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Bengals' Lewis assembles staff

Posted: Tuesday January 21, 2003 5:56 PM

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Marvin Lewis put together his first NFL coaching staff Tuesday, hiring Leslie Frazier as the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator.

Frazier, Philadelphia's defensive backs coach since 1999, replaces Mark Duffner, whose Bengals unit ranked last in the league by allowing 28.5 points per game.

Lewis has filled 14 of his 15 assistant positions, and he expects to hire a tight ends coach later this week. He was hired by the Bengals to replace Dick LeBeau, fired after a 2-14 season, the worst in team history.

Lewis was the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins last season, and he brought some colleagues with him: linebackers coach Ricky Hunley, and strength and conditioning coach Chip Morton.

Lewis is keeping holdover Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, along with offensive line coach Paul Alexander (who gets the additional title of assistant head coach) and running backs coach Jim Anderson.

But he brought in a new quarterbacks coach: Ken Zampese, who was the passing game coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.

Lewis plans to start holding a minicamp before the NFL draft and hopes more Bengals players will remain in the city during the offseason for workouts.


 
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