolphins' defensive line coach last season

CINCINNATI — The Bengals' coaching staff is coming together. They hired Marion Hobby to be their defensive line coach on Saturday.

The 54-year-old spent the last two seasons (2019-20) as the Dolphins' defensive line coach. Miami ranked sixth in the NFL in points allowed this season. They were tied for 10th in sacks (41) and first in third-down efficiency (31.2 percent; 58 conversions on 186 attempts). 

“We are excited for Marion to join the Bengals,” head coach Zac Taylor said in a statement. “He brings great experience and is a perfect fit with our staff and defensive line room. We look forward to welcoming him and his family to Cincinnati.”

Hobby spent two seasons as the Jaguars' defensive line coach (2017-18) before joining Brian Flores' staff in Miami. 

Jacksonville finished with 55 sacks in 2017, which is the third-most in the league over the last seven seasons. The Jaguars reached the AFC Championship game that season. 

Hobby also spent time with the Saints (2006-07) and had multiple stops at the collegiate level. He coached at Clemson (2005, ’11-16), Duke (’08-10), Mississippi (1999-2004), Tennessee (’98), Louisiana-Lafayette (’96-97) and Tennessee-Martin (’95). 

Hobby was an All-SEC defensive end at Tennessee. He was selected by the Vikings in the third-round (74th overall) in the 1990 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL for three seasons.

The Bengals interviewed multiple coaches, including former Pro Bowler Andre Carter. Hobby's experience set him apart from the other candidates.

The Bengals have only officially hired one other assistant—offensive line coach Frank Pollack. 

They're going to promote Troy Walters to wide receivers coach, but they haven't announced the move.

Cincinnati still needs to replace running backs coach Jemal Singleton. His contract ran out and he accepted the same position at the University of Kentucky. 

Hobby replaces Nick Eason, who coached the Bengals' defensive line for two seasons.


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