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Jim Anderson
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Jim Anderson is in his 29th year as Bengals running backs coach, setting a franchise record for most total seasons in any full coaching staff role. In 2012 he breaks a tie with former strength and conditioning coach Kim Wood, who coached 28 seasons (1975-2002).

Jim Anderson is in his 29th year as Bengals running backs coach, setting a franchise record for most total seasons in any full coaching staff role. In 2012 he breaks a tie with former strength and conditioning coach Kim Wood, who coached 28 seasons (1975-2002).

Anderson has coached a long line of Bengals running backs to outstanding performances, with five earning spots in the Pro Bowl. And over the past four seasons, he guided a notable comeback for Cedric Benson, a high first-round draft pick who had struggled to break through in three seasons with Chicago.

Benson led the Bengals in yards from scrimmage in all four of his seasons, and in each of his three full seasons (2009-11), he topped the 1000-yard rushing mark (average of 1143 yards).

Among current NFL position coaches, Anderson has the most years with his team. He joined the Bengals in 1984, after 13 seasons as a college coach. He has worked under five Bengals head coaches — Sam Wyche, Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, Dick LeBeau and Marvin Lewis.

Anderson has been the coach in charge of nearly every running back listed in the Bengals record book. The top 15 individual rushing seasons in Bengals history have all been accomplished by backs coached by Anderson, and his roster of Pro Bowl backs includes:

» James Brooks (played 1984-91, four Pro Bowls): Amassed 6447 yards with an average of 4.8 yards per carry, and he was one of the best receiving RBs in NFL history, with 297 catches for 3012 yards as a Bengal.

» Harold Green (played 1990-95, one Pro Bowl): Ranks fifth in Bengals rushing yards (3727) and made the Pro Bowl after the ’92 season with 1170 yards and a 4.4 average.

» Corey Dillon (played 1997-2003, three Pro Bowls): Leads Bengals in all-time rushing yards (8061) and held one of the NFL’s glamour records when he rushed for then-league best 278 yards vs. Denver in 2000.

» Lorenzo Neal (played 2001-02): Earned his first Pro Bowl berth in ’02, as lead blocker for Corey Dillon’s 1311 rushing yards.

» Rudi Johnson (played 2001-07, one Pro Bowl): Johnson owns the two top rushing seasons in Bengals history (1458 and 1454 yards), and his 4221 yards over 2004-06 are the most by any Bengal in a three-year span.
 
Anderson is also one of the coaches behind the NFL’s top team rushing performance in the last 61 years. On Oct. 22, 2000, when Dillon rushed for 278 yards vs. Denver, the team gained 407 on the ground. It’s the fifth-best team rushing total in NFL history and stands entering 2012 as the most since 1950, when the N.Y. Giants gained 423 against Baltimore.

Anderson also coached Ickey Woods, who was a league-wide sensation as a rookie in 1988 before having his career derailed by a knee injury in ’89.

Anderson’s troops won NFL rushing titles in 1988 and ’89, and won the AFC rushing crown in ’86. From 1986-90, the Bengals finished 2-4-1-1-5 in league rushing.

Anderson’s coaching excellence was recognized following the 2001 season when he was interviewed for the Stanford University head coaching job. Anderson was on the Stanford coaching staff from 1980-83.

Anderson was born March 27, 1948, in Harrisburg, Pa. He graduated from Cal Western with a degree in physical education, and has a lifetime teaching certificate in California. Jim and his wife, Marcia, have a son, Derek.

PLAYING AND COACHING HISTORY - 1967-69: Linebacker-def. end at Cal-Western (U.S. International). 1970-71: Assistant coach (AC), Cal Western. 1973: AC, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College. 1974-75: AC, Nevada-Las Vegas. 1976-79: AC, Southern Methodist. 1980-83: AC, Stanford. 1984-present: AC, Bengals.

 

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