It’s been a rough two years for Zac Taylor’s introduction to being a head coach in the NFL.
Last year, the Bengals were without their best offensive weapon for the entire season after A.J. Green suffered a fluke injury on the first day of training camp. While the 2019 team certainly had a lot of issues, they would have likely won at least half of the eight one-score losses they suffered without their best pass-catcher.
But while losing Green was tough, the Bengals should still have won more than two games.
This year, the Bengals had to break in a rookie quarterback with no real offseason workouts or preseason. As good as Joe Burrow was in college, he was robbed of many chemistry-building opportunities with his new teammates, which led to more growing pains early on, leading to a 1-5-1 start.
And by the time the Bengals won their second game, they’d already lost key players like D.J. Reader, Joe Mixon and Trae Waynes to injury, while the front office did very little to address what was arguably the NFL’s worst offensive line in 2019. And then Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Week 11, a game the Bengals led 9-7 in before Burrow went out in the eventual 20-9 loss.
But while these are tough challenges to overcome, the Bengals should still have more than two wins heading into Week 13.
Following the Bengals’ Week 12 loss to the Giants — a game they had chances to win before losing by two points — Bengals great Tim McGee weighed in on the team’s struggles to win since the start of last season.
While Taylor and his staff have had many obstacles to overcome, there’s simply no excuse for the Bengals failing to win 23 times in their last 27 games.
“You have to learn to win with what you have.” - Tim McGee— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) November 29, 2020
Taylor has plenty of ammo in the excuse-making department. But in the end, he should have more than four wins.