Bengals Sign Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin

The Bengals signed Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator.

Austin comes to Cincinnati from the Detroit Lions, where he served as defensive coordinator since 2014.

"I am excited to add Teryl to our coaching staff as defensive coordinator," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "He is a bright and aggressive coach with a wealth of experience. I look forward to working alongside him to take full advantage of our talented defensive personnel."

"It's an honor to join the Bengals organization," said Austin. "I look forward to leading an aggressive group of young men and helping them and the team achieve our goals."

Prior to the Lions, Austin spent 10 seasons as a defensive backs coach in the NFL, including stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2003-06), Arizona Cardinals (2007-09) and the Ravens (2011-13). In each of those three stops, he helped his teams pave the way to Super Bowl appearances (Seattle in 2005, Arizona in 2008 and Baltimore in 2012). In 2012, he helped guide the Ravens to a win in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

Austin's college coaching career dates back to his days as a graduate assistant at Penn State from 1991-92. He has held positions as defensive backs coach at Michigan (1999-2002), Syracuse (1996-98) and Wake Forest (1993-95) and served as defensive coordinator at Florida in 2010.

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