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Robert Couch
Offensive Quality Control/Offensive Line

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Robert Couch is in his second Bengals season in 2017, as offensive quality control coach, with an emphasis on the offensive line. A former offensive lineman at Vanderbilt University and with several pro teams, Couch will again do on-field work focused on the O-line, as he works with assistant head/coach offensive line coach Paul Alexander.

      Robert Couch is in his second Bengals season in 2017, as offensive quality control coach, with an emphasis on the offensive line. A former offensive lineman at Vanderbilt University and with several pro teams, Couch will again do on-field work focused on the O-line, as he works with assistant head/coach offensive line coach Paul Alexander.

      Couch represents something of a new outlook in building an NFL coaching staff. Though he had not previously coached in the college or professional ranks before joining the Bengals, he has worked as an assistant coach with highly successful high school programs. And in addition to his experience as a player and coach, he has a business background with extensive technical and digital expertise. His work with Pro Football Focus, an analytical football grading web site, and his familiarity with many facets of game technology are an asset for the Bengals in the increasingly tech-driven world of coaching.

      Couch was a 41-game starter on the offensive line for Vanderbilt from
1992-95. He went on to sign contracts with the Atlanta Falcons in ’96 and
St. Louis Rams in ’97, seeing preseason action and spending time on practice squads. He also played in NFL Europe from 1997-98 with the Barcelona Dragons and London Monarchs. He played on Barcelona’s World Bowl championship team in 1997 with QB Jon Kitna, who went on to spend all or part of 16 seasons in the NFL, including five (2001-05) with the Bengals.

      Couch served continuously for 15 years (2001-15) as an assistant coach with major high school programs in Texas and Florida. He has been on staffs that reached four state championship games and twice were state champions. He has coached in Texas at Canyon Creek High School in Richardson, Prestonwood High School in Plano, St. Mark’s in Dallas and Faith Christian in Grapevine. He also has coached at Celebration (Fla.) High School . During his prep coaching career, his teams averaged fewer than two losses per season.

      Couch also worked with a number of retired NFL coaches to create the Procoach Network, a consulting service dedicated to bringing retired NFL coaches in to serve high school and college teams. The service seeks to provide clients with NFL experienced coaches, featuring expert analysis, consultations, and training.

      A native of Plainview Texas, Couch was born on Sept. 4, 1973. He is married (wife Jill), with three children (Mary, Rhett and Macy). He was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference Academic Team member at Vanderbilt, double-majoring in Pre-Med and Human Organization Development.

 

     Playing and coaching history: 1992-95—Played OL for Vanderbilt. 1996—Played in preseason for Atlanta Falcons and spent time on practice squad. 1997—Played in NFL Europe with Barcelona Dragons, and played in preseason with St. Louis Rams and spent time on practice squad. 1998—Played in NFL Europe with London Monarchs. 2001-15—Assistant coach (AC) in Texas and Florida high school ranks. 2016-present—AC, Bengals.


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