Jonathan Hayes, an NFL tight end for 12 seasons, returns in 2013 for his 11th year as Bengals tight ends coach. Hayes's major project the last three seasons was the development of TE Jermaine Gresham, the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2010. Gresham has developed into one of QB Andy Dalton’s most reliable targets, and last season had the best statistical season of his young career.
Jonathan Hayes, an NFL tight end for 12 seasons, returns in 2013 for his 11th year as Bengals tight ends coach.
Hayes's major project the last three seasons was the development of TE Jermaine Gresham, the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2010. Gresham has developed into one of QB Andy Dalton’s most reliable targets, and last season had the best statistical season of his young career. He finished the season second on the team in catches (64), receiving yards (737) and TD receptions (five), while continuing his effectiveness as a run-blocker.
Gresham’s production in each of his three seasons has increased in nearly every category, and he has been named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster in each of the last two seasons. He is the first Bengals TE to log three consecutive seasons of 50 or more catches, and only one other TE has as many as two straight 50-plus catch seasons (Dan Ross, 1980-81).
Added to the mix at TE last season was rookie fourth-round pick Orson Charles of Georgia, who showed strong promise, playing in every game, with six starts. Charles had eight catches for 101 yards.
Over his tenure, Hayes's tight ends have contributed to run-blocking efforts that have produced seven 1000-yard rushers, including one in each of the last four seasons. Last season, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis broke the barrier with a career-high 1094 yards. Additionally, the tight ends have contributed to a pass blocking effort that, since 2005, has twice helped Cincinnati set a club record for fewest sacks allowed. A record of 21 was set in 2005, and that mark was rewritten at 17 in ’07.
Prior to joining the Bengals, Hayes spent four years (1999-2002) at the University of Oklahoma as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. He helped the Sooners to a four-year record of 44-9, including a 13-0 mark in 2000 for the NCAA championship.
Under Hayes's tutelage, tight end Trent Smith finished his Oklahoma career in 2002 as the school’s No. 2 all-time receiver, with 148 catches. Also in 2002, Sooners special teams blocked seven kicks and had three punt returns for TDs.
Hayes began his NFL playing career in 1985 with the Kansas City Chiefs, as a second-round draft pick out of Iowa. He played for the Chiefs through 1993, serving as a team captain, and closed his NFL career with three seasons in Pittsburgh (‘94-96). He had 153 career receptions for 1718 yards with 13 TDs.
He saw action in 184 NFL games with 122 starts, and he played all 16 games in each of his final six seasons. He played in three AFC Championship games and a Super Bowl (for Pittsburgh vs. Dallas in SB XXX).
At the University of Iowa, he earned first-team All-America honors as a senior TE and was a team captain. He holds a degree from Iowa in general studies.
Hayes's older brother, Jay, is Bengals defensive line coach.
Hayes's hometown is South Fayette, Pa. He attended South Fayette High School. He and his wife have four children.
PLAYING AND COACHING HISTORY - 1981-84: Played linebacker and tight end at Iowa. 1985-93: NFL tight end, Kansas City Chiefs. 1994-96: NFL tight end, Pittsburgh Steelers. 1999-2002: Assistant coach (AC), Univ. of Oklahoma. 2003-present: AC, Bengals.