Zac Taylor had a meteoric rise to becoming a head coach in the NFL.
At just 35 years of age, he came to the Cincinnati Bengals directly over from his position as the Los Angeles Rams’ quarterbacks coach without any long-term experience as an offensive coordinator in the NFL. His association with Rams’ head coach Sean McVay has put his name in good light, but McVay isn’t the the only bright offensive mind that has been close to Taylor.
Press Taylor is the Eagles quarterbacks’ coach. He is often credited with creating the “Philly Special” play that the Eagles ran in their Super Bowl victory that had Nick Foles catching a touchdown pass. He’s also Zac’s brother.
Since the Eagles’ championship run, Press has since gained some clout around the NFL. He will likely gain even more as the younger brother of Zac, especially if Zac does well early with the Bengals. How does Press think his older brother will approach molding the Bengals’ new offense?
“Those are the conversations we have,” Press told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “The styles we are coaching in or how we see the game. I feel like I’ve got a pretty good idea where he’s headed… Some of the language is going to be a little different and obviously influenced by the staff he has around him. So that will be fun to see how it evolves, how it changes. If you get good in one thing or if something does or doesn’t fit the personality of your team… I’m going to be curious to see what he’s going to do.”
Press obviously knows how to ride the line with coach talk, but reading between the lines, it seems like we should be seeing a nice mix between Zac and new offensive coordinator Brian Callahan’s experiences with their former coaching staffs. That may lead you to think along the lines of the West Coast scheme, but Press doesn’t think that term will cover it all.
If you have a set way of doing things that you can’t deviate from, you’ll plateau much quicker than everyone else. Offenses are faster and better than ever, and the NFL rules heavily favor them. There is no reason you shouldn’t have some spread plays that are easy completions for a quarterback as well as some easy completions created by west coast plays. It is all about doing what your offensive players do best, and finding as many different ways to get them into positions to be successful.
No one should be surprised when Press eventually gets to take the step to be an offensive coordinator or head coach one day, but for now he understands that he and his brother are in two very different positions.
“It’s going to be a little different,” Press says. “He’s going to be a little busier. As a position coach, you have a certain time because you’re where the quarterbacks are. That’s when you’re on call. When you’re the head coach, you’re responsible for every position. I’m sure it will be a little less time than we’ve had in the past.
“Hopefully we can get 10-15 minutes (at the upcoming Scouting Combine), and we can be brothers for a little bit.”