One of the NFL’s worst kept secrets right now is that Zac Taylor will be the next head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Right now, neither the team or Taylor can confirm anything because of the NFL’s rules with coaches in the playoffs. Those rules are likely in place to prevent anyone from claiming such news distracted their coach during the playoffs.
That is something Taylor assured during Monday’s press storm for the Super Bowl wasn’t a concern for him.
“Our focus has been on winning every single one of these games because it would be a disservice to anybody to put in all this work we have done since April 1st and be a distraction or allow there to be a distraction,” Taylor told Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
It is honestly probably the closest he could get to even talking about the subject without getting his new team in trouble. It also makes a ton of sense, as it isn’t every year you get to a coach a Super Bowl team.
What Taylor could talk about was how he prepped for his interviews with teams for head coaching positions.
“You just got to be yourself, honestly,” Taylor said. “It’s like any test you have ever taken. You can go overboard with the prep or you can just trust yourself and be yourself. That’s the advice that serves me the best. But it’s been nice to be able to refocus back on what’s important right now.”
What Taylor gets to focus on is helping one of the league's most potent offenses get ready to take on one of the best coaches the game has ever seen in Bill Belichick. New England has famously shut down some of the best offenses over the past decade, but Taylor is hoping to be one of the rare exceptions to this trend.
One of the Rams’ reasons for hope is the man Taylor has learned so much from over the past two seasons. Los Angeles’ head coach Sean McVay. Taylor mentions how his level of respect for each person involved with the franchise is what help makes the team run so smoothly.
McVay also was very understanding about the reality of his coaches getting opportunities elsewhere.
It is a great sign that Taylor is coming from such a stable structure, and it is hopefully an environment that he can help replicate in Cincinnati. The results speak for themselves as the Rams went from a perennial average team finishing around .500 each season to two of the best years the franchise has seen in over a decade.
This year, they have a chance to end it where the 2000 Rams ended it; by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, something Taylor isn’t afraid of getting distracted from.