Multiple rumors have surfaced that Cincinnati has interest in former head coach Jack Del Rio. Zac Taylor would be wise to bring him aboard.
One potential knock on Zac Taylor is that he lacks the experience in the NFL to become a head coach. This is a legitimate criticism, and something the Bengals organization, as well as Zac himself, must consider when he is choosing his coaching staff.
NFL Networks Ian Rapoport reported earlier that Jack Del Rio was a candidate for defensive coordinator for Cincinnati, a hire which makes all the sense in the world. For starters, Del Rio has twelve years of head coaching experience under his belt, which is twelve more than Taylor currently has. In addition, Del Rio misses the .500 mark by just a single game. While on the face of things that may not seem impressive, when you consider it was with two of the most dysfunctional organizations in the NFL (Jacksonville and Oakland), it really is impressive that Del Rio was able to string together some consistency.
If head coaching experience isn’t enough to tip the scale in favor of Del Rio, his defensive philosophy and background should be. Taylor has only worked on the offensive side of the ball, so bringing in a former head coach who specializes in defense is something that I believe can only help Cincinnati next season.
Perhaps another thing to consider is who is running the defense for Taylor’s current team: Wade Phillips. Sean Mcvay wisely decided to bring aboard a defensive-minded former head coach, and his team is on it’s way to a Superbowl. Taylor would be wise to notice this staffs construction and consider it when choosing his next defensive coordinator. If Zac Taylor wants to become the next Sean Mcvay, he should