Kevin Coyle, an 11-year member of the Bengals defensive staff (2001-11), returns to Cincinnati for 2016 as secondary coach. He is in his 16th consecutive year as an NFL coach, following 23 straight in the college ranks. Coyle was Bengals defensive backs coach for the last nine of his Cincinnati seasons.
He departed in 2012 to become defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. In 2014, Coyle’s defense ranked sixth in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed. His unit also scored three TDs, the most by a Miami defense since 2003. The Dolphins had two Pro Bowl selections each season from 2012-14. LB Cameron Wake made it all three seasons, while DT Randy Starks was a Pro Bowler for 2012 and CB Brent Grimes was selected in 2013-14. Coyle’s 2012 defense led the NFL in red-zone TD percentage (42.6), and both his ’12 and ’13 units posted top 10 finishes in the NFL in fewest points allowed, finishing seventh in ’12 and eighth in ’13. Each of those units had 42 sacks, ranking seventh in the NFL in ’12 and tied for 11th in ’13. The 2013 defense allowed only four TD passes to wide receivers, and Miami’s 35 TDs allowed over the 2012-13 seasons were the second-fewest in the NFL. The ’13 unit ranked fifth in the NFL in aggregate opponent passer rating (77.3) and fifth in red-zone TD percentage (46.4). Coyle spent his first two Bengals seasons as cornerbacks coach under head coach Dick LeBeau, and he was promoted to defensive backs coach in 2003, when Marvin Lewis joined Cincinnati as head coach.
In Coyle’s nine seasons as Bengals DBs coach (2003-11), the defense ranked fifth in the NFL in INTs (160), and 133 of those were by DBs. With Coyle as his position coach in 2005, CB Deltha O’Neal set a Bengals record with 10 INTs, tied for first in the NFL, and the DBs had 23 of Cincinnati’s league-leading 31 INTs. O’Neal was a ’05 season Pro Bowl selection, and the previous year, Coyle coached CB Tory James (eight INTs) to a Pro Bowl berth. The Bengals won the AFC North Division title in 2005, and they also were division champs in 2009, when Coyle helped direct the defense to NFL rankings of fourth in net defense and sixth in net pass defense. In his last 10 seasons before joining the Bengals, Coyle was defensive coordinator and secondary coach at three Division I college programs — Syracuse, Maryland and Fresno State.
At Syracuse (1991-93), Coyle’s ’92 defense led the nation in INTs (24) and set a school record for fewest rushing yards allowed (1007) in an 11-game season. At Maryland (’94-96), Coyle oversaw a dramatic improvement in the Terrapins’ defense, steadily guiding a program that had struggled prior to his arrival. At Fresno State (’97-2000), Coyle’s defenses produced three first-team All-Western Athletic Conference players in both ’99 and ’00, best in the league both years. Coyle was at Holy Cross from 1982-90. During his five years as defensive coordinator, Holy Cross was the winningest Division I-AA team in the nation (49-5-1). Coyle was born in Staten Island, N.Y., where he attended Monsignor Farrell High School and was inducted into school’s Hall of Fame in 2010. He was also inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
He received his undergraduate degree in physical education from the University of Massachusetts in 1978 and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He played DB at Massachusetts. Kevin and his wife Louise have a daughter, Jenlain, who is attending Georgetown University Law School. Coyle was active in community service with the Dolphins, continuing a commitment he displayed with the Bengals. In Cincinnati, he spoke to emotionally troubled patients at Children’s Hospital, as well as speaking at schools on behalf of the D.A.R.E. drug resistance program. He also coordinated an annual Youth Coaches Clinic sponsored by the Marvin Lewis Community Fund.
Playing and coaching history: 1974-75—Played DB at Massachusetts. 1978-79—Graduate assistant, University of Cincinnati. 1980— Coaching assistant, Arkansas. 1981—Defensive coordinator, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 1982-85—Assistant coach (AC), Holy Cross. 1986-90— Defensive coordinator, Holy Cross. 1991-93—Defensive coordinator, Syracuse. 1994-96—Defensive coordinator, Maryland. 1997-2000—Defensive coordinator, Fresno State. 2001-11—AC, Cincinnati Bengals. 2012-15—Defensive coordinator, Miami Dolphins. 2016—AC, Cincinnati Bengals.