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Brayden Coombs
Assistant Special Teams/Defensive Quality Control

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Brayden Coombs in 2017 is in his sixth season in a full staff position with the Bengals. For the fifth straight season, he will work with coordinator Darrin Simmons on special teams. Coombs assists with weekly game planning and preparation, and he has full charge of selected special teams meetings and practice periods. He also will assist Kevin Coyle with the Bengals secondary for the second consecutive season, working specifically with cornerbacks.

Brayden Coombs in 2017 is in his sixth season in a full staff position with the Bengals. For the fifth straight season, he will work with coordinator Darrin Simmons on special teams. Coombs assists with weekly game planning and preparation, and he has full charge of selected special teams meetings and practice periods. He also will assist Kevin Coyle with the Bengals secondary for the second consecutive season, working specifically with cornerbacks.

      Coombs helped develop a new special teams standout in 2016, as rookie WR Alex Erickson, a college free agent, led the AFC in kickoff return average (27.9). Erickson was second in the NFL, behind only Minnesota veteran Cordarrelle Patterson, and his average was five yards better than any other AFC returner.

      Defensively in ’16, Coombs contributed to a unit ranking eighth in the NFL in fewest points allowed (19.7).

      Coombs has now had a role in the top two kickoff return seasons in Bengals history. In 2014, CB Adam Jones produced the Bengals’ first-ever NFL kickoff return title, with a Bengals-record 31.3 average, and Erickson’s 27.9 from last season ranks second.

      In 2014, when Adam Jones won the NFL kickoff return title, he also finished second in the league in punt returns (12.1). Jones just missed becoming the first NFL player in 22 years to lead the league in both categories, and he claimed the kick return spot on the Associated Press All-Pro team.

      The Bengals have had two Pro Bowl special teamers during Coombs’ period of work with the units. The first was P Kevin Huber in the 2014 season, when he posted franchise records for gross (46.8) and net (42.1) average, re-setting club marks he already held. In 2015, HB Cedric Peerman earned a berth with his kick coverage work. Peerman’s 17 tackles tied for the team’s highest total since 2008, and he had 13 solo stops. He helped lead the Bengals to a No. 3 NFL ranking in opponents’ average drive start on kickoffs (20.2 yard line).

      Also in 2015, the Bengals ranked seventh in the NFL in punt coverage (6.3 yards per return) and 12th in kickoff coverage (20.6).

      The 2014 team finished with top 10 NFL rankings in gross punting average (third at 46.8), kickoff return average (fourth at 27.6), net punting average (fifth at 42.1), punt return average (seventh at 11.0) and punt coverage (10th at 7.5).

      In the long-established special teams rankings done annually by the Dallas Morning News, incorporating 22 categories of special teams play, the Bengals have had two top 10 finishes in Coombs’ four seasons as a special teams assistant. Cincinnati placed sixth in 2014 and eighth in ’15. Last year’s units were still in the top half, at No. 13.

      Coombs first joined the Bengals in December of 2009 as a coaching intern, and he was elevated to coaching assistant for the ’10 and ’11 seasons, working primarily with the defensive staff, focusing on the defensive backs and assisting with video breakdown and game-plan construction. In 2012, Combs signed on as an assistant coach as an offensive assistant, where he focused on the wide receivers through ’15. He added assistant special teams coach to his responsibilities in 2013, and moved from assisting the coaching of receivers to assisting the coaching of cornerbacks in ’16.

      Coombs played collegiately at Miami University (Ohio) from 2005-09, where he lettered four times. He spent two seasons as a DB, and then was switched to WR for his final three years. He set a school record for receptions in a game (14) in his final appearance as a senior, against Buffalo.

      Coombs is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Colerain High School. He earned a degree in business from Miami. He and his wife, Alexia, have a daughter, Harper. His father, Kerry, is the cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator at Ohio State.

 

     Playing and coaching history: 2005-09—Played defensive back and wide receiver, Miami (Ohio). 2010-11—Coaching assistant, Cincinnati Bengals. 2012-present—Assistant coach, Bengals.


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