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Teryl Austin | Defensive Lineman

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (52) / 3/3/1965

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Bengals hired Teryl Austin as defensive coordinator.
Austin was a hot name on the coordinating circuit, drawing strong interest from the Raiders and getting connected to the Packers as well. Although Austin's defenses in Detroit were far from dominant, he maximized the Lions' talent and is one of the league's most respected defensive minds. With DE Carl Lawson, WLB Vontaze Burfict, LE Carlos Dunlap, and CB William Jackson in place, Austin inherits a talented Bengals defense that faded down the 2017 stretch due to injuries. Jan 8 - 3:43 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders are pursuing Lions DC Teryl Austin to be their assistant head coach.

Rapoport reported Sunday night that Austin is "in negotiations" with the Bengals to become their new defensive coordinator, so this leak could just be an effort to grease the wheels in those talks. All we know right now is Austin is unlikely to stay in Detroit with Patriots DC Matt Patricia expected to take over as head coach.
Jan 8 - 11:30 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals "are in negotiations" with Teryl Austin to be their new defensive coordinator.

Austin is currently the Lions defensive coordinator, but with Patriots DC Matt Patricia likely to fill Detroit's head coaching vacancy, the Lions should be willing to let Austin jump ship. Austin is a respected coordinator who has earned head coaching interviews in the past, but the Lions slumped on defense in 2017. He should be able to get back on track coaching a Bengals unit which has plenty of talent.
Jan 7 - 10:01 PM

The Lions have blocked DC Teryl Austin from interviewing with the Packers.

The Packers had interest in Austin as a replacement for Dom Capers. With Austin still under contract, Detroit will prevent him from making a lateral move. It's possible Austin could become available when the Lions have a new head coach in place.
Jan 5 - 5:06 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for the same position in Cincinnati on Friday.

Austin technically remains under contract with the Lions, so he had to be granted permission to interview for what would be a lateral move. He previously interviewed to replace Jim Caldwell in Detroit. The Bengals are replacing Paul Guenther, whose contract was not renewed. An ex-Ravens assistant, Austin has coordinated the Lions' defense since 2014, largely overseeing solid units. He has never worked with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.
Jan 4 - 8:52 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Lions will interview DC Teryl Austin for their open head coaching job.

The interview will take place on Tuesday. This is likely just a courtesy interview for a coach who has interviewed for several jobs outside the organization over the past several years. That said, hiring Austin would allow the Lions to keep the offensive staff in place.
Jan 1 - 11:25 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions DC Teryl Austin's interview for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy will take place on Tuesday.

Austin is also interviewing for the Rams' job. The Lions' defense got pasted in three straight games to close out the season, but Austin is well regarded in league circles. We'd say he's 50-50 to land a head-coaching job this offseason.
Sun, Jan 8, 2017 09:46:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for head-coaching vacancies in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Both teams had already shown interest but couldn't interview Austin until the Lions were eliminated from the postseason. After losing to Seattle in the Wild Card round, Austin is now free to pursue a head-coaching opportunity. Austin made the rounds last offseason as well, earning interviews with the Browns, Dolphins, Giants and Titans. He just finished his third season as the Lions' DC.
Sun, Jan 8, 2017 08:29:00 AM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports the Chargers have requested permission to interview Lions DC Teryl Austin for their head-coaching vacancy.'s Ian Rapoport reports the Rams are also interested. Austin was a hot name last year, and is remaining so for 2017. He did a solid job with a majorly banged up defense this season.
Tue, Jan 3, 2017 06:09:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin's Titans interview will take place on Friday.

It's Austin's last chance at landing a head-coaching gig, as every other job has filled. That, of course, could change if Austin's boss, Jim Caldwell, is fired in Detroit. He's unlikely to get the Titans job, as interim coach Mike Mularkey is the heavy favorite to officially replace Ken Whisenhunt.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 08:35:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Titans will interview Lions DC Teryl Austin for their head-coaching vacancy.

A Monday afternoon report had interim coach Mike Mularkey as the "clear frontrunner" for the Titans' job, but it appears they'll finally start moving and shaking and interviewing outside candidates after sitting on their hands all last week. Austin is very popular; he's had interview requests from five teams.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 06:29:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Austin interviewed with the Browns and Dolphins earlier this week. Austin satisfies the Rooney Rule for the teams that interview him, but it's unclear if he's emerged as a serious head-coaching candidate anywhere so far.
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 11:19:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin's Browns interview will take place on Wednesday.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Austin's preference was to interview with the Dolphins first. It's unclear if he'll do so. Austin has done a strong job over the past two seasons in Detroit, especially considering that he lost All-Pro Ndamukong Suh for 2015.
Tue, Jan 5, 2016 02:30:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for the Dolphins and Browns' head-coaching vacancies this week.

ESPN's Josina Anderson says Austin's "preference" is to interview for the Dolphins' job first, but his schedule hasn't yet been set in stone. Austin oversaw one of the NFL's best defenses in 2014. It lost some mustard in 2015, but was still a respectable unit that got better over the course of the season. Austin also satisfies the Rooney Rule for the teams he interviews with.
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 10:19:00 PM

Lions DC Teryl Austin's agent Eric Metz said his client will interview for open head coaching positions.

It is unclear if Austin and the rest of the coaching staff in Detroit will be retained, but Metz said he is already lining up initial interviews. Austin interviewed with several teams last season and appeared to be a finalist for the Falcons' job. Austin's defense took a step back this season, but he could rightfully point to the loss of Ndamukong Suh among other playmakers for the decline. Austin is a strong candidate who has a good chance to land a job this offseason.
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 09:46:00 PM

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