David Lippincott in 2016 is in his sixth season with the Bengals in a full-staff coaching position. He’s in his ninth year with the team, after serving three seasons as a coaching assistant. The team has reached the playoffs in each of his five prior seasons as a full staff member.
In his role as Assistant Linebackers/Quality Control coach, Lippincott has helped develop one of the NFL’s top defenses. The defense’s contribution to last season’s 12-4 record was highlighted by a No. 2 NFL ranking in fewest points allowed (17.4 per game), the highest rank in franchise history. The Bengals led the AFC and allowed only two more total points than first-place Arizona.
The 2015 Bengals also ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing defense, with a 92.3 per-game yield that was lowest in franchise history, topping the 93.7 figure of 1983. The linebackers room claimed the top three spots on the team last season in tackles, with Vincent Rey at 95, Rey Maualuga at 75 and Vontaze Burfict at 74. Burfict’s performance was particularly encouraging, as he returned in full form from a knee injury that limited him to five games in 2014 and caused him to miss the first six games in 2015. Once back in place, Burfict performed at or near his Pro Bowl level of 2013. He led the team in tackles-per-game-played (7.4), he had two INTs, and his five total passes defensed tied Rey for the frontseven lead. In 2014, the defense ranked in the top 10 in nine of the 15 major statistical categories widely monitored by NFL coaching staffs.
Among those top 10 rankings were a tied-for-third-place finish in INTs (20) and a third place in lowest aggregate passer rating by opponents (75.8). In 2013, as the Bengals finished 11-5 to win the AFC North Division, the defense ranked first in the AFC and third in the NFL in fewest yards allowed (305.5). The Bengals ranked tied for fifth in the NFL in fewest points allowed (19.1). In 2012, the Bengals ranked sixth in net defense and eighth in scoring defense. As a Bengals coaching assistant from 2008-10, Lippincott’s duties included advance scouting and coaching wide receivers, as well as game preparation.
His ’09 work contributed to the Bengals’ second AFC North Division title during the tenure of head coach Marvin Lewis. Prior to joining the Bengals, Lippincott coached in college for three seasons at Bluffton University (2000-02), two seasons at Minnesota (’03-04) and three seasons at Richmond (’05-07). He worked with all three defensive position groups — line, linebackers and defensive backs — over the course of his college seasons.
During his two seasons at Minnesota, when he worked as a graduate assistant on defense, the Gophers posted wins in the Sun and Music City bowls. At Richmond, where he was assistant defensive line coach, the team won an Atlantic 10 title in 2005 and a Colonial Athletic Association crown in ’07. The ’05 team was a quarterfinalist in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, and the ’07 team was a semifinalist in the (re-named) FCS division. Lippincott is married (wife Lisa), with a daughter. He is a Cincinnati native — a graduate of Moeller High School and the University of Dayton.
Coaching history: 2000-02—Assistant coach (AC), Bluffton. 2003- 04—Graduate assistant, University of Minnesota. 2005-07—AC, Richmond. 2008-10—Coaching assistant, Cincinnati Bengals. 2011-present—AC, Bengals.