Brayden Coombs in 2015 is in his fourth season in a full staff position with the Bengals. He will work with coordinator Darrin Simmons on special teams and also will assist with the wide receivers. Coombs was a wide receiver in college (Miami-Ohio).
His role with special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons will continue to include being in full charge of selected meetings, and he will have a central role in game planning and film study.
In 2015, the Bengals again had some of the NFL’s best special teams units and individuals. The 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).
Individually, CB Adam Jones and P Kevin Huber shared the special teams spotlight.
Jones claimed the franchise’s first NFL kickoff return title, averaging 31.3 yards. It reset the franchise record by more than six yards. And in punt returns, Jones finished second in the NFL at 12.0, just missing a bid to become the first player in 22 years to lead the league in both KOR and PR. Jones earned the kick returner spot on the prestigious Associated Press All-Pro team.
Huber, who debuted in the NFL under Simmons in 2009, continued his rise to among the league’s top punters. He earned his first Pro Bowl berth in 2014, finishing fourth in the NFL in gross average (46.8) and fifth in net (42.1). In both categories, Huber re-set franchise marks he already held, and he is Cincinnati’s career leader in both gross and net averages.
Also individually last season, K Mike Nugent had another solid year, including the second-longest postseason field goal in NFL history (57 yards), and LS Clark Harris continued his perfect career performance, now covering six seasons, in avoiding any unplayable snaps.
In the long-established special teams rankings done annually by the Dallas Morning News, incorporating 22 categories of special teams play, the Bengals ranked sixth in the NFL in 2014.
Coombs first joined the Bengals in December of 2009 as a coaching intern, and he was elevated to coaching assistant before the ’10 season. He spent ’10 working primarily with the defensive staff, focusing on the defensive backs and assisting with video breakdown and game-plan construction.
Coombs played collegiately at Miami (OH) 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. His father, Kerry, is the cornerbacks coach 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.
The NFL said Thursday that Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s suspension has been upheld after the appeal was heard by Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks and he’ll miss the first three games of the upcoming season.
If Tony Perez was the Mayor of Riverfront Stadium, then Bernie Stowe was the Sage of Cinergy Field who tucked away Riverfront and Crosley Field into eternity with the same tender loving care he christened Great American Ball Park. When Stowe, the Reds’ long-time clubhouse man, died earlier this week it was a blow felt on both sides of The Banks, where in a galaxy far, far away his team and the Bengals once shared a stadium.