The Bengals race for a new head coach seems to be nearing its end, as reports from ESPN state that the team is going to go with Rams’ QB coach Zac Taylor.
If you would have checked the borgata race and sports book when Marvin Lewis was fired by the team after 16 seasons, not many could have predicted that Taylor would be the next head coach of the Cats down in the Queen City.
The report from ESPN stated that the Bengals would ‘like to hire Rams’ QB coach Zac Taylor after Los Angeles’ season ends, league sources tell @mortreport and me. It looks like it is Taylor’s job to lose. He is the preferred choice.’
The hiring of Taylor is a complete change from what the team has been use to, as for the last 16 years they have had a defensive coach running the team in Lewis, but will now have a new voice on offense with Taylor and his hopeful high powered offensive attack running the show.
Taylor is a former star quarterback at Nebraska, and he started his coaching career in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins as a quarterbacks coach in 2012, helping to develop former first-round pick Ryan Tannehill, and took over offensive-coordinator duties during the 2015 season.
After spending a year with the Cincinnati Bearcats, he came back to the NFL under Sean McVay with the Rams, for whom he served as assistant wide-receivers coach in 2017 before shifting to quarterbacks this season.
Taylor and the Rams have had great offensive success the last two seasons, and this past season former first overall pick in the draft Jared Goff and the Rams went 13-3 and ranked fifth in the NFL this season with 282 passing yards per game.
One interesting thing to watch is if Taylor will get his family involved with the Bengals in terms of filling his staff.
His father in law is one-time Packers head coach Mike Sherman, who would be a great addition to the staff in terms of having an experienced voice for Taylor, who will need help in trying to find his way through his first season as a coach in the league.
The Bengals are still saying nothing about the hire, as they can’t by NFL rules do much of anything with Taylor until the Rams season ends, which could be this weekend against the Cowboys at home on Saturday.
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