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TDBH: McNally returns to NFL roots as consultant

Posted Feb 21, 2018

This Day in Bengals History - February 22, 2012


Long-time offensive line guru Jim McNally, who begins his storied NFL coaching career supervising the two Bengals’ Super Bowl lines, comes full circle today when he re-joins the team as a consultant. McNally, 68, adds the Bengals to his growing list of camps and clinics he conducts throughout the year. While continuing to live in Buffalo, McNally plans to stop in Cincinnati for a couple of days during the offseason, spring camp, and training camp while doing mostly film work. "It's a fresh set of eyes from afar that can look at our team and other teams and offer valuable insights," says offensive line coach Paul Alexander. "I'm excited about it. We're talking about the guy that taught me pro football."

McNally coaches his first 15 of 28 NFL seasons in Cincinnati from 1980-94 and reaches guru status with the development of Hall of Fame left tackle Anthony Muñoz in a run that includes two AFC championships behind what is considered one of the top offensive lines of all time. McNally, who moves on to Carolina, the Bills, and appears in another Super Bowl with the Giants, is part of Bengals head coach Sam Wyche’s creative genius that produces  seven straight top ten offenses from 1984-90 and includes two NFL rushing titles with a runner-up. He’s just coming off a consultant stint with a Jets line that also leads the NFL in rushing during his days in New York. "Once a Bengal, always a Bengal," McNally says. "It's the same thing with the University of Buffalo. I've got my daughters still in Cincinnati and those were great years for me and my family.”

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