Cincinnati Bengals Hire Bill Tobin
CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Cincinnati Bengals hired longtime NFL player personnel executive Bill Tobin as a scouting consultant, a sign that new coach Marvin Lewis will get some help in evaluating talent.
``This gives us an experienced person at a critical point in our scouting process,″ Lewis said Monday.
Bengals owner Mike Brown has been criticized for having one of the NFL’s smallest scouting staffs, forcing his coaches to assume much of the duty for scouting college players.
Tobin joins John Cooper, former Ohio State coach, as a scouting consultant. He will attend workouts this spring of top-rated prospects and will also travel in the fall.
``He has exceptional NFL experience and has put together championship teams,″ Brown said.
Tobin has served as a player personnel executive for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions. He was involved in drafting running backs Walter Payton and Marshall Faulk, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, tight end Ken Dilger and quarterbacks Jim Harbaugh and Joey Harrington.
Tobin is the father of Duke Tobin, the Bengals’ director of player personnel.