The Cincinnati Bengals are in the process of finalizing their staff for the offseason, and while they still must wait to see what defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer does, the majority of the staff is slowly rounding into form.
After Jay Gruden departed to take the head-coaching job with the Washington Redskins, running backs coach Hue Jackson was promoted in his place to offensive coordinator.
The team has just announced that Kyle Caskey will be the new running backs coach. Here is the release from Bengals Public Relations:
Caskey replaces Hue Jackson, who will serve as Bengals offensive coordinator this season, replacing Jay Gruden, who has become head coach of the Washington Redskins.
“Kyle has worked closely with our coordinators the last few seasons,” said head coach Marvin Lewis, “and with (OL coach) Paul Alexander, he’s done a lot of direct work with our offensive line players. He’s been in the staff meetings with the running back coaches (Jackson and predecessor Jim Anderson).
“It’s all been part of the evolution of a bright young coach, and the time comes when the opportunity’s there to become a position coach on your own. That’s where we are with Kyle, and it’s great again that we have the person in-house to promote from within.”
Last season, Caskey helped direct a line that supported team NFL ranks of sixth in scoring, eighth in pass offense and 10th in net offense.
Caskey just finished his fourth season on the Bengals coaching staff, and this season was the assistant offensive line/quality control coach.
He’s helped the Bengals routinely have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL over the past four seasons, and this was a well-deserved promotion for his work.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Bengals offensive line ranked 2nd in the league in pass-blocking efficiency while allowing quarterback Andy Dalton to be sacked just 19 times this year.