first_imgA general view of the Cincinnati Bengals field.CINCINNATI – SEPTEMBER 26: General view of Paul Brown Stadium during the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on September 26, 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 23-9. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Jeff Hafley spent seven years in the NFL, before taking a co-defensive coordinator job at Ohio State under new head coach Ryan Day. He was most recently the secondary coach for the San Francisco 49ers.When Hafley got the Buckeyes job, which he shares with fellow co-DC Greg Mattison, he revealed that he had the chance to take other NFL opportunities. Instead, he elected to a return to college for the first time since 2011, when he coached the secondary at Rutgers.In the interim, he served on staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns before three years with the Niners. His only other FBS stop in college was Pitt.After he took the job at Ohio State, the NFL didn’t stop calling.According to’s Ian Rapoport, new Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor wanted to interview Hafley for the team’s DC job. However, his colleague Mike Garafolo says that Hafley has turned them down.The #Bengals wanted to interview Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley for their vacant DC job, sources tell @RapSheet. However, I’m told he’s not going to renege on his commitment to OSU after taking the job last month. So Cincy’s search continues.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 15, 2019The Jeff Hafley news is just the latest setback as Zac Taylor looks to fill out his Cincinnati Bengals staff.He had previously been turned down by Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who elected to stay in Gainesville.The team has also been blocked from interviewing New Orleans Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn for the job.The #Saints are planning to block the #Bengals from interviewing New Orleans’ secondary coach Aaron Glenn for their defensive coordinator opening, sources say. The respected assistant was requested earlier today. Cincy’s search rolls on…— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2019Someone will take the Bengals job, but Taylor has to go pretty far down the list. It is good news for for Buckeyes fans who want to see how the new staff handles things under Ryan Day, though.last_img read more