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Bengals News (4/10): Zac Taylor unveils ‘Its About Us’

Zac Taylor and The Bengals can hardly contain their excitement, and the new head coach shows his belief in this team with this season’s motto.

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Cincinnati Bengals Introduce Zac Taylor Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Bengals Feel Vibe Of Change
That could have been just about anybody after an offseason the Bengals pulled off their biggest coaching overhaul ever. Plus, long-time defenders who played before Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins (defensive end Michael Johnson) and came in with Dunlap and Atkins (linebacker Vincent Rey), not to mention the leader of it all, linebacker Vontaze Burfict. It was the always controversial Burfict’s release last month that might have been stronger than anything Taylor could have said during Tuesday’s introductory team meeting.

Taylor Meets The (New) Dey
Even the cafeteria was different on this day, Tuesday, the first day Zac Taylor spoke to the Bengals as their head coach. During Taylor’s introductory three-hour interview with the Bengals back in January, there were moments he punctuated his vision with snaps of his fingers for the tempo he sought and the last 24 hours have been much like that.

Taylor News Conference Transcript: 4/9
“It was exciting to get the first day underway. I know I speak on behalf of the coaches — we were excited. It felt like this day has been a long time in the making. I felt the energy and excitement from the players as well. So it’s just Day 1 of establishing our culture, what our values are, and what we’re all about. Certainly I felt the excitement around the building, so it was a good first day in the books. We’ll be prepared and ready to go tomorrow. Whatever you guys have for me, go ahead.”

ZacTakes: Energy And 'It's About Us'
With a Paul Brown quote freshly painted on one of the walls facing the team meeting room, rookie head coach Zac Taylor’s best player gave him one of The Master’s greatest compliments coming out of Tuesday’s first team meeting at Paul Brown Stadium that opened the Bengals’ off-season workouts.

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The Zac Taylor era officially kicked into a higher gear Tuesday when the Bengals opened their off-season program and took advantage of the NFL allowing teams with new head coaches to meet in early April.

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McRae, a third-year player in 2019, originally joined the Bengals as a free agent in 2016. He has played in 16 career games for the Bengals, with one start, and has five tackles, a pass defensed and eight special teams tackles. McRae also spent time with Baltimore and Buffalo in 2017, before returning to Cincinnati later in the season.

2019 NFL Draft Areas of Need: Cincinnati Bengals
Two weeks ahead of the NFL draft, Andy Benoit and Gary Gramling are breaking down the biggest areas of need for all 32 teams. We’ll be publishing the AFC and NFC East teams on Tuesday, the North divisions on Wednesday, the South divisions on Thursday and the West divisions on Friday. Check out all of our 2019 NFL Draft coverage, including all 32 of these posts, here.

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