Zac Taylor emerges as favorite for Bengals job

AP

The Bengals appear ready to choose Zac Taylor as their next head coach.

Taylor, the Rams’ quarterbacks coach, is the Bengals’ choice, according to multiple reports.

Officially, the Bengals cannot hire Taylor until the Rams’ postseason is over. As the Colts found out last year when they were spurned at the last minute by Josh McDaniels, an assistant coach who works for another team can’t be hired until his team is done playing, and a verbal agreement is unenforceable.

But from all indications, Taylor is the man. A 35-year-old former Nebraska quarterback, Taylor will draw immediate comparisons to his boss, Rams head coach Sean McVay, because of his age and his offensive approach. McVay is such a hot coach that several teams have attempted to hire the “next Sean McVay” this year.

Taylor has previously worked as the Rams’ wide receivers coach, the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and the offensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati.

63 responses to “Zac Taylor emerges as favorite for Bengals job

  1. Too early to call this one. But Bengals fans should be happy to shake up a stagnant staff and get some young creative blood. Hoping he brings Waldron as OC. Assuming they are a package deal since they both interviewed. I know a lot of fans favored Bienemy, and not everyone McVay touches is in fact McVay but this could be a good hire. Time will tell.

  2. The NFL has really taken a turn. Now it looks like to me team are trying the sexy pick and it is a good time to be a QB coach I guess. In a few years from now when defenses have caught up they will all move to getting defensive guys and this rush on young inexperienced coach will be seen as a fad and a bust.

  3. How the heck would you know if he did more than Gase with Tannehill? Oh right, you actually have no idea and you’re just guessing.

  4. I would be thrilled! I don`t know how he`ll do but he`s a complete 180 degrees from Marvin Lewis and that was the most important thing to me.

  5. Where is the uproar over this or Lafuer as there was for KK? I think KK has FAR more experience than Taylor or Lafuer. Just because your an Asst in the NFL doesnt make you a better candidate than a P5 HC.

  6. Kinda getting tired of this McVay stuff. Comparing coaches to him I mean.

    People have to remember, the Rams have a lot of talented players on the team, even before McVay was hired.

    Not really fair to all the teams that don’t posses that kind of talent.

    Will see how this stuff turns out in a few years.

  7. These remarks on here are ridiculous. No one has a clue what any team will do next season.
    Go and look into your crystal balls, with these first time HC’s
    Some of the coaches could be horrible.

  8. The new resume buzz word for NFL HC jobs is McVay.
    Look he’s done a great job for 2 years, but he hasn’t won a playoff game and his teams have slowed late in the season. Making all of his friends HCs might not be as awesome as it seems now.

  9. If McVay thought he was so great wouldn’t he have made him his OC like he did with LaFleur.

    The dude is still a QB coach. Now some of you are trying to imply he is the 2nd coming of Bill Walsh.

  10. Edward Halverson says:
    January 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Kinda getting tired of this McVay stuff. Comparing coaches to him I mean.

    People have to remember, the Rams have a lot of talented players on the team, even before McVay was hired.

    Not really fair to all the teams that don’t posses that kind of talent.

    ———–
    So with all the talent the Rams had prior to hiring McVay, how come the Rams sucked? Maybe coaching makes a difference?

  11. Not so much in this picture but in others he has more than a passing resemblance to Palmer. That may jinx him.

  12. It’s a fresh start and that’s exactly what the Bengals needed. If they didn’t make changes they were going to risk losing a generation of fans that have known nothing but the Marvin era. Only coach I ever really knew was Marvin since I’ve followed this team.

  13. alewatcher says:
    January 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    So with all the talent the Rams had prior to hiring McVay, how come the Rams sucked? Maybe coaching makes a difference?

    ========================================

    Well yes, but lets remember, it was Jeff Fisher.

  14. I didn’t realize until just this minute I was hoping the Bengals would trade for Mike Tomlin.

  15. Its not just in the NFL where they are hiring these coaches who haven’t hit puberty yet, in the NHL they did it too with general managers who love analytics. Not a bad approach to try and be innovative, but when it goes wrong like the general manager on the Arizona coyotes, it looks really bad.

