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Bengals hire Matt Burke as linebackers coach

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Print This January 18, 2014, 01:42 PM EST

The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Matt Burke as linebackers coach.

Burke has a decade of NFL experience, spending the last five years as linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions.

Burke replaces Paul Guenther, promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator.

“We’re fortunate to get a coach of Matt’s quality and experience to move into this spot,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “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.”

Burke, 37, coached linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy last season.

“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.”

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