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Brayden Coombs leaves Bengals to become Lions’ special teams coordinator

Darrin Simmons’ right-hand man received a well-deserved promotion with another team.

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After watching linebackers coach Tem Lukabu accept the defensive coordinator position at Boston College last week, the Cincinnati Bengals now have another coaching vacancy to fill.

The Detroit Lions have hired Brayden Coombs as their new special teams coordinator.

Coombs had been Cincinnati’s assistant special teams coach for the past seven years. During his 10 seasons with the team, he had also served roles such as offensive assistant (2012), quality control (2013-15), defensive quality control (2016-17) and offensive quality control (2018).

A former wide receiver for Miami University, Coombs originally joined the Bengals staff in 2009 as a coaching intern. It didn’t take long for his value as a coach to be recognized by special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons. The two have worked together for the better part of a decade and Coombs’ name quickly became a hot commodity. Just last year, it was rumored that Coombs was being courted by the Green Bay Packers to be their special teams coordinator.

Coombs’ promotion has been a long-time coming, and now he’ll reunite with Kyle Caskey in Detroit. Caskey was the Bengals’ running backs coach from 2010-2018.

The Lions don’t play the Bengals until 2021, but the two coaching staffs will meet in the Senior Bowl next week, making for a quick reunion between the master, Simmons, and the apprentice, Coombs.