Thursday, January 23, 2003

Washington assistant candidate for Bengals

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

SAN DIEGO - Keith Gilbertson, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at the University of Washington, has emerged as a candidate to be the Bengals tight ends coach.

The position is the last one vacant on Marvin Lewis' staff. The link is Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, who worked with Gilbertson with the Seattle Seahawks from 1996-98. Gilbertson was tight ends coach for the Seahawks in 1997-98, when Bratkowski was offensive coordinator.

Former Bengals tight end Rodney Holman, who was the team's assistant strength and conditioning coach the past two seasons, was interviewed to be tight ends coach but is apparently out of the running.

Gilbertson, former head coach for four seasons at the University of California, has been at Washington for four seasons - the past three as offensive coordinator. He was offensive coordinator for the Huskies when they won the national championship in 1991.

Gilbertson is a 1971 graduate of Central Washington, the same school that produced Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna.

Lewis announced the rest of his coaching staff Tuesday. Bratkowski was re-hired as offensive coordinator, and former Eagles defensive backs coach Leslie Frazier was hired as defensive coordinator. Offensive line coach Paul Alexander was retained and given the added title of assistant head coach.

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