Joe Burrow: I think Zac Taylor is going to be a really good coach

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Though head coach Zac Taylor is 6-25-1 in two seasons, the Bengals elected to bring him back for a third year.

That record may at least be partially impacted by quarterback Joe Burrow tearing his ACL and MCL during the club’s Week 11 matchup with Washington. But Taylor will at least have 2021 to show progress within the club’s development.

Burrow said Tuesday he was excited to hear the Taylor era will continue in Cincinnati.

“I think Zac’s going to be a really, really good coach,” Burrow said, via the team’s website. “Obviously we didn’t win as many games as we expected this year. We had a lot of key injuries that kind of prevented us from doing that, but with one more offseason I think next year’s going to be a lot of fun and we’ll take a big step.”

The Bengals have finished below .500 for five consecutive seasons after winning the AFC North at 12-4 in 2015. Burrow expects to be ready for Week 1, and his health will be key in turning things around for Cincinnati in 2021.

6 responses to “Joe Burrow: I think Zac Taylor is going to be a really good coach

  1. “Going to be a really, really good coach” because, obviously, he hasn’t been one yet.

  2. His attitude is right, his players fought hard til the end of the season, his play calling is questionable and his staff is downright terrible. Maybe if he gave play calling duties to Callahan (or replaced him with a real OC) and had been able to swallow his ego enough to hire Del Rio when he was on the market in that first year he’d have a shot. Hiring Pollack was a major step in the right direction, but I hope they don’t think he’s going to fix that O-line without adding talent.

  3. The Browns gave Zeitler a huge deal, which they have since moved on from. It was unlikely in any case that the Bengals would keep him. Not locking up Whitworth for the rest of his career was a huge mistake. The Bengals have been scrambling to find a quality LT ever since, and have made some terrible moves in hopes of finding that piece (Ogbuehi, Glenn). Those moves started and kept the ball rolling back into the AFCN cellar.

    Taylor was hired because he carried McVay’s luggage around. If you’re going to make a hire like that, you are accepting a few rough years at the start. The Bengals need to make a huge jump in 2021 to save Taylor’s job, but since Lou Anarumo will be back as DC, expect more close losses next year.

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