CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday hired as
linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald, who's had that role at Baltimore
the last three seasons.
FitzGerald follows former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator
Mike Zimmer to the Bengals as coach Marvin Lewis works on a defense
that has struggled while the Bengals missed the playoffs the last
Four Ravens linebackers - Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Terrell Suggs
and Adalius Thomas - were named to the 2006 Pro Bowl and the Ravens
have been among the top NFL teams on defense. Last season, the
Ravens defense ranked second against the run (79.3 yards per game)
and sixth in overall defense (301.6 yards per game).
The Bengals, who fired defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan and
linebackers coach Ricky Hunley after a 7-9 season, were 27th in
yards allowed and gave up 385 points.
FitzGerald, native of Burbank, Calif., played linebacker at
Oregon State and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant
at the University of Cincinnati. The 15-year NFL coach also has
coached for Tampa Bay, Washington and Arizona.
He joined the Ravens in 2004 as outside linebackers coach and
moved up to linebackers coach in 2005.
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