CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Matt Burke as linebackers coach, the position he held the last five seasons in Detroit until the Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz.
The 37-year-old Burke has 10 years of NFL coaching experience.
"We’re fortunate to get a coach of Matt’s quality and experience to move into this spot,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “Matt has come up under the system of Jim Schwartz, starting with Jim at the Tennessee Titans and then moving on when Jim got the head coaching job at Detroit. He was one of Jim’s hand-picked guys, and I think most people know how much I respect Jim as a friend and colleague.
“Matt did great work with developing the young linebackers at Detroit, and he brings ideas and perspective from another system, which is something great for us to have as a staff.”
The Lions defense ranked sixth in the NFL against the run in 2013. Burke was instrumental in the development of LBs Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy at Detroit.
“It’s a great opportunity to come and work with one of the NFL’s best defenses,” Burke said, “and I look forward to getting to know our players and establish communication with them. It’s great to be able to work with Marvin. Jim (Schwartz) feels the same way about Marvin as Marvin does about him, so I think everyone felt it was a good fit all around.”
Burke is a Hudson, Mass., native who played for Dartmouth. He succeeds Paul Guenther, who was just promoted to defensive coordinator.
Lewis has been reshaping his staff after defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer became head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden took the Washington Redskins' head coaching job.