The Cincinnati Bengals lost a legend to retirement in running backs coach, Jim Anderson who was with the team for 29 seasons which is the longest tenure in NFL history for a position coach. It’s also a Bengals record for a coach, surpassing the 28 seasons that Kim Wood spent as conditioning coach before Lewis took over. It has been announced that Hue Jackson will replace him at running backs coach and an article about that was written the other day and you can view the article here.
Current starting running back, BenJarvis Green-Ellis had high praise for the retiring Anderson by saying, “Coach Anderson really helped my career when he told me I can run with my eyes and not always follow the play. Once he told me that, the whole season turned around. It was kind of like I had a green light. You know how you get a green light in basketball and you shoot? That’s kind of how it happened.”
Anderson, has coached several big name 1,000 yard running backs besides Green-Ellis including James Brooks, Ickey Woods, Corey Dillion, and Cedric Benson over the span of his 29 years. He worked under five Bengals’ head coaches as well including Sam Wyche, Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, Dick LeBeau and Marvin Lewis which speaks volumes in what seemed like a revolving door at head coach in the Queen City.