Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Coaching staff heavy on defense



By Mark Curnutte
Enquirer staff writer

GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Leslie Frazier, who has the title for Cincinnati, is one of three coaches who have experience as NFL defensive coordinators on the Bengals' staff.

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Coach Marvin Lewis was a Super Bowl-winning coordinator in Baltimore, and in the offseason he hired former Oakland defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan as an assistant.

Frazier feels the heat to lead the Bengals' defense to a better, more consistent performance than the one that left it ranked 28th of 32 teams in both points and yards allowed.

"You just have to know your role and the position you're in," Frazier said. "I work with a defensive head coach who was an outstanding coordinator. I knew that when I took the job. It's going to benefit me in the long run, working for a guy like Marvin."

Lewis is more involved in the defense this year than last, Frazier said.

Bresnahan's vocal style on the practice field contrasts with Frazier's laid-back, studious approach.

"That should be an asset for us, too, because of his experience with the Raiders and coaching in the AFC," Frazier said of Bresnahan. "If you don't handle it in the right way, it can create some problems.

"I want us to win. I've been a part of some great defenses in Chicago (as a player) and Philadelphia (as defensive backs coach), and I want us to get to that point here. If it takes more eyes, let's do it, whatever it takes."

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