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Zac Taylor’s job not in jeopardy, per report

For the Bengals’ head coach, it’s all about keeping his quarterback happy.

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Is the clock ticking for Zac Taylor now that Joe Burrow is out for the year? One NFL insider doesn’t think so.

Ian Rapoport was a guest on the Pat McAfee Show on Monday and was asked if Taylor’s job security has been affected by Burrow’s season-ending injury.

“I have not gotten the sense that that’s a job that’s in jeopardy,” Rapoport said. “Believe me, there’s plenty [of jobs] that are in jeopardy. I have not gotten the sense that that job is in jeopardy at all. ...in part because of the work he’s done with Joe Burrow.”

That last point seems to be the key. Burrow has so much power as the franchise quarterback for a team that’s just striving to be relevant again. If Burrow backs Taylor, and the front office thinks the two are a good fit together, then the partnership will continue to exist.

It’s sometimes questionable whether or not well-known insiders like Rapoport have a good read on what the Bengals’ brain trust is thinking, but he seems to be right here. What’s also important is whether or not key members of Taylor’s staff are retained.

Certain positions such as offensive line coach and defensive coordinator could be in jeopardy this offseason, despite Taylor being the one to originally fill those spots with his choices.

Taylor is now 26 games into his career as the Bengals head coach and has won just four games. This past Sunday was the 14th time he’s coached on the road, and he’s now lost 13 of them, with the other being a tie. Just one of his four victories came against a winning team.

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