Anarumo and Taylor coached together in Miami. Anarumo served as the Dolphins interim defensive coordinator for the final 12 games of the 2015 season. Taylor was the team’s interim offensive coordinator for the final five games that season when the team fired Bill Lazor, the Bengals’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons.
Before his time with the Dolphins, Anamuro’s previous 20 seasons coaching came in the college ranks. Aside from the 12 games with the Dophins, his only previous experience as a defensive coordinator came in the early 1990s with the Merchant Marine Academy.
Anamuro is taking over a unit that was one of the worst in the NFL last season. Cincinnati ranked 30th out of 32 teams in scoring defense last season, allowing 28.4 points per game. They were last in the NFL in yards allowed per game (413.6).
Former head coach Marvin Lewis fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin in November and assumed control of the defense for the final seven games of the season. Lewis and the Bengals parted ways after 16 seasons a day after the season ended.