It’s safe to say the Zac Taylor era has been a major disappointment so far.
Since being hired by the Bengals in 2019, Taylor has endured the worst record by any NFL head coach over that span, winning just three of those games while tying in another.
In fact, Taylor’s coaching record thus far is one of the worst in NFL history through a coach’s first 23 games, according to AP writer and former Bengals reporter Joe Reedy.
What’s even more frustrating about Taylor’s record is a lot of those losses could have easily been wins, but the Bengals simply made far too many costly mistakes down the stretch. They could have a winning record right now if they just made one more play in several games this season.
Following Sunday’s 37-34 loss to the Browns — a game that saw the Bengals take a 34-31 lead with one minute left in regulation — Taylor is now 1-12-1 in one score games. Four of the Bengals’ five losses this year were by five or fewer points. The Bengals even led in the fourth quarter in three of those losses, as well as the tie with the Eagles.
If the Bengals continue to flounder and lose double-digit games again, it’s hard to see him being back for a third season.