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Monday, February 13, 2012
DL coach Carrier hired by Bengals

By Rich Cimini

In a not-so-surprising move, former Jets defensive-line coach Mark Carrier was hired by the Bengals Monday to serve as their secondary coach.

Essentially, Carrier knew he was being replaced a couple of weeks ago, when reports surfaced that the Jets had hired former Vikings DL coach Karl Dunbar.

The Jets have yet to confirm Dunbar's hiring, but they're expected to announce their finalized coaching staff Monday or Tuesday.

Carrier spent two seasons with the Jets. It was an odd fit because Carrier, a former safety, was previously a secondary coach, never having coached the D-line. Rex Ryan entrusted two rookies last season to Carrier, DE Muhammad Wilkerson and NT Kenrick Ellis. Wilkerson started every game and was solid, not spectacular. Ellis disappointed.