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Bengals plan to hire Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor, per report

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It looks like the Bengals have found their man.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE

Adam Schefter adds it’s Zac Taylor’s job to lose and he’s the preferred choice for Cincinnati.


The Bengals appear to have found their next head coach.

According to WLWT reporter Elise Jesse, Los Angeles Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor is expected to be named Cincinnati’s next head coach.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report added this:

Taylor was actually the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bearcats back in 2016, so he’s familiar with the Queen City, which might explain how he caught the Bengals’ attention. He’s spent the last two seasons with the Rams, serving as wide receivers coach in 2017, then the quarterbacks coach this past season.

Taylor is viewed as an assistant on the rise who is also drawing head-coaching interest from the Cardinals. Rams head coach Sean McVay, viewed as one of the top offensive minds in football, talked about Taylor’s impact during a December interview with The MMQB:

”He’s instrumental in our third-down game-planning. And he doesn’t just agree with everything, he challenges you but in a way that’s very welcoming. Sometimes in the NFL disagreements can be uncomfortable in a staff meeting, but not here. There’s a refreshing security that Zac has in himself. He has great emotional intelligence and awareness for how to communicate in a way that makes peoples’ guards go down. That’s a great trait for a coach to have.”

At just 35 years old, Taylor is a former quarterback who played college ball at Nebraska, where he was the 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year. When his college career concluded, the Buccaneers brought Taylor as an undrafted free agent, but he was waived shortly after, and he ended up playing in the CFL for a season before beginning his coaching career.

In 10 years, Taylor has worked his way up through the college and professional ranks, and now is a key assistant to a Rams offense that’s one of the best units in the NFL.

Zac Taylor Resume

  • 2008-2011: Texas A&M (Graduate Assistant)
  • 2012: Miami Dolphins (Assistant QB Coach)
  • 2013-2014: Miami Dolphins (QB Coach)
  • 2015: Miami Dolphins (QB Coach/Interim Offensive Coordinator)
  • 2016: University of Cincinnati (Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach)
  • 2017: Los Angeles Rams (Assistant WR Coach)
  • 2018-present: Los Angeles Rams (QB Coach)