Kyle Caskey is in his seventh season on the Bengals coaching staff, and in 2016 he is in his third year as running backs coach.
Caskey will continue in ’16 with the development of one of the NFL’s best young rushing duos in HBs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Hill, a second-year pro last season, tied for the NFL lead in rushing TDs (11) and had one more score as a receiver. His 12-TD total was the most by a Bengals RB since 2006, when HB Rudi Johnson had 12.
Hill rushed for 794 yards, and Bernard was a close second at 730, marking the first time since 1988 that the Bengals had two 700- yard rushers. Bernard also had 472 receiving yards on 49 catches, finishing second on the team in yards from scrimmage (1202). Bernard set a Bengals record for receiving yards by a RB when he logged 128 in Game 10 at Arizona.
The production from Hill and Bernard helped the Bengals to No. 7 NFL ranks in points per game (26.2) and yards per play (5.7).
In 2014, Caskey’s first year as a primary position coach, the Bengals ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing (134.2), the club’s best offensive rushing ranking since 2000. Hill rushed for a rookie season of 1124 yards, with a 5.1-yard percarry average, the highest by a primary Bengals rusher since James Brooks in 1990. Hill was worked into his role gradually, with only 50 carries in the first seven games, but over the last nine weeks he was the NFL’s leading rusher, posting 929 of his yards. His total was best by more than 100 yards.
Hill’s season rushing total was second in Bengals history for a rookie, five yards short of Corey Dillon’s 1129 in 1997. Hill had four games of 140-plus yards, becoming only the third rookie in NFL annals to post four at that level. Among all NFL rushers, he was one of only two to hit 140 four times in 2014 (joining Dallas’ DeMarco Murray), and Hill was the first Bengal to hit 140 four times in a season.
As pass protectors the last two seasons, the RBs have aided an effort that has had the Bengals ranked third in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23) in 2014 and tied for eighth last season (32).
Caskey worked his first two Bengals seasons (2011-12) in the offensive quality control area, and for 2012-13 he added the designation of assistant offensive line coach. In his OL role in 2013, he helped the line deliver 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). Caskey came to Cincinnati from the University of Mississippi, where he served in 2009 as a defensive assistant, working primarily with safeties. He entered college coaching in 2004 at Louisiana-Monroe as a graduate assistant.
He coached safeties in ’04 and linebackers in ’05. In ’05, 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 (’98) and played in the Cotton and Sugar bowls. He was a four-year Aggie letterman in track and field from 1999-2002, including ’00 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.