Zac Taylor: We owe so much to Mike Brown for being patient with us

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Zac Taylor went 6-25-1 over his first two seasons as the Bengals head coach and that led some to wonder if he’d be fired before he got a chance at a third season in Cincinnati.

Bengals owner Mike Brown ended that speculation the day after last season ended with a statement saying the team remained “bullish on the foundation Zac is building, and we look forward to next year giving our fans the winning results we all want.” Taylor and the rest of the team made that look like a wise decision this season.

The Bengals won the AFC North and then won their first playoff game in 31 years by beating the Raiders 26-19 on Saturday. Taylor gave Brown a game ball after the win and said he didn’t think other teams would have been as patient with him after the way his first two years went.

“We just owe so much to that man for being patient with us,” Taylor said. “Personally, if I coached in any other organization in football, I probably wouldn’t be here right now in my third year. That’s the truth.”

One need only look at the Dolphins, Giants, and Texans to see that Taylor’s right about patience not being a given for head coaches around the league. The Bengals went the other way and the decision has paid off for them.

16 responses to “Zac Taylor: We owe so much to Mike Brown for being patient with us

  1. I doubt it was patient. More like he was too cheap to pay a coach not to coach. It worked out well though.

  2. Taylor isn’t lying. Coaches get hired by horrible teams and get fired after 1-2 years all the time. Think Browns, Texans, Dolphins, Jets among others.

  3. Well, I honestly didn’t think Zac was a very good coach but I stand corrected. It’s a QB driven league, if you don’t have a good one, you’re in trouble.

  4. Burrow provided job security for Coach Taylor. Having a stellar QB really does make the difference. Look at every coach who was fired. (Gruden resigned, Carr is pretty good IMHO) They all have big question marks at QB.

  5. Taylor is exceptionally lucky he got a long leash and was able to draft a quarterback that can turn some L’s that should have resulted from his at times nonsensical play calling into W’s.

  6. Marvin Lewis spent 16 years losing without getting fired!!! Me thinks the Bengals expect to lose and are always patient!!

  7. if they will finally spend money in the off season and have a good draft, they will be set for years. i still say they nee a better play caller. they DESPERATELY NEED A BETTER DC. Roomo schemes are pitiful. raiders had a 3rd and 11, defense lined up 15 yards off the ball. what kind of nonsense is that.

  8. The Browns have always been cheap, but they’re like any other team. If you have an elite QB, you win. Kenny Anderson was their last great QB and they made it to the super bowl with him, losing to Joe Montana’s 49ers. The Bengals had the lowest payroll in the entire NFL that year, and the 49ers had the second lowest. But, they had the two best QB’s. Some things never change.

  9. In other words he didn’t want to fire a coach to walk away. Mike Brown has and will always be known as cheap. Everyone knows it. If it were any other organization I’d say they had patience. In this case it was cheapness.

  10. Yeah, Zac, you had a terrible year 1 and drafted Burrow. Then you got a half a redshirt year 2 with Burrow out. This was your prove it year and you did. No one cans him after year 2 under those circumstances.

  11. Look at cap space over the last decade. The Brown family is not wasteful, but they aren’t cheap. Defensive upgrades this year have made a big difference and they could afford it without Carl Lawson, Geno Atkins and AJ Green on the books. I think the difference might be that Taylor has convinced a very loyal owner to trim some of the fat and say goodbye to longtime players

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