Zac Taylor on boos at home: We didn’t give them a good enough product

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There were plenty of empty seats at Paul Brown Stadium for Sunday’s game between the Bengals and 49ers and it’s hard to imagine any absent Bengals fans second-guessed their decision to stay away.

The 49ers routed the Bengals 41-17 and the fans that did show up responded to the home team’s effort with boos. Running back Joe Mixon called it “definitely frustrating” to hear that reaction and quarterback Andy Dalton said he doesn’t “know what that accomplishes,” but head coach Zac Taylor had a more empathetic response after the loss.

“We were playing poorly in all three phases,” Taylor said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It was not anything to be excited about if I was a fan in the stands that paid money to come to that game. It’s on us to fix the issues we have and play better and the fans will rally behind that. But right now, we didn’t give them a good enough product to be excited about.”

The Bengals will be in Buffalo and Pittsburgh before returning home to face the Cardinals on October 6. If the next two weeks don’t show some improvement, those empty seats and boos will likely remain part of the landscape in Cincinnati.

14 responses to “Zac Taylor on boos at home: We didn’t give them a good enough product

  1. Until they fix the offensive line the Bengals will be a back and forth team. They put up a good effort against Seattle because the line had a good day. Yesterday not so much. They have talent at the skill positions but almost none on that offensive line. If they draft a stud lineman next year to go with a promising Guard in Michael Jordan and when Williams comes back that should be a major improvement.

  2. There were way more Niners fans there than there were Bengals fans. It’s cool to see that as a Niners fan, but to be a Bengals fan, at your home opener, and to have that place not filled with Bengals fans…that sucks. Bengals fans deserve better than what’s on the field now.

  3. niners816 says:
    September 16, 2019 at 8:26 am
    There were way more Niners fans there than there were Bengals fans. It’s cool to see that as a Niners fan, but to be a Bengals fan, at your home opener, and to have that place not filled with Bengals fans…that sucks. Bengals fans deserve better than what’s on the field now.

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    Not true. There were more Bengals fans through halftime. After that dumpster fire of a game, the Bengals fans left. I was there unfortunately.

    The Andy Dalton comment is what bothers me most. Fans reactions shows that he needs to play better. He played like garbage. And this is coming from a guy who defends Andy a lot. His comment reminds me of something Marvin would have said.

    I hope Zac and the coaches can figure out a way to make this Swiss cheese O-line open holes for the RBs and not the Defense to run through.

  4. Honestly, I think even in two losses to open the season, Zac Taylor is a good hire. The rest of the staff, I don’t know. In Seattle, that defense looked solid. Against the 49ers, it looked like Kyle Shanahan was an NFL OC and Lou Anarumo was a position coach trying to call a defense. No one wanted to tackle yesterday. Bengals fans can handle losses, been doing it for years, but letting Matt Breida gash them for 10 yards a pop and giving up wide-open TDs in the passing game are embarrassing.

    The Bengals are bereft of talent on the offensive line and linebacker. Hopkins can play center, but Turner and co. need to find out where Billy Price can play. Abandoning a 1st round pick in year two when the offensive line can’t get much worse is concerning. Not having Cordy Glenn hurts, but he hasn’t been worth the cost when he’s been in there. Bobby Hart is Bobby Hart, and I can’t begin to justify why he’s on the starting line. Maybe the 49ers are world-beaters. But the Bengals were literal paper tigers yesterday.

  5. @collectordude – I think it is more likely that without the fans the Bengals will be playing somewhere else besides Cincinnati.

  6. Maybe they were booing Mikey Brown and the stellar job he has done running that team…into the ground.

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