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Bengals add three assistant coaches

Sports Xchange - Saturday 13th January, 2018

The Cincinnati Bengals added three assistant coaches Friday, naming Alex Van Pelt as quarterbacks coach, Daronte Jones as cornerbacks coach and Matt Raich as defensive assistant.

"We are fortunate to have the coaching staff nearly complete," head coach Marvin Lewis said in a release by the Bengals. "These hires round out our defensive staff and provide another key offensive addition as we overhaul the offense."

Van Pelt is joining the Bengals after serving in two capacities with the Green Bay Packers. He was the team's quarterbacks coach since 2014 before getting fired on Jan. 3. The 47-year-old also was Green Bay's running backs coach in 2012 and 2013. Season.

Van Pelt, who played for Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Buffalo, also was the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2010-11 and spent four seasons as an offensive assistant for Buffalo.

Jones spent the last two seasons as the defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins in his first NFL job after coaching at Wisconsin (2015), Hawaii (2012-14) and UCLA (2010).

Raich was previously with the Detroit Lions where he was the assistant defensive line coach the last two seasons. He also was a defensive assistant/defensive ends coach in 2015 and a defensive quality control coach in 2014.

Raich also spent six seasons on the coaching staff of the Arizona Cardinals and five with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a defensive assistant (2007-2008) and linebackers coach (2009-2012) with Arizona after working with the Steelers as an offensive assistant and player personnel intern.

Additionally, the Bengals announced they re-signed eight assistant coaches.

On offense, Kyle Caskey is returning as running backs coach, Robert Couch is returning as offensive quality control coach while Dan Pitcher is coming back as assistant quarterbacks coach.

On defensive, Jacob Burney was retained as defensive line coach, Jim Haslett is returning as linebackers coach, Marcus Lewis is coming back as a defensive quality control coach and Robert Livingston is returning as the safeties coach.

Also, Darrin Simmons is returning as the team's special teams coordinator.

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