Bengals Expand Scouting Staff
CINCINNATI (AP) _ John Garrett became a full-time scout for the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday as owner Mike Brown fortifies what has been one of the NFL’s smallest scouting departments.
The change comes at the urging of Marvin Lewis, brought in as the Bengals’ head coach after the team’s worst season, 2-14. The Bengals have traditionally relied on their assistant coaches to do the bulk of their scouting.
Earlier this week, the Bengals hired Bill Tobin as a scouting consultant. Tobin is a former personnel executive for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions.
Garrett was on the team’s coaching staff the past two seasons, including 2002 as tight ends coach.
He was quarterbacks coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 1999 and 2000 and was a Bengals assistant for four years prior to 1999. From 1992 to 1994, he was an assistant in the pro personnel department of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Garrett played at Columbia and Princeton. He was a wide receiver for the Bengals in 1989 and was on the Buffalo Bills roster in 1991.
His father Jim has been an NFL and college coach and scout; his brother Judd is an assistant with Miami and his brother Jason is a backup quarterback for the New York Giants.