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Paul Alexander
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
Experience:
20

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Paul Alexander is in his 19th straight season as Bengals offensive line coach, and he is also the team’s assistant head coach, having added that designation in 2003, when Marvin Lewis took over as head coach. He has 20 seasons overall with Cincinnati, having opened his tenure with one season as tight ends coach.
Paul Alexander is in his 19th straight season as Bengals offensive line coach, and he is also the team’s assistant head coach, having added that designation in 2003, when Marvin Lewis took over as head coach. He has 20 seasons overall with Cincinnati, having opened his tenure with one season as tight ends coach.

Alexander’s line weathered injury problems at center and left guard in 2012. Projected No. 1 LG Travelle Wharton was lost for the season to a knee injury in the first preseason game, and No. 1 C Kyle Cook suffered a serious ankle injury in the third preseason contest. But Alexander had a replacement groomed for the LG spot in second-year pro Clint Boling, who started every game. And at center, the veteran coach worked to quickly develop undrafted rookie Trevor Robinson into a promising performance before Cook was able to return for the last four games and the Wild Card playoff contest.

Elsewhere on the line, the situation was more stable. LT Andrew Whitworth earned his first Pro Bowl berth and remained one of the team’s top leaders. RT Andre Smith, held back early in his career by injuries, started every game for the first time and began earning leaguewide notice for the abilities that made him a first-round draft pick in 2009. And at RG, rookie Kevin Zeitler started every game after being drafted in the first round.

The Bengals were in the NFL’s top 10 in fewest sacks allowed in both 2011 and 2010, and twice with Alexander’s lines, the Bengals have set new franchise records for fewest sacks allowed. Cincinnati posted a new best in the division championship season of 2005 with 21 sacks allowed, and that mark was bettered in 2007, with only 17 sacks by opposing defenses.

Also in 2012, an Alexander line supported a 1000-yard individual rushing season for the 13th time, as RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis posted a career-best 1094 yards in his first season with Cincinnati. Other Bengals backs to post 1000-yard years behind an Alexander line have been Corey Dillon (six times), Rudi Johnson (three times) and Cedric Benson (three times).

On Oct. 22, 2000, Alexander’s line shared the glory of a 278-yard rushing game by RB Corey Dillon vs. Denver. It was an NFL record at the time, and it still stands fourth in league annals entering the 2013 season. Cincinnati's 407 total rushing yards in that game ranks as the fifth-highest single-game total in NFL history, and as the most rushing yards in 61 years. The last team to top it was the N.Y. Giants, who gained 423 against Baltimore in 1950.

Alexander began his NFL coaching career in 1992 as tight ends coach of the N.Y. Jets, under head coach Bruce Coslet. In the college ranks, he coached under Joe Paterno at Penn State and Bo Schembechler at Michigan.

Alexander’s birth date is Feb. 12, 1960. He’s a native of Rochester, N.Y., where he attended Cardinal Mooney High School. He played football and was an Academic All-American at Cortland State (N.Y.), and he holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Penn State. In 2012, he was inducted into the Cortland State Athletic Hall of Fame. Off the field, he is actively involved with the Boy Scouts and high school linemen camps.

Alexander is also a pianist, and in 2011 he authored a well-received book — “Perform” — linking the mentality and training techniques of top athletes and musicians.

He and his wife, Kathy, have three daughters — Mary Beth, Carolyn and Emily.

PLAYING AND COACHING HISTORY - 1979-81: Played offensive tackle at Cortland State. 1982-84: Graduate assistant, Penn State. 1985-86: Graduate assistant, Michigan. 1987-91: Assistant coach (AC), Central Michigan. 1992-93: AC, New York Jets. 1994-2002: AC, Bengals. 2003-present: Assistant head coach/offensive line coach, Bengals.

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