Of the eight jobs that were available in the 2019 hiring cycle, many would have put Cincinnati at or near the bottom. One guy didn’t.
Coincidentally, he’s the one who got the job.
Zac Taylor tells Peter King of Football Morning in America that Taylor viewed the Bengals job as the best of the bunch.
“A lot of coaches wouldn’t look at this place the way I did among the jobs that were available this year,” Taylor said. “For me, this would be close to the number one job. . . . No. This IS the number one job. It’s exactly what I want in a coaching job, everything I hoped for.”
Taylor spent a year in the city working for the University of Cincinnati, and he said that he and his wife “fell in love” with the town. He also believes in the Bengals organization.
“The Brown family is very big on loyalty in a cut-throat, bottom-line, dog-eat-dog league, when often you might just get two years to turn a program around,” Taylor said. “I just felt this was the right place at the right time. They hadn’t changed coaches in 16 years, and if they were going to change, this organization had the values I embraced.”
The son-in-law of former Packers coach Mike Sherman, Sherman advised Taylor to be himself. That’s becoming a common theme among NFL coaches. Whether they succeed or not, the carousel will spin every year — and multiple coaches will end up no longer being coaches.
Although the Bengals may be more patient than other teams, Taylor will need to win a certain number of games in order to remain employed over the long haul.