The Cincinnati Bengals announced today that Jim Anderson, the team’s running backs coach for the past 29 years has retired. Anderson said he had a great run with the Bengals, but he’s ready to move on.
Anderson joined the Bengals in 1983 after coaching at Nevada-Las Vegas, Southern Methodist and Stanford. While managing the Bengals running attack, he has done so under 5 different head coaches: Sam Wyche, Dave Shula, Bruce Coslet, Dick LeBeau and current coach Marvin Lewis.
Anderson has seen it all.
From the “Ickey Shuffle’ to the breakdown of Stanley Wilson, a Bengals running back with great potential until drugs ended his career.
Bengals owner Mike Brown, said Anderson could get the best out of his running backs. Although the Bengals have received more press for their notoriety, most true Bengals fans can name at least 4 or 5 backs during Anderson’s tenure.
For instance, fans might mention: Corey Dillon, Rudy Johnson, Ickey Woods, Harold Green, or even James Brooks. Want more? Check out the Bleacher Report and they will give you their top Bengal running backs. Anderson is from Pennsylvania and played collegiate football at Cal Western.