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Jonathan Hayes
Tight Ends

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Jonathan Hayes, himself an NFL tight end for 12 seasons, returns in 2017 for his 15th year as Bengals tight ends coach. He has had a player in the Pro Bowl in three of the last six seasons, a span in which the Bengals have posted a 58-36-2 record, sixth-best in the NFL (.615 winning percentage), with five playoff appearances. Additionally, he has also worked in recent seasons to make the H-back position a key part of the Cincinnati offense.

Jonathan Hayes, himself an NFL tight end for 12 seasons, returns in 2017 for his 15th year as Bengals tight ends coach. He has had a player in the Pro Bowl in three of the last six seasons, a span in which the Bengals have posted a 58-36-2 record, sixth-best in the NFL (.615 winning percentage), with five playoff appearances. Additionally, he has also worked in recent seasons to make the H-back position a key part of the Cincinnati offense.

      TE Tyler Eifert was a Pro Bowl selection in the 2015 season, and likely would have been selected in ’16 as well had he not missed half the season due to injuries. In ’15, Eifert turned in one of the most productive seasons by a TE in franchise history, despite missing nearly four full games due to injury, Eifert scored 13 TDs, a Bengals TE record, and he finished just one off the overall NFL lead for TDs. His 13 TDs were the most by any Bengals player since 2001. In ’16, Eifert posted numbers that projected to 16-game totals of 59 catches, 788 yards and 10 TDs.

      Hayes last season also continued as the position coach for H-back Ryan Hewitt, whose position is a hybrid role incorporating tight end and fullback duties. Though he does not touch the ball often himself, Hewitt has become a key
figure, a bruising blocker who has played in 47 games in his three seasons, with 34 starts.

      Hayes guided TE Jermaine Gresham to Pro Bowl seasons in 2011 and ’12. And in 2013, when he had 46 catches despite missing two games, Gresham fell just short of joining Mike Ditka as only the second NFL TE with 50-plus catches in each of his first four seasons.

      In 2013, both Gresham and Eifert were in the starting base offense, the first Bengals base to feature two tight ends. They combined for 85 catches for 903 yards and six TDs.

      Over Hayes’ tenure, his tight ends have contributed to run-blocking efforts that have produced eight 1000-yard rushers, including an 1124-yard season in 2014 by rookie Jeremy Hill. Hill led the NFL in rushing over the season’s last nine games.

      The tight ends under Hayes also have contributed to pass blocking efforts that twice helped Cincinnati set a club record for fewest sacks allowed. A record of 21 was set in 2005, and that mark was re-written at 17 in ’07. The Bengals were also in the NFL’s top 10 for fewest sacks allowed in 2014 and ’15.

      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’ 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 ’02, 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 the 1995 season).

      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 coached with his older brother, Jay, on the Bengals staff from
2003-15. Jay, a defensive line coach, moved to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
in 2016.

      Hayes’ 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, Iowa. 1985-93—Played tight end, Kansas City Chiefs. 1994-96—Played tight end, Pittsburgh Steelers. 1999-2002—Assistant coach (AC), Oklahoma. 2003-present—AC, Cincinnati Bengals.


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