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Bengals hire DBs coach Vance Joseph

Formerly with Houston. Aaron Wilson

Print This January 21, 2014, 10:58 AM EST

The Cincinnati Bengals have hired defensive backs coach Vance Joseph, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Joseph spent the past three seasons coaching defensive backs with Houston and has had a nine-year coaching career in the NFL.

“I’m happy for this opportunity, to join a team that’s on the rise and this team has a great group of players to work with," Joseph said in a statement. "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.”

When Joseph took over the Texans' secondary in 2011, he improved the unit from being the worst in passing yards allowed to giving up the third-fewest in the NFL.

“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.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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