David Lippincott in 2015 is in his fifth season with the Bengals in a full staff coaching position. For the fourth straight year he will serve as Assistant Linebackers/Quality Control coach. He has been a part of the rise of LB Vontaze Burfict from undrafted rookie in early 2012 to team tackling leader for ’12 and ’13, with a Pro Bowl selection for Burfict for the ’13 season.
Last season did not afford much chance for Lippincott or LBs coach Matt Burke to employ Burfict, as the standout player missed most of the year due to injuries. But the coaches had fourth-year pro Vincent Rey ready to turn in an excellent season as Burfict’s replacement. Rey, also originally an undrafted free agent, led the team in tackles (121).
Also at LB last season, Lippincott helped third-year player Emmanuel Lamur move smoothly into a starting position vacated by the departure of veteran James Harrison. Lamur finished third in tackles (90) and added two interceptions among a passes-defensed total (seven) that led the front seven. Lamur is yet another standout developed by the staff from status as an undrafted player. He developed rapidly as a rookie in 2012 and was expected to contend for a starting job in ’13, before a preseason injury shelved him for the year.
The LB coaches also had to deal in 2014 with a four-game injury absence for MLB Rey Maualuga, and the unit missed his physical presence. But with Maualuga back for the final seven games, the Bengals yielded only 82.0 rushing yards per contest over that span, second-best in the NFL.
This is Lippincott’s eighth season with the Bengals. From 2008-10, he was in a support role as a coaching assistant.
The Bengals have reached the playoffs in all four of Lippincott’s previous seasons as a full staff member. 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.
OT, Andrew Whitworth, talks to the media in the locker room about how the team can improve after their Thursday night win over the Miami Dolphins.