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Bengals hire defensive backs coach

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Bengals said Tuesday they've hired Vance Joseph as a position coach for defensive backs.

Joseph, who has spent eight of his nine NFL seasons as a defensive backs coach, including the last three seasons at Houston, will team with current Bengals defensive backs coach Mark Carrier to direct the largest position group on the roster.

"With the continued increased emphasis on the passing game in the NFL, it's crucial for us to expand our coaching strength in this area," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "Vance has excellent experience and has coached a lot of good young players. We feel fortunate to have been able to sign him up for this important job."

Joseph, 41, spent six seasons (2005-10) on the San Francisco 49ers staff, the last five of those as defensive backs coach, before joining Houston. In his first two seasons at Houston, Joseph directed secondaries that played key roles for teams that won a pair of AFC South Division championships. CB Johnathan Joseph was selected for the Pro Bowl each year, the first two Pro Bowl berths of his career.

Last season, despite falling from the ranks of playoff teams, the Texans ranked third in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed and seventh overall on defense. In 2012, the Texans led the NFL in lowest opponents' completion percentage (53.0) and were 10th in lowest opponent passer rating (80.0). In 2011, Joseph's first season, the Texans rose from 32nd to third in fewest passing yards allowed while holding foes to a completion percentage of 51.9 and an aggregate passer rating of 69.0.

"I'm happy for this opportunity, to join a team that's on the rise," Joseph said, "and this team has a great group of players to work with. I consider myself a very positive coach in the way I work with players, and I put a lot of stress on great technique. I believe I can get those technique points across very well."

A native of Marrero, La., Joseph played quarterback in college at Colorado and made the transition to cornerback in the NFL, playing for the New York Jets in 1995 and the Indianapolis Colts in 1996. He coached in college at Wyoming, Colorado and Bowling Green before entering the NFL with San Francisco.

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