Bengals officially announce Zac Taylor as head coach

AP

Zac Taylor was the quarterbacks coach for the Rams in Atlanta during Super Bowl LIII on Sunday night, but he has a new title a little more than 12 hours after that game ended with a 13-3 Los Angeles loss.

The Bengals weren’t able to officially announce Taylor as their new head coach until the Rams were done playing in the postseason and they didn’t wait too long to finalize the deal. The team announced that Taylor has officially been hired on Monday afternoon.

“I am happy and fortunate to join the Cincinnati Bengals as head coach,” Taylor said in a statement. “This is a great organization with good people and a rich history, and I am excited to get started. I am looking to add to that history by setting high standards, and holding everyone here accountable to those standards. There is a lot of work to do, and this is day one. We’re going to attack every day with enthusiasm to get this team ready to go.”

Bengals owner Mike Brown “embraces new ideas and new ways to do things” and calls that a good thing along with the “offensive mind and background” that helped the Rams advance to the Super Bowl this season. The Bengals have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday to formally introduce Taylor to Cincinnati.

41 responses to “Bengals officially announce Zac Taylor as head coach

  1. Mike Brown embraces new ideas? Sure if it will save him money but this is same guy who refuses to build a indoor practice facility.

  2. I think the Bengals are a wild card in the Nick Foles trade market. I still think the Jaguars are the overwhelming favorites to land Nick Foles but I don’t discount the chance that a new coach will want an upgrade from Andy Dalton.

    I could envision the Bengals unloading Dalton on his old OC Jay Gruden in Washington and then trading for Foles.

  3. He was a nepotistic Dolphins hire by his father in law Mike Sherman as Tannehill’s first QB coach. Was pretty worthless as was his FIL. I’d look for Sherman who coached the worst CFL team to join the staff. Good luck with that.

  4. Yeah if he was smart he reported to work first thing this morning and did whatever he needed to do to make it official before anyone could change their mind.

    After yesterday, the fad of hiring young “offensive geniuses” may be starting to come to an end. The Kingsbury experiment won’t help.

  5. Great hire and I love that they’re letting Taylor start from scratch with his own coaching staff. This is a good start. That said, we’ll just have to see about Mike Brown being totally open to new ideas. How about they expand that scouting department and build the practice facility they claimed was imminent back in 2011?

  6. So the Bengals finally dumped Marv and replaced him with the apprentice to the guy who just admitted he was outcoached (and overhyped?) in the Super Bowl. Congrats!

  7. Based on the way Goff played last night, I don’t think that the Bengals’ fans should hold their breath that Taylor is going to turn it around for them.

  8. Deb says:
    February 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm
    So the Bengals finally dumped Marv and replaced him with the apprentice to the guy who just admitted he was outcoached (and overhyped)
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    Very few people can say they outcoached BB in any game. I found it refreshing that he took some of the heat for that performance.

  9. Something tells me Bengal fans are going to be doing a lot of that what were we thinking like Lion fans were doing this year when they thought Jim Caldwell was so terrible. It’s your organizations people. Doubt a 35 year old who has never even been a coordinator before can overcome all of that. He has no idea how it really works with the Bengals, lol.

  10. Dolphin fans can chime in on this, when Tannehill was drafted in 2012, he had the 3rd most passing yards in his first 4 yrs as QB in the history of the NFL (behind Manning and Marino). The jury is still out as the other coaches Taylor brings in has as much to do with the Bengals success, as he does. Jury is still out. Sam Wyche was 38 and had a 1-11 record at Indiana before taking over in Cincinnati. Let’s see what he can do.

  11. yaz67 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm
    Rich history?

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    2 Super Bowls in the 80’s. MVP Boomer Esiason. Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz. Founded by the legendary Paul Brown. Invented the “West Coast” offense and the no-huddle. Sure, they aren’t the Patriots, but they aren’t the Lions, either.

  12. jimmyjohns01 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm
    Based on how Goff played yesterday, I think this guy is receiving too much credit for Rams’ success.

    So you’re basing his future coaching success/failure on 1 game last night? Fantastic Logic!

  13. “Based on how Goff played yesterday, I think this guy is receiving too much credit for Rams’ success.”