  16. farewellfaircruelty says:

    January 10, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    How the heck would you know if he did more than Gase with Tannehill? Oh right, you actually have no idea and you’re just guessing.

    I know because I have eyes and watch my team play every week. I saw the areas tannehill progressed year to year and where he regressed. Under Taylor he got incrementally better. He never did worse from the year before.

  17. Man the Bengals are dumb. They might have found the only candidate less likely to succeed than Hue Jackson.

  18. David Shula all over again. This guy was at best the third best coach the rams have. As for McVay, it’s always easier to be a “brilliant” coach when you have a real star talent at quarterback. Ask Phil Jackson how life was without Michael Jordan or Coby Bryant. Belichick became brilliant after hooking up with Brady..

  19. What has McVay won so far, that everyone wants to emulate him?
    Maybe I am missing something. When he wins a Super Bowl, if he does, then that might be different,
    but right rnow he’s just ‘a coach’.

  20. People shouldn’t hold it against McVay for others picking off his coaches. McVay is smart and very humble, and he deserves credit for going 11-5 and 13-3 in his only two seasons. Hopefully they beat Dallas!

  21. He is inexperienced. He got a job at A&M because his father-in-law was coach. He took over mid-year as OC for the Dolphins and the offense regressed. He took over a top 10 offense at UC and finished in the bottom 10. He took over the QB job with the Rams this year and the only real difference in Goff’s stats are his INTs almost doubled.

  22. Go and look into your crystal balls,

    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    This made me chuckle.

  23. “If this happens, they’ll be the next dynasty..Taylor+Dalton=Multuple Rings”

    Lolz the Red BB Gun isn’t ever going to be in a Super Bowl.

  24. This is the stupidest coac hiring season I’ve ever seen. Never been a head coach, Great. Never coached in the nfl Awesome. Hiring a bunch of very young unproven head coaches is a recipe for disaster.

  25. b412 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    David Shula all over again.
    ————————————————————–
    I have no idea if he`ll workout but it`s not the same as Shula because Taylor actually got interviews with other teams that thought he was an up and coming coach too where as Shula was a guy no other team was even considering.

  26. b412 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    Belichick became brilliant after hooking up with Brady..

    —————-

    BB was an NFL assistant coach at 23. He was a position coach at 25. At 26 he was coaching Tom Jackson on that great Orange Crush Denver defense when Tom Brady was still an unborn fetus.

    At 29 he was the position coach for some rookie named Lawrence Taylor and the greatest linebacker corps in NFL history before he became DC at 33 and effectively invented the modern multiple front 3-4 defense (yes, it was first pioneered by rival Oilers coach Bum Phillips with how he used Robert Brazille, but BB took it places nobody had imagined before).

    He was the “Sean McVay” of the late 80’s but waited for the right situation and became the Browns coach at 39 and is still the last Cleveland Browns coach to win a playoff game when he had the NFL’s #1 defense in 1994.

    You think a 21st century QB from Michigan is what made BB a genius? Really? What are your thoughts on Lloyd Carr then? C’mon…

    Shula, if you recall, only ending up in Cincy in the first place because he was famously demoted by Jimmy Johnson in Dallas…the only coach he’d ever worked under besides his father. It’s highly improbable that anybody other than cheapskate Paul Brown would have even considered him as a head coaching candidate.

    Look we don’t know what this guy is going to be and there’s only one way to find out. I can’t blame him for striking while the iron is hot, but at the same time he might think about taking a page out of Belichick’s playbook and waiting for the right situation. He’ll always be handicapped by the ownership situation in Cincy.

    P.S. It’s Kobe.

  27. annes22 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 9:02 pm
    What has McVay won so far, that everyone wants to emulate him?
    Maybe I am missing something. When he wins a Super Bowl, if he does, then that might be different,
    but right rnow he’s just ‘a coach’.
    ===========================================

    He changed a team that sucked for 13 years.

    That is why he is in the light.

  28. It’s strange that people don’t think Goff took a huge leap this year. I’m no Sashi Brown but weren’t all of Goff’s stats including passer rating, TD’s, total yards, yards per and completion % career highs? Seems his QB coach may have just the slightest to do with that – given it was Taylor this year. No one in their right mind should be anointing this guy as anything other than a coach with potential. Could be a huge bust. But it appears the Bengals are attempting to challenge the warm fuzzy feeling of familiarity. 16 years of consistency, now people want to scold them for going the other direction.

