The Cincinnati Bengals might not be getting some expected bad news.
Plenty of folks have speculated that Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo could receive a head coaching job this offseason.
But that might not be the case according to reporting from ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Wednesday.
Graziano pointed out that Anarumo has received 0 head coaching interview requests so far.
I’ve mentioned before in this space that I’m surprised teams don’t want to interview Leslie Frazier, given his prior head-coaching experience and the success he has had as Bills defensive coordinator. But I’m equally surprised by the lack of interest in Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, who has been a star of the past two postseasons and has shown a real knack for developing and implementing opponent-specific game plans that his players buy into week after week. Anarumo got one head-coach interview last year with the Giants, but so far this cycle no one has even asked the Bengals for permission to talk to him. Weird.
I don’t know what Anarumo wants for his career. Maybe he’s happy just being a defensive coordinator. We know he had the head coaching interview with the Giants last year, but he hasn’t had an interview since.
Either way, if he doesn’t get a head coaching gig, and it looks like that will be the case, it’s great news for the Bengals. Anarumo has one of the most creative defensive minds in the sport. While the Cincinnati offense gets all the attention, it’s the defense’s ability to adapt from week to week that gives this Bengals team an edge.
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