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New Bengals coach Zac Taylor sits with Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty. Sam Greene, sgreene@enquirer.com

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After a series of misses to fill the defensive coordinator opening, the Cincinnati Bengals and head coach Zac Taylor appear to be blocked from interviewing a potential candidate. 

The New Orleans Saints plan to deny the Bengals the opportunity to speak with secondary coach Aaron Glenn, according to an NFL Network report. 

The Bengals requested to interview Glenn, a hot name in coaching circles who previously had a prolific NFL playing career, on Thursday. 

Todd Grantham declined the Bengals offer to be DC and opted to remain at the University of Florida after interviewing for the position over the course of two days earlier this week. Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Taylor top choice and would-be, home-run hire, remained in his position last week instead of accepting a Bengals offer. 

Jack Del Rio and Dom Capers are other candidates previously considered for the position. 

All of the action leaves the Bengals without a defensive leader as Taylor approaches his second weekend officially on the job. Former Falcons DC Marquand Manuel and Rams secondary assistant Aubrey Pleasant remain in the running, though they were behind Grantham in the pecking order. 

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Taylor has remained confident in who he wants and what he’s looking for, according to sources. He’s not sacrificing on his end to force something to fit. That backs up his answer following his introductory press conference last week. 

"I don't want to make any assumptions on anything," Taylor said. "... I think we'll look at people with all sorts of levels of experience. You do want experience on the staff and there's great value there, but as long as people are sound teachers and confident in what they're doing and get players to play the best of their abilities, we're going to be in great shape with whoever we hire."

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