The Cincinnati Bengals and their devoted fanbase are tired of losing.
After their third-straight season under .500 was capped off by the firing of Marvin Lewis, the Bengals are ready to find success, and it starts with buying into the Zac Taylor system.
At 36 years of age, Taylor is just three years older than recently signed John Jerry. That said, it wouldn’t have been too shocking to hear reports of players not respecting a head coach barely older than them.
However, according to Taylor, this team is finding their rhythm and making progress each day. The Enquirer’s John Fay detailed Taylor’s thoughts on the culture and on how players are buying into the new system.
“There’s a lot of good guys,” Taylor said. “There’s been no guys to this point that have gone against what we are working toward. That’s incredible in the NFL, to be quite honest with you. For the most part, we’ve had almost 100 percent attendance this offseason. A guy has missed here or there, but there’s been no one that’s missed a significant amount of time. Guys have really bought in. Today, we made it a point to revisit the culture things that we think are important going into this minicamp and going into the summer. Guys have really bought in, and I’ve just been impressed with the character of the guys on this team. It’s been really impressive, and you can win like that.”
Behind the 33-year-old Sean McVay, the Rams won 13 games last season, their most since 2001. The Rams were led by quarterback Jared Goff who totaled behind 32 touchdowns and over 4,600.
Guess who was one of the minds behind Goff’s breakout season?
Now hoping to emulate the success found under McVay, Taylor’s likely bringing in a similar system with him to Cincinnati. Hopefully Taylor’s offense can revive Dalton’s career like it began Goff’s.
With so much more that goes into the game, it’ll be interesting to see how command both sides of the ball in 2019. That said, he’s certainly off to a great start in the Queen City.