David Lippincott enters his second season with the Silver and Black as linebackers coach, after serving 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He begins his 12th season in the NFL, while holding 19 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and professional level.
In 2018, Lippincott fielded a linebacker group that finished 19th overall in pass defense, a seven-spot improvement from their 26th overall ranking in the league in 2017. Leading his group was newcomer LB Tahir Whitehead. Whitehead led the defensive unit with 126 tackles (89 solo) on the campaign. Whitehead’s tackle total ranked ninth in the NFL and sits seventh in Raiders history. He started all 16 contests for the second time in his career and added one interception along with five passes defensed and one forced fumble. Second-year LB Marquel Lee appeared in all 16 contests for the first time in his career and made 11 starts, finishing second on the club with a career-high 58 stops (31).
Lippincott completed his 10th season with the Bengals in 2017, with the campaign marking his seventh year as a full-time member of the staff, having served the first three as a coaching assistant. During his full-time tenure, the Bengals made the playoffs in five-of-seven seasons, winning AFC North titles twice (2013 and 2015) during that span.
As an assistant linebackers/quality control coach for the Bengals from 2012-17, Lippincott helped develop one of the league’s most effective defenses. His unit ranked in the NFL’s top half in fewest points allowed per game in all seven seasons as a full-time member of the coaching staff, finishing in the top-10 in five of those years. From 2014-17, he assisted in molding the NFL’s number one defense in terms of interceptions, as the team hauled in a league-best 69 picks since 2014.
In 2017, Lippincott guided a defense that ranked eighth in passing yards per game allowed, averaging 211.2 yards per contest. He also mentored rookie LB Carl Lawson to 8.5 sacks on the year, second-most on the team. Lawson’s 8.5 sacks tied for seventh-most among NFL linebackers.
From 2011-16, the Bengals tallied 233 sacks, tied for 10th-most in the NFL. The 19.7 points allowed per game were the eighth fewest in the league in 2016, after a second-place finish in 2015. The 17.4 points allowed in 2015 rank second in club history and contributed to the team’s second AFC North Championship since 2013.
In 2014, the defensive unit finished in the top-10 in nine of the 15 major statistical categories, highlighted by 20 interceptions (tied for third) and a 75.8 average opponent passer rating (third). Lippincott helped capture his first division title as a full-time member on staff in 2013, while also tutoring undrafted and current Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict to a Pro Bowl selection. The linebackers helped the defense finish third in total defense that season, allowing just 305.5 yards per game. The defense also finished fifth in scoring defense with an average of 19.1 points surrendered per game.
In his second season as full-time coach, the Bengals allowed just 319.7 yards per game, ranking sixth in the NFL in 2012. The unit posted the eighth-best scoring defense that season, allowing just 20.0 points per game, a one-spot improvement from the 2011 season where the team finished with a 20.2 point average. In his first year as a full-time coach on staff, Lippincott’s duties as a defensive quality control coach in 2011 consisted of breaking down video, game plan preparation, while also having on-field duties with the defensive front-seven.
From 2008-2010, Lippincott served as a coaching assistant during his first three years on an NFL staff. He assisted in the scouting department while also helping with the wide receivers. His contributions in 2009 helped lead to the team’s first division crown since 2005.
Prior to breaking into the NFL, Lippincott spent three seasons at the University of Richmond, where he coached the safeties (2007) and defensive ends (2005-06). The team won the Atlantic 10 title in 2005, where the team was a quarterfinalist in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. As the defensive line coach in 2006, Lippincott tutored a group that allowed just 13 rushing scores on the year, third-fewest in the conference. In 2007, they captured Colonial Athletic Association crown and were a semifinalist in what was renamed the FCS division.
Lippincott spent the two prior years with the University of Minnesota as a graduate assistant from 2003-04. He helped guide the Gophers to two Bowl victories, one being the Sun Bowl in 2003, the other being the Music City Bowl in 2004, where he was appointed the team’s interim linebacker coach in his last game and victory as a Gopher.
Prior to joining Minnesota, Lippincott spent three seasons (2000-02) at Bluffton University coaching the defensive line.
PERSONAL: Native of Cincinnati, Ohio…Attended University of Dayton during his undergraduate studies, serving as an undergraduate defensive assistant and defensive line co-coach during his four years with the Flyers…A graduate of Moeller High School in Cincinnati…He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, a daughter, Sophia, and son, Declan.