Kyle Caskey is in his sixth season on the Bengals coaching staff, and in 2015 he is in his second year as running backs coach.
In 2014, in his first year as a primary position coach, the Bengals ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (134.2), the club’s best offensive rushing ranking since 2000.
Under Caskey, rookie HB Jeremy Hill rushed for 1124 yards, with a 5.1-yard per-carry 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 over 100 yards, as Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch was No. 2 during that span at 824.
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.
Caskey has charge of one of the NFL’s top young HB duos, as explosive Giovani Bernard returns for his third Cincinnati season in 2014. Bernard missed three games due to injury in ’14, but he and Hill became the first Bengals RB duo to each reach 1000 yards from scrimmage since 1988.
As pass protectors, the RBs aided an effort that had the Bengals ranked third in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23) and least sack yardage allowed (130).
Caskey worked his first two Bengals seasons in the offensive quality control area, and for 2012-13 he added the designation of assistant offensive line coach.
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).
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 ’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.