Kyle Caskey is in his fifth season on the Bengals coaching staff, and for 2014 he has been promoted to a position coach role, taking over direction of Cincinnati’s running backs. Caskey worked his first two Bengals seasons in the offensive quality control area, and for the last two campaigns he added the designation of assistant offensive line coach.
“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. He’s been in the staff meetings with the running back coaches (Jim Anderson from 2010-12 and Hue Jackson in 2013). 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.”
In 2013, Caskey helped direct an offensive line which delivered consistent quality play despite significant injury-related shuffles. Cincinnati posted NFL rankings of third in fewest sacks allowed (29) and tied for sixth in scoring (26.9). Only Denver (20) and Detroit (23) allowed fewer sacks. The Bengals ranked 10th in net yards per game (368.4) and eighth in net passing yards per game (258.7).
The highlight adjustment by the line last season came after starting LG Clint Boling suffered a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 1 at San Diego. The line did not miss a beat as LOT Andrew Whitworth finished the season at LG, with Anthony Collins taking over at LOT. Also in the second half of last season, when starting RG Kevin Zeitler missed time with a knee injury, Alexander and Caskey had a capable replacement prepared in veteran Mike Pollak.
In 2012, Caskey did the bulk of the scouting work prior to the signing of college free agent Trevor Robinson, and Robinson turned in one of the better performances in recent Bengals history by a rookie CFA, playing 13 games with seven starts for a playoff qualifying team.
Caskey came to Cincinnati from the University of Mississippi, where he served in 2009 as a defensive assistant working with safeties and quality control. In addition to his on-field work, he handled all opponent offensive breakdowns and scouting report materials.
Caskey entered college coaching in 2004 at Louisiana-Monroe as a graduate assistant. He coached safeties in 2004 and linebackers in ’05. In 2005, the Warhawks were Sun Belt Conference co-champions.
From 2006-08, Caskey was at Indiana State. In 2008, he coached the TEs and RBs while also serving as recruiting coordinator. The ’08 ISU recruit class was ranked seventh among NCAA FCS teams by Rivals.com. He was TE/WRs coach at Indiana State in 2006, and was defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator in ’07.
He has earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution from Texas A&M, and he holds master’s degrees from both A&M (agribusiness) and Louisiana-Monroe (instructional technology).
Caskey is married (wife Kayla), and his hometown is Daingerfield, Texas. He played tight end at Texas A&M in 1997-98, and while he was on the team, the Aggies won a Big 12 championship (1998) and played in the Cotton and Sugar bowls.
He was a four-year Aggie letterman in track and field from 1999-2002, including 2000 All-Big 12 honors in the discus. He earned Big 12 All-Academic honors three times — in 2000, ’01 and ’02.
Playing and coaching history: 1997-98—Played tight end, Texas A&M. 2004-05—Graduate assistant, Louisiana-Monroe. 2006-08—Assistant coach (AC), Indiana State. 2009—AC, University of Mississippi. 2010-present—AC, Cincinnati Bengals.