Robert Livingston, a Bengals scout from 2012-14, is in his fourth season on the coaching staff in ’18.
Robert Livingston, a Bengals scout from 2012-14, is in his fourth season on the coaching staff in ’18. For the third straight season, he has the title of secondary coach, and this season has added a focus on the safeties.
Under Livingston’s guidance last season, the secondary aided a Bengals defense that ranked eighth in the NFL against the pass (211.2 yards per game) and sixth in fewest yards per play (5.0). Six different defensive backs recorded at least one INT, including two players — CBs William Jackson and Darqueze Dennard — with pick-sixes. The secondary also played a significant role in helping the Bengals rank sixth in the NFL in red-zone defense, allowing TDs on only 46.4 percent of trips inside the 20-yard line.
Livingston helped the secondary to a productive year in 2016 as well, as Cincinnati finished just one short of the NFL interceptions lead, with 17, and DBs had 13 of the team’s 17 picks. Bengals opponents managed an aggregate passer rating of just 83.1, fifth-lowest in the NFL, and Cincinnati yielded the league’s fourth-lowest average gain per completion, at 10.7 yards. The Bengals finished 2016 ranked eighth in the NFL in fewest points allowed (19.7).
In 2015, Livingston did on-field work with the defensive secondary, while working in defensive quality control and also as a special teams assistant. His defensive efforts helped the Bengals to a No. 2 NFL rank in fewest points allowed, at 17.4 per game. It was the highest NFL scoring-defense ranking in franchise history, and the Bengals ranked first in the AFC.
The 2015 Bengals ranked third in the NFL in INTs (21), and 17 of the picks were by defensive backs. Also, the Bengals ranked second in fewest TD passes allowed (18), and Cincinnati’s plus-three differential (21-18) between INTs and TD passes allowed tied eventual NFC champion Carolina for tops in the league. No other teams were in the plus column. Two Bengals DBs, S Reggie Nelson and CB Adam Jones, were selections for the 2015 season Pro Bowl.
With the special teams in ’15, Livingston helped kick coverage standout Cedric Peerman earn his first Pro Bowl berth. DE Carlos Dunlap was one of only two NFL players to block two FGs, and the Bengals ranked seventh in the NFL in punt coverage (6.3 yards per return) and 12th in kickoff coverage (20.6).
Livingston came to the Bengals from Vanderbilt University, where he served in 2011 as defensive quality control coach. He was on the Furman University football staff in 2010.
As a Bengals scout, Livingston covered the Southeast, primarily the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences, and he had a role in evaluating defensive backs from across the nation.
At Vanderbilt, Livingston coached two defensive backs who made the NFL (CB Casey Hayward and S Sean Richardson). At Furman, Livingston’s primary coaching duties were with safeties.
A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Livingston was a two-time Athlete of the Year at Hendersonville High School. He played free safety at the College of William & Mary from 2007-09, contributing to one of the top defensive units in the NCAA’s FCS ranks. He graduated from William & Mary with a degree in kinesiology.
Livingston and his wife, Tricia, have a son, Luke, and a daughter, Emma.