Former Bengals assistant Daronte Jones hired as LSU defensive coordinator

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Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive assistant Daronte Jones is now the defensive coordinator at LSU.

Ed Orgeron and the Tigers announced the move this week, picking up Jones from the NFL after he served under Mike Zimmer with the Minnesota Vikings.

Jones spent two years with the Bengals as a secondary/cornerbacks coach from 2018-2019. He had initially jumped to the NFL in 2016 with the Miami Dolphins before coming over to Cincinnati for Marvin Lewis’ final season, then sticking during the transition to Zac Taylor.

In 2018, Jones said getting to coach with Lewis and mentor guys like cornerback William Jackson was a big reason he sought out the job.

At LSU, Jones will have to oversee a dramatic rebuild of the Tigers defense after it played a big role in a disappointing 2020 campaign that saw the team post a 5-5 record.

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