Thursday, January 23, 2014
Bengals hire additional offensive assistant
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- Tuesday's hiring of co-defensive backs coach Vance Joseph concluded the Cincinnati Bengals' hiring of position coaches, but they made one other addition Thursday to round out the staff.
In an effort to fill new running backs coach Kyle Caskey's old post, the Bengals named Brian Braswell as an assistant offensive line and quality control coach. Much like how Caskey worked closely with Hue Jackson when Jackson was running backs coach this past season, Braswell will work closely with offensive line coach Paul Alexander and handle other game preparation duties.
Caskey was promoted two weeks ago to running backs coach after Jackson was named offensive coordinator in the wake of Jay Gruden's departure to Washington, where he will be a head coach for the first time.
Braswell has been coaching at Morehouse College in Atlanta since 2005. He spent the last six seasons serving as the school's offensive line coach and run game coordinator. He also coached on the field goal and extra point teams, and developed and installed strength programs for athletes at the Division II school.
He has done work in the NFL, having spent the spring and summer of 2010 with the Steelers. He spent part of 2013 working with the Bengals as part of the NFL's Bill Walsh Minority Internship coaching program.
"Brian is an energetic guy who finds ways to contribute, and we're happy to add him on for 2014," head coach Marvin Lewis said. "We were very impressed with the work he put in for us in the offseason and training camp last year."
Braswell, 35, is from College Park, Ga., just outside Atlanta. He played center and tackle in college at Hampton (Va.) University.