  29. If the Rams lose to the Cowboys this weekend, will all these newly hired sexy coaches be fired before the season even starts?

  30. Lol @ Everyone trying to hire “the next McVay.” You realize what he’s doing is special because it rarely happens right? For every McVay there are 10 McDaniels. My guess is this guy lasts about 2 seasons before he’s a coordinator again. Same for Kingsbury. He got fired from a Big 12 school where nobody plays defense and has never spent a day on an NFL staff! That hire is hilarious.

  31. Coaching makes a difference. Those ignoramus who think otherwise have been proven wrong, not just by the Rams changing their fortune after hiring a new coach, but by many other teams who drastically improved after hiring good coaches. Just look at the Browns before and after the firing of Hue Jackson.

  32. I am surprised that so many teams are overlooking Eric Bieniemy. He should have gotten a head coaching gig over several of the other folks.

  33. Just a thought as everything we read isn’t the whole truth. Who is to say the Bengals have decided on Bienemy as their HC, and Bienemy has reached out to Taylor AND Waldron to lead the Offense. All 3 will be given promotions making it possible to happen. Just a thought as the silence on the matter makes it very evident the selection(s) are coming from the teams still playing this weekend. Another note, Sam Wyche not only was 38, but was 1-11 in his final year coaching Indiana before being hired by the Bengals.

  34. I can understand the reason behind this choice/rumor. Andy Dalton has been underperforming. In came Hue Jackson as assistant coach and Dalton and the Bengals had a great year. Jackson was then hired as HC by Cleveland, and Dalton had a couple of mediocre seasons. When Jackson was rehired, Dalton did not improve. So, they think a coach who is good with quarterbacks will be a good bet to make Dalton great again (no pun intended). If Dalton plays well, then the Bengals will be competitive for a division title.

  35. Bengals nation, you’re killing me! We’ve grumbled for a few years now that they needed to fire Marvin Lewis. They did. We were scared to death they were going to hire from within. They didn’t. Now you’re complaining that they’re hiring someone that’s not Marvin Lewis or from within? Why, because he doesn’t have head coaching experience? Neither does Bieniemy. Neither does Monken. The bottom line is that it’s the fresh start we’ve been craving for years. Honestly, I don’t care if is a colossal failure. At least they’re trying something new for a change. I’m just happy that the Bengals are starting to come out of the shadows and be progressive.

  36. Just wait, this NFL follow-the-herd mentality in hiring young coaches with limited experience off the McVay/Reid coaching trees is largely gonna backfire. There has to be a reasonable medium between hiring a retread and starting fresh.

  37. annes22 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 9:02 pm
    What has McVay won so far, that everyone wants to emulate him?
    Maybe I am missing something. When he wins a Super Bowl, if he does, then that might be different,
    but right rnow he’s just ‘a coach’.

    ————————————-

    Why? McVay took over a team who didn’t have a winning season for over 10 years to the playoffs two years in a row. He’s doing something right.

  38. I think hiring inexperienced, young coaches is an overall bad trend for the league and long term will lead to a lower quality product on the field.

  39. I love this hire for a good young offensive mind outside of the organization and finally getting away from the normal routine of an inside hire to retread the Mike Brown way. He along with Eric Bieniemy were my two top choices of becoming head coach because of their offensive mind set. I know a lot of people think this is a reach to hire Taylor but he is smart and has a great working relationship with all of his players. If the Bengals allow him to choose his own staff then I think he will do wonders for the team. I am excited to see what he will bring to the Bengals next season. Thank you Mike Brown for letting your daughter Katie and her husband Troy to finally make the decision on who will run the team and give them majority control which is what this organization needed. Who Dey

  40. How long before the email comes out confirming that the Bengals offered the position to Zac Taylor while he was preparing his team for the playoffs in violation of league rules? Any team that thought it was morally acceptable to keep putting Vontaze Burfict on the field year after year should have no problem skirting hiring rules.

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