Zac Taylor’s simple criteria for a quarterback: “A winner”

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Some say wins aren’t a quarterback statistic. Bengals coach Zac Taylor apparently isn’t one of the some.

Taylor, embarking on his second season with the Bengals, has fairly simple criteria for what he’s looking for in a quarterback.

“A guy that elevates his teammates, accurate, has the best understanding of the playbook of anyone on the roster and a winner,” Taylor recently told Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I want a winner, that’s it.”

Based on the team’s record in 2019, that doesn’t bode well for Andy Dalton or Ryan Finley, who combined to go 2-14. And it does bode well for Joe Burrow, who went 15-0 last season with LSU.

Quarterbacks can impact winning, given their ability to inspire and hold accountable their teammates, prompting the whole to become greater than the sum of the parts. It’s an intangible quality that isn’t conducive to statistics or analytics, but it’s a very real consideration if/when a team finds a true leader at the quarterback position who can indeed lift the overall performance of the franchise.

The early indications continue to be that the Bengals will select Burrow. It’s still very early in the process, however, and the Bengals don’t have to make a decision for nearly three more months. There’s no reason not to take as much time as possible before finalizing a plan.

7 responses to “Zac Taylor’s simple criteria for a quarterback: “A winner”

  1. Every coach is looking for a winner. Some people don’t understand what coaches are talking about when they say that. They’re looking for a guy who has the skillset and the mentality to lead a pro team. Patrick Mahomes was below .500 in college, but Andy Reid saw a winner. John Elway was below .500 at Stanford, but you could see the kid was going to be a winner, if given half a chance to succeed. By the same token, having a winning record in college doesn’t automatically make you look like a winner in every pro coach’s eyes.

  2. Only issue here is can Opie really determine what a winner is? Based on his first season as the coach of the Bungles fans really have to question that.

  3. I like Zac Taylor. I like the direction he is pointing his team in. His players played hard for him this year, I noticed. If he hits a bulls-eye with this first pick, and other top rounders, the AFC NORTH will get interesting again

  4. From a purely football perspective, trading out and acquiring picks to reload the roster might end up being the best decision.

    From a fan perspective, we will literally revolt if they don’t pick Burrow (which I personally think is the best football decision as well). Our fanbase needs a shot of hope, some life.

    If our attendance was bad last year (first time in over 30 years I didnt go to more than 1 home game) if they trot out Dalton for another year when Burrow is available, the stadium may very well be empty (and I like Dalton).

    Burrow has to be the pick. Period.

  5. If the bungles were smart they would take the kid from Oregon. I hope they don’t and he lands somewhere on the NFC side of the spectrum. They will do something stupid like trade the pick with someone in the AFC for picks or take yet another wide Receiver.

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