Bengals announce Zac Taylor will return

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Is 6-25-1 good enough to get Bengals coach Zac Taylor a third year on the job? Yes, it is.

The Bengals have announced that Taylor will return for 2021.

“Our fans wanted a fresh new direction two years ago, and that is what we aimed to do in hiring a bright, energetic head coach in Zac Taylor,” Bengals owner Mike Brown said in a statement issued Monday morning. “We remain bullish on the foundation Zac is building, and we look forward to next year giving our fans the winning results we all want. In Zac’s two years, we have added many new starters and contributors through the draft, we have invested heavily in free agency, and we have acquired a talented young quarterback with a bright future.

“This season we faced challenges with injuries at key positions and missed opportunities. I am proud of our football team for fighting hard through adversity. That adversity and hard work will help us next season. We’ll enter the offseason looking to shore up our weaknesses and amplify the strengths of our talented young core. We are not discouraged, but instead feel motivated and confident that next year will reap the benefits of the work that has been done to date. We must capitalize on the opportunities in front of us. Next year we will earn our stripes.”

The Bengals “acquired a talented young quarterback” because they bottomed out in 2019 with a 2-14 record. They doubled their wins in 2020, but lost quarterback Joe Burrow along the way to a serious knee injury.

But the Bengals have a habit of not firing coaches with guaranteed salary left on their contracts. That may have saved Taylor, or at a minimum it may have been a factor.

It will be interesting to see whether and to what extent staff changes are made, given that Taylor stay. Regardless, Taylor will be back for a third season in charge of the only AFC North team that didn’t make it to the playoffs in 2020.

29 responses to “Bengals announce Zac Taylor will return

  1. Bengals are the most frugal franchise in the NFL. With that said, the direction for the team would have been different if not for the injuries to Burrow and Mixon and the team has a better chemistry than in years past.

  2. “The Bengals have a habit of not firing coaches with guaranteed salary left on their contracts.”

    So true.

    Last year, offensive line guru Bill Callahan was on the market. His freaking son, Brian Callahan, is the Bengals offensive coordinator. Yet the Bengals stuck with awful Jim Turner for another year, presumably because he was still under contract. And now Joe Burrow is rehabbing.

  3. Great job Mike, Katie & Troy!!!!

    Let’s keep the coach who throws the ball 70% of the time with a bottom 5 offensive line….

    3 & 2 from your own 11 yard line….Zac Taylor calls for a 12-15 yard out pattern from the far hash mark… incomplete, Joe Burrow’s knee is shredded.

    You can’t make up the incompetence at every level….for decades on end!!!!

    2026 can’t come soon enough…lease is up, Bengals leave because they “can’t get the support for the stadium upgrades that are need to keep competitive”, according to Mgmt

  4. he didn’t have much to work with especially after burrow went down and his team still played hard most weeks, yesterday being the exception

  5. Bengals are actually not that far away, have another solid draft, a couple key FA signings, and get Burrow back, they could be dangerous. They need to completely rebuild that front 7, should not give up 400 yards rushing at the pro level.

  6. I get this one. They opted to rebuild and they are still doing it. If there isn’t major improvement next year, then he’ll be gone.

  7. Hey I totally understand why they want to bring him back…. 4 wins is a lot for the Bengals!

  8. I think this is the exception too the rule. Has a bad team, drafts a young QB, young QB gets injured. I don’t think any HC can do much better. That said, the pieces outside of QB need to start showing up. That way if a key player does go down, the team still competes.

  9. He was brought in as a 4 year project. I’ve been up and down on him but mostly down. Here’s to hoping the O-line gets solidified and to not breaking Joe Burrow in 2021!

  10. Sad but not surprising. Im sure the website is crashing will all the bengals fans excited to sign up for season tickets for next year.

  11. Only in Cincinnati will 6 wins in 2 years be acceptable to ownership. What a pathetic franchise. Too bad you can’t fire the worst owner in the history
    of professional sports Mike Brown.

  12. Holding out to see how many assistants they fire and who is brought in to replace them.

    This was always the most likely result – partly because of the contract but also I think Mike Brown has a slow firing trigger because of the way Modell did his dad dirty back in Cleveland.

  13. Burrow likes Taylor, that also played a significant factor. The rest (outside of Simmons & Pitcher) can go, and should. Last line of the Brown’s statement spells it out – if Taylor can’t right the ship next year, he’s out – contract or not. I’m not sold on Taylor AT ALL yet, but throwing a young inexperienced coach out after 2 years filled with some of the most wild circumstances and injuries seen – seems debatable at a minimum. They bought in early on Taylor, allowing a couple years to grow into the position. If Burrow comes back healthy, and they don’t sniff the playoffs next season, it’s full reboot time.

  14. Well listen, when you’ve found that magical losing formula, you don’t let it go… it’s the Mike Brown way!

  15. Cincinnati have good people and fantastic fans they deserve better than the ownership they have.

  16. 2020iswild says:
    January 4, 2021 at 9:42 am
    Bengals are actually not that far away, have another solid draft, a couple key FA signings, and get Burrow back, they could be dangerous. They need to completely rebuild that front 7, should not give up 400 yards rushing at the pro level.
    ____________________________________________________________________________
    I like your optimism, but saying they aren’t far away and then saying they need at least 7 new starters on D is a bit funny.

  17. Hopefully he clears out some of those assistant coaches and he can get a jump assembling a staff over other teams starting from scratch

  18. 2026 can’t come soon enough…lease is up, Bengals leave because they “can’t get the support for the stadium upgrades that are need to keep competitive”, according to Mgmt

    Do you think the city has enough guts to play hardball with them? I used to live in Cincy and they always bent over backwards to keep the Bungles and Mike Brown used that leverage every chance he got. In the 90s he even got city council to agree to pay him for every empty seat. What a deal. I would think the taxpayers have had enough of subsidizing the Brown family fortunes. I’m sure they can find another city desperate enough to meet his wishes but would soon regret it.

    It’s sad. That franchise has a rich history having been founded by one of the most respected people in football–Paul Brown. Too bad Mike Brown doesn’t have 1% of his Dad’s knowledge about football. Mike Brown has no business being an owner.

  19. Pathetic! Zak will win 6-7 games next year winning the last 3 games of the year and be retained because the Bengals under Mike Brown are satisfied to be mediocre and doesn’t care about the fans period!

  20. For all you really ignorant people who can’t wait for 2026 to get here, let me ask you this; Do you really think the NFL will award Cincinnati another franchise? This is a small market baseball-oriented midsized city in the Midwest/Mideast that has had attendance problems and has major racial issues. Let’s get real. If the Bengals were to leave, it would be the end of professional football in this area. It would be the same situation as with the NBA. Look at St. Louis. If we want NFL here, this is it. We can win with the right coaching and a continued change of attitude by management. We also need some better luck.

  21. Worst owner in pro sports history. Entire front office is littered with inept family. They have no riches outside of the football team, so they run the team strictly as a business. Treats fans like an inconvenience, and makes statements that seem to rub fans boxes in it (you wanted change, well here ya go, now you’re stuck with a terrible HC cuz I’ll never fire him). Tis a shame for all Cincinnatians.

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