As reports continue to flow in, it has all but been confirmed that Rams quarterback’s coach Zac Taylor has won the job in Cincinnati.
Eleven days after it was announced that Marvin Lewis had been fired by the Cincinnati Bengals, the ball club has found its new head coach. Zac Taylor, current quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams, appears to have won the job in Cincy, according to multiple reports that surfaced today.
Taylor knows the Cincinnati area well, having been the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2016. Taylor is at least in part responsible for the steps that the Rams offense has taken since head coach Sean Mcvay has arrived in Los Angeles. In 2017, Taylor was a wide receivers coach and directed a unit that saw the development of Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp into reliable receivers. In 2018, Jared Goff was an MVP candidate for parts of the season, and the Rams are currently still alive in the playoffs and are preparing to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.
Taylor also represents a more overarching trend in the NFL: hiring young, offensive-minded head coaches. In Cleveland, Freddie Kitchens has been promoted to head coach after taking over the offense as an interim offensive coordinator. In Arizona, the team was able to pry away Kliff Kingsbury from USC and made him head coach at age 39. As teams scramble to find the next Sean Mcvay, they will continue to go young and offensive minded in their head coaching hires.
Another note about this hire is that owner and general manager Mike Brown was not involved in choosing the next head coach. His daughter Katie Blackburn was reportedly very involved in the hiring process. It will be interesting to see if this is a norm for the organization moving forward, and is something that Bengals fans will want to keep their eye on.
Bengals fans have no choice but to be overly optimistic about getting a fresh voice in the locker-room. If Taylor is anything close to Mcvay, he is going to make Bengals fans very happy.