David Lippincott is in his third season with a Bengals full staff position in 2013. He will serve this season as Assistant Linebackers/Quality Control coach, and for the second straight year, he will take on the task of assisting LBs coach Paul Guenther in the development of Cincinnati's young corps of linebackers.
This is Lippincott’s sixth season with the Bengals. From 2008-10, he was in a support role as a coaching assistant. He now handles defensive video breakdowns and game plan preparation, and he has had previous on-field duties with front-seven players.
Last season, his work contributed to Cincinnati finishing sixth in the NFL in fewest yards allowed (319.7 per game) and eighth in fewest points allowed per game (20.0). The Bengals also finished the season with a club-record 51 sacks, which ranked third in the NFL. The previous season, the Bengals defense logged 45 sacks (fifth in NFL), which was a 60 percent increase from an injury-plagued 2010 season. That season, 15 players contributed to the sack total, tied for the most in franchise history with the exception of a 1987 club that essentially had two different rosters due to strike replacement play.
Lippincott last season aided in the development of a group of young Bengals linebackers, including two promising rookies that earned widespread praise for their development from going undrafted to earning significant playing time. Rookie LB Vontaze Burfict, a talented but undisciplined prospect from Arizona State, was bypassed altogether in the NFL Draft and joined the Bengals as a college free agent. He made the opening day roster and was thrust into action in Week 2, after starting WLB Thomas Howard was lost for the season due to a knee injury. He led the team in tackles (174), including having the team’s four highest single-game totals in tackles, and he also set a club record for most starts (14) in a rookie season by a player signed as a college free agent.
Rookie LB Emmanuel Lamur was originally invited to the Bengals rookie minicamp as a tryout player, and with his play earned a spot on the Bengals training camp roster. Out of camp, he made the practice squad, and then later in the season earned a spot on the 53-player roster, where he ended up playing in nine games and starting in the Wild Card Playoff at Houston.
As a Bengals coaching assistant from 2008-10, Lippincott’s duties included advance scouting and coaching wide receivers, as well as game preparation. His 2009 work contributed to Cincinnati's second AFC North Division title during the tenure of head coach Marvin Lewis.
Prior to joining the Bengals, Lippincott coached in college for three seasons at Bluffton University (2000-02), two seasons at Minnesota (2003-04) and three seasons at Richmond (2005-07). He worked with all three defensive position groups—line, linebackers and defensive backs—over the course of his college seasons.
During his two seasons at Minnesota, when he worked as a graduate assistant on defense, the Gophers posted wins in the Sun and Music City bowls.
At Richmond, where he was assistant defensive line coach, the team won an Atlantic 10 title in 2005 and a Colonial Athletic Association crown in ’07. The 2005 team was a quarterfinalist in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, and the ’07 team was a semifinalist in the (renamed) FCS division.
Lippincott is married (wife Lisa), and he is a Cincinnati native — a graduate of Moeller High School and the University of Dayton.
COACHING HISTORY — 2000-02: Assistant coach (AC), Bluffton. 2003-04: Graduate assistant, University of Minnesota. 2005-07: AC, Richmond. 2008-10: Coaching assistant, Bengals. 2011-present: AC, Bengals.
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