David Lippincott in 2014 is in his fourth season with the Bengals in a full staff coaching position. For the third straight year he will serve as Assistant Linebackers/Defensive Quality Control coach, assisting LBs coach Matt Burke in the development of the Bengals’ young corps of linebackers.
This is Lippincott’s seventh 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.
Lippincott has worked the past two seasons with LB Vontaze Burfict, who joined the Bengals from the college free agent ranks in 2012, Lippincott’s first year with the LBs assistant title. Burfict quickly developed into one of the NFL’s most prolific tacklers and was in last season’s Pro Bowl after leading the team with 204 total stops.
Also in 2013, the Bengals saw the strong emergence of third-year LB Vincent Rey, another original college free agent signee. The defensive staff oversaw an improved 2013 performance from starting MLB Rey Maualuga, a fifth-year player, and also worked with a decorated veteran in five-time Pro Bowler James Harrison, who had a productive season at age 35 after joining the Bengals as a free agent. Maualuga was second on the team in tackles (110). Harrison played 15 games with 10 starts as a situational performer and contributed 40 tackles, two sacks, an INT and a forced fumble.
In 2013, as the Bengals finished 11-5 to win the AFC North Division championship, the defense ranked first in the AFC and third in the NFL in fewest yards allowed (305.5). The Bengals ranked tied for fifth in the NFL in fewest points allowed (19.1).
In 2012, the Bengals ranked sixth in net defense and eighth in scoring defense.
In 2014, Lippincott will work again with another promising player he helped develop. Rookie LB Emmanuel Lamur missed all of last season due to a preseason injury, but in 2012, he developed notably after starting as just a tryout player at the Bengals’ rookie minicamp. His performance earned him a spot on the Bengals’ training camp roster, and during the season he played in 10 games, including a start in the Wild Card playoff at Houston. Lamur was projected for a significant role in 2013 before being sidelined.
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 the Bengals’ 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 (re-named) 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, Cincinnati Bengals. 2011-present—AC, Cincinnati Bengals.