Coaching Carousel Stunner: Bengals' Jay Hayes To Tampa Bay

Longtime Marvin Lewis friend and coaching associate leaves behind his brother to join former Bengals coach Mark Duffner in Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning into a sort of Cincinnati South, with some surprising and even shocking additions to their Bengals-flavored coaching staff.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that new Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter is bringing in Jay Hayes as defensive line coach. Hayes will serve under new Bucs defensive coordinator, former Falcons head coach Mike Smith.

Reports from Foxsports.com have two more assistants, including another former Bengals coach, joining the Bucs.

Tampa Bay let go head coach Lovie Smith and former Bengals DC Leslie Frazier, among others, in its latest coaching purge. Frazier is heading to Baltimore to become a Ravens defensive assistant, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Hayes has been the Bengals' defensive line coach since 2003, and was an original Marvin Lewis hire that year. Hayes' departure in a lateral move away from Cincinnati is a bit of a stunner.

Not only has Hayes been with Lewis the entire time in Cincinnati while putting together some formidable defensive lines that include two Bengals linemen in this year's Pro Bowl, but so has Hayes' brother, Jonathan Hayes, the Bengals' tight ends coach. Lewis and the Hayes, all from the same part of western Pennsylvania, have a personal friendship going back almost 40 years.

The families have known each other for longer than that. According to a published report, the families were among the founders of the First Baptist Church in McDonald, Penn., where Lewis grew up. Doris Lewis, Marvin's aunt and godmother, was best friends with Florence Joy Hayes, Jay and Jonathan's mother. Jay and Jonathan grew up in neighboring Sturgeon.

"I'm blessed to have Jay and Jonathan here with me for so long (with the Bengals)," Lewis once told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We all grew up in the church and the Sunday school."

Also expected to join the Bucs' staff is former Bengals coach Mark Duffner, who was Cincinnati linebackers coach from 1997–2000 and linebackers coach/defensive coordinator from 2001-02.


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