Cincinnati Bengals Grow Coaching Staff To Historic Levels With Latest Addition

The Cincinnati Bengals moved a step closer to having the biggest coaching staff in team history with the hiring of offensive assistant Jordan Salkin.

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals are hiring University of Oregon offensive analyst Jordan Salkin as an offensive assistant coach, per a report from ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

Change has rippled through the offensive staff of the Bengals ever since offensive coordinator Brian Callahan left to become the head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

Quarterbacks coach Dan Pitcher moved into Callahan’s coordinator role, while head coach Zac Taylor promoted assistant quarterbacks coach Brad Kragthorpe to Pitcher’s previous role. The team also hired Justin Rascati to fill the newly created position of passing game coordinator.

Cincinnati Bengals Hire Jordan Salkin as Offensive Assistant

Salkin’s role as analyst will be a lower-level one, but it could lead to the 2024 Bengals having the largest coaching staff in team history.

That has been a theme since Taylor arrived in 2019, as he increased the staff size from 19 in Marvin Lewis’ final year to 22.

There were 23 positions on the coaching staff in 2022 and 2023, and Salkin’s hiring gets the Bengals back to that number for 2024, with one position — assistant linebackers coach — remaining.

Jordan Kovacs left that role to be the safeties coach after Robert Livingston departed to become Deion Sanders’ defensive coordinator at Colorado. If the Bengals opt not to fill the assistant linebackers role, the staff will hold steady at 23 for the third year in a row.

Salkin, 31, got his start in coaching as a volunteer at James Madison, which is Rascati’s alma mater. Salkin, who played quarterback in high school, worked his way up to a paid assistant working with receivers and special teams.

When JMU offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer took the same job at Rutgers, he brought Salkin with him as an assistant quarterbacks coach.

When Mehringer joined Tom Herman’s staff at Texas, he again brought along Salkin. Salkin worked closely with Derek Warhime on the Longhorns staff. And when Warhime got the job as offensive coordinator at New Mexico in 2020, he hired Salkin as his quarterbacks coach.

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But Salkin was far from getting settled in. He jumped to the NFL to spend two seasons with the Miami Dolphins as an offensive quality control coach in 2021-22 before returning to college at Oregon to work with quarterback Bo Nix on Dan Lanning’s staff.

He lands in Cincinnati with a lot of connections and a growing resume to add yet another former quarterback to the mix on the coaching staff.

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