Bengals Hire Marion Hobby As Defensive Line Coach

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The Bengals today named Marion Hobby as the team's defensive line coach. Hobby, 54, brings with him 26 years of coaching experience, including six years in the NFL.

Hobby spent the last two seasons (2019-20) as defensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins. In 2020, Hobby's defensive line helped Miami's defense rank sixth in the NFL in points allowed (21.1 points per game), tied for 10th in sacks (41) and first in third-down efficiency (31.2 percent; 58 conversions on 186 attempts). Prior to his time in Miami, Hobby spent two seasons (2017-18) as defensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 2017 Jaguars totaled 55 sacks, third-most in the NFL over the last seven seasons, and helped power the team to a berth in the AFC Championship game.

"We are excited for Marion to join the Bengals," said head coach Zac Taylor. "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's previous NFL experience came as defensive ends coach with the New Orleans Saints from 2006-07. His 20 seasons of college coaching experience includes time with Clemson (2005, '11-16), Duke ('08-10), Mississippi (1999-2004), Tennessee ('98), Louisiana-Lafayette ('96-97) and Tennessee-Martin ('95). As a player, Hobby was an All-SEC defensive end at Tennessee before being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 1990 draft. He played three NFL seasons with the Vikings and Patriots.

Hobby replaces Nick Eason, who served as Bengals defensive line coach from 2019-20.