The Cincinnati Bengals have a new coach in Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson… at least temporarily.
The 45-year-old former NFL great began working with the Bengals as an coaching intern on Tuesday.
Perhaps considering a career change as an analyst on the NFL Network, Woodson plans to stay in Cincinnati through the majority of training camp until his television duties beckon. He wants to see if coaching is in his heart.
He approached Marvin Lewis with the idea last winter and the Bengals coach got back to him in the spring. Woodson jumped at the opportunity to see if this was something he seriously wanted to consider as his next career move.
“I said, ‘You know what, I think I’m going to take you up on it.’ I want to see if this is what I want to do,” Woodson said, per Bengals.com. “It has to be in my heart.
“I’ve got a lot of knowledge that was given to me through my playing from players and coaches. I feel I should give that back. It’s harder to give back when you’re away. When guys come through the network, I can spend a day or so with them, but you can’t really impact them. You can maybe give them a tip of knowledge, but on a day-to-day basis you really can’t impact them.”
The Bengals currently have 18 defensive backs on their roster who can benefit from Woodson’s wealth of knowledge.