A valuable and proven veteran on the Bengals' coaching staff, Simmons is now in his 18th season with the team and stands as the longest-tenured coach on staff. Simmons has spent his entire Bengals term leading the special teams units, and for the last eight years has held the title of special teams coordinator. This season, he has added the role of assistant head coach.
Bengals Rookie Kicker Follows In Shayne Graham's Footstep
The Bengals hope Shayne Graham, their most accurate kicker in history, has hit again. After coaching fifth-round pick Evan McPherson at Florida, Graham says, "I believe he's going to evolve into a premier NFL kicker," and "He hits the ball better now than I did in my prime."
Bengals Notebook: Perine Pegged For Extended Role; Fans Convince Tee To Keep No. 85; Just For Kicks; NFL Schedule Due May 12
Duke Tobin sees Samaje Perine getting an extended role behind Joe Mixon... Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is torn. But after listening to fans he's going to stick with uniform jersey No. 85 ... Despite a rule change, Darrin Simmons says recovering an onside kick still depends on the strength of the kick ... The Bengals find out when they play who on May 12.
Huber Hang Times History With Return
Off his career year and a 17-game season away from tying Ken Riley as the Bengals' all-time leader in games played, Cincinnati's own Kevin Huber agreed to come back to the Bengals Monday for a 13th season as their punter. "He's like a fine bourbon," says special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons. "He gets better with age."
For Bengals Special Teams Guru Simmons, Different Draft Remains Tale Of Tape
Darrin Simmons, the Bengals special teams coordinator heading into his 19th season, has gone through seven defensive coordinators, six offensive coordinators, three franchise quarterbacks, a lockout and pandemic. But he may have never seen anything like this in a non-combine draft.
Bengals Notebook: Coaches Defend Mike Thomas; Special Teams Answer Again; Searching For Flags; O-Line Questions
Sunday's special teams showdown in South Florida turned out to be more than advertised when the No. 6 Bengals held the No. 1 Dolphins to a draw and maybe even a win considering how they dominated punt coverage against the NFL leader. Not to mention the highlights ... Coaches defend Mike Thomas, empathize with Tyler Boyd and Shawn Williams ... Kickers to be evaluated after tough three-game stretch.
Bengals Special Teams And Huber Seek Finishing Kick
Kevin Huber's idea now is to play at least five more seasons and play the most games in his hometown team's history with a special teams group always in the hunt for the league's top ranking. When the Bengals play in Miami Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati's Local 12) and Huber, of the Anderson Township Hubers, punts in his 186th game, he passes the greatest Bengal of them all, Hall-of-Famer Anthony Muñoz.
Bengals Vets Start Last Week of Spring Meetings
The Bengals veterans began their last week of virtual meetings Monday and the coaches get the rookies for another week in what is shaping up to be one of their most well-prepared teams when it comes to the playbook currently on file. But special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons would make a trade.
Bengals Not Ready To Bounce Onside Kick
Since the NFL's most-tenured special teams coordinator resides at Paul Brown Stadium you can be sure one of the oldest gadgets in the game remains in the Bengals' arsenal even as the NFL mulls a trial run that would replace it up to twice a game this season.
Colt Anderson Looking To Give Bengals' No. 1 Special Teams A Kick
Darrin Simmons, who has been coordinating the Bengals special teams since Colt Anderson played on them for Butte High School, had the old Montana Grizzly in his sights on his computer screen. The video clicked out of 2016, when Anderson, the Bengals' new assistant special teams coach, played just two games running down kicks for the Bills before he broke his arm. It's that bruising hands-on experience that sold the Bengals.
Something Old, Something New Jolts Bengals Into Training Camp
On Tuesday Bengals president Mike Brown showed up with his new 36-year-old head coach, a fresh-faced tag-team partner named Zac Taylor that has him looking at things just a little bit differently these days in his eighth decade of training camps. "Maybe that's a good thing for us to have this jolt," Brown said during the club's official opening of training camp.