The entire culture of the Cincinnati Bengals changed when they hired Zac Taylor, the former quarterback coach for the Los Angeles Rams, ending the 16-year reign of Marvin Lewis. Taylor’s arrival has revived a fanbase that had seen three straight losing seasons.
Getting his start as a collegiate coach, Taylor drew a comparison of the winning culture that’s he’s trying to instill in Cincinnati to that of the Ohio State Buckeyes from former Buckeye and current Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard.
“I’ve got about a month or so under my belt working with them, and it’s pretty similar to what I was used to at Ohio State,” Hubbard told Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors.
“The energy they’ve brought in and the new attitude, the winning culture they’re trying to create, I love every minute of it.”
Hubbard played on Ohio State from 2015-2017. Losing a mere five times in 40 appearances, Hubbard was dominant as a defensive end for the scarlet and gray. For the Orange and Black, he performed likewise.
At least in his opinion, Hubbard’s rookie season went “really well.”
During his rookie season, a year Hubbard wasn’t supposed to make an impact in, he totaled 39 tackles, six sacks and even found himself running in a game-changing touchdown against Miami.
Hubbard is used to winning, and behind Taylor, he’s ready to return to the team-wide success he found at Ohio State.
Being selected in the third round after his third season in Columbus and after attending high school in Cincinnati, playing for the Bengals was a dream come true for Hubbard.
That said, what would winning a title for the city and ending their championship drought mean?