    Based on the Patriots’ defense against Brett Favre and the Packers in the Super Bowl, I’d be surprised if that defensive coordinator guy Belichick ever gets another coaching offer

  14. jm91rs says:
    February 4, 2019 at 3:12 pm
    Deb says:
    February 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm
    So the Bengals finally dumped Marv and replaced him with the apprentice to the guy who just admitted he was outcoached (and overhyped)
    —————————
    Very few people can say they outcoached BB in any game. I found it refreshing that he took some of the heat for that performance.

    ——————————————

    Agreed! But the Bengals didn’t hire him.

  15. Is he old enough for the Bengals to have to pay full minimum wage? Or can they save a few bucks by paying him a training wage until he turns 18?

  16. You know how a cheap nfl owner controls player salaries???

    You hire an inexperienced young coach who has never been a head coach,
    cut the old guys (“different direction” bs), nickel and dime the new coach,
    and when he fails you blame it on his in inexperience.

    The fans will always blame it on the coach or the quarterback.

  17. Nothing changes unless Mike Brown is open to accepting and acting on new ideas rather than listening and nodding. If they continue to overdraft combine wonders and sit out the first few days of free agency only to pick over scrap heap guys later, it will be the same-old same old.

    I do like the idea of dangling Andy Dalton in front of the Redskins for a box of hammers.

  18. I’m flabbergasted on the comments. The Bengals fired Marvin Lewis which was the perfect move. Now they are trying something completely new with young fresh minds and again, negative comments. No one is going to be completely happy. Bengals are giving a shot to something that’s trending positively in the NFL and good for them for trying.

  19. When the Bengals lose, let’s see how many roast him and call him unqualified the way they did Vance Joseph. This dude has done nothing to warrant a HC job.

  20. Something tells me this will not turn out well. Some of these These Young hired head coaches with zero experience are going to get run over by their teams.

  21. I’m still trying to figure out how being a QBs coach for an NFL team for 1 season qualifies you to be a HC for another team. I mean, if he as an OC, i could at least see that, but his last job was literally coaching 1 guy and now he’s responsible for 53?

    Yeah, I see nothing possibly going wrong here…

  22. Deb says:
    February 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm
    So the Bengals finally dumped Marv and replaced him with the apprentice to the guy who just admitted he was outcoached (and overhyped?) in the Super Bowl. Congrats!

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    He lost to the same coach that spanks the Steelers nearly every year. Nothing to be ashamed of.

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    grumpysal says:
    February 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm
    I’m still trying to figure out how being a QBs coach for an NFL team for 1 season qualifies you to be a HC for another team. I mean, if he as an OC, i could at least see that, but his last job was literally coaching 1 guy and now he’s responsible for 53?

    Yeah, I see nothing possibly going wrong here…

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    Perhaps you should look up how experienced other recent HC hires are. For instance, the Dolphins hired Brian Flores, who has no coordinator experience at all (unlike Zac Taylor, who has 1 year as an interim coordinator, and 1 year at the collegiate level). Many new hires have little experience as coordinators lately. Seeing how many coordinators aren’t really the coordinator (see Eagles, Rams, Chiefs, etc), experience at that position isn’t as important as it once was.

  23. On paper, this is the worst HC hire I’ve ever seen. It’s a shameless attempt to cash in on a trend, and if one of these hires (LaFleur, Kingsbury, Taylor) works out I’ll be shocked.

  24. Great job . Go to Cincy no pressure to to win stink,the place up, work on the cheap . Coach there for 10 years .

  25. Two months ago it was Marvin has to go! We need change! Cant have this! So, all coaches fired. Bring in all new leadership. Lets try blowing it up and starting new. So they did. Now, wah, wah , wah, the other way. You folks are fickle.

  26. Its funny how many people in the comments think they’re an expert.

    Love to go back and read the comments when the Raiders signed Rich Gannon back in ’99. People laughed at the time. Laughed when the Rams went with Kurt Warner instead of signing a vet. People laughed when Bellichik started Testaverde and got rid of Kosar when he went to the Browns (again a good move)

    Who knows how Tannehill will do with the Dolphins or another team ?

    As someone else said above people wanted Lewis gone and now theyre criticising this move. Taylor ‘might’ do a great job. Lets come back to this in two years instead of laughing the second a team signs a QB or a new coach. People seem to think they know instantly what’ll happen

  27. for all the people complaining about Taylor, how Goff played in SB, i bet there are 30 other QB coaches who would have loved to have the opportunity.

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