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Kevin Coyle
Secondary Coach

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Kevin Coyle is in his second stint on the Bengals’ coaching staff. He’s in the second year of his second posting, after spending 12 previous seasons (2001-11) with Cincinnati. For the last 11 of his Cincinnati seasons (including 2017), he has coached the secondary.

      Kevin Coyle is in his second stint on the Bengals’ coaching staff. He’s in the second year of his second posting, after spending 12 previous seasons (2001-11) with Cincinnati. For the last 11 of his Cincinnati seasons (including 2017), he has coached the secondary.

      The Staten Island, N.Y. native is in his 40th year in coaching. He’s in his 17th consecutive year as an NFL coach, following 23 straight in the college ranks. Between his two Bengals stints, he served from 2012-15 as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.

      Coyle’s work produced positive results in 2016:

      ●  Cincinnati finished just one short of the NFL interceptions lead, with 17, and DBs had 13 of the team’s 17 picks.

      ●  Bengals opponents managed an aggregate passer rating of just 83.1, fifth-lowest in the NFL.

      ●  Cincinnati yielded the league’s fourth-lowest average gain per completion, at 10.7 yards.

      ●  Opponents completed just 22 touchdown passes, the seventh-lowest total allowed by a defense. The Bengals allowed only six TD passes in the second half of the season.

      ●  The Bengals gave up only seven completions of 40 or more yards, tied for fourth-fewest in the NFL.

      All of the above contributed to a Bengals bottom line of only 19.7 points allowed per game, the NFL’s No. 8 scoring-defense figure.

      In 2014, Coyle’s Miami defense ranked sixth in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed. It also scored three TDs, the most by a Miami defense since ’03.

      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 ’13 and ’14.

      Coyle’s 2012 Miami defense led the NFL in red-zone TD percentage (42.6), and both his ’12 and ’13 units posted top-10 finishes in fewest points allowed, finishing seventh in ’12 and eighth in ’13. Each of those units had 42 sacks.

      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. Over Coyle’s first stint 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.

      In his last 10 seasons before his 2001 move to the Bengals, Coyle was defensive coordinator and secondary coach at three Division I college programs — Syracuse, Maryland and Fresno State.

      Coyle was at Holy Cross from 1982-90. During his five years as defensive coordinator, Holy Cross was the nation’s winningest Division I-AA team (49-5-1).

      In his hometown of Staten Island, N.Y., Coyle 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 ’79. He played DB at Massachusetts.

      Kevin and his wife Louise have a daughter, Jenlain, who in 2017 is in her final year of law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

      Coyle has been active throughout his coaching years in community service. In Cincinnati, he has spoken to emotionally troubled patients at Children’s Hospital, as well as speaking at schools to encourage resistance to drugs. 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-present—AC, Cincinnati Bengals.


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