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Report: Jon Kitna Chats with Bengals About Spot on Coaching Staff


A source told Alex Marvez of the Sporting News that Jon Kitna has interviewed for a position on head coach Marvin Lewis’ staff.

Although the exact role wasn’t immediately known, Kitna may be under consideration for the team’s vacant quarterbacks coach job. Cincinnati created the opening early this season when Bill Lazor was promoted to offensive coordinator to replace the fired Ken Zampese.

Kitna, 45, was Lewis’ first starting quarterback when the latter was hired as Cincinnati’s head coach in 2003. That is the same year Cincinnati used the No. 1 overall draft pick to select Carson Palmer, who replaced Kitna with the first-team offense in 2004. Kitna spent two seasons as Palmer’s backup before leaving for a starting position with the Lions in 2006.

Kitna is one of the NFL’s most improbable success stories. He rose from undrafted college free agent (NAIA Central Washington University) in 1996 to a 124-game starter in the NFL (50-74 overall record). He retired after the 2011 season, although the Cowboys brought him back as an emergency backup for one game in 2013.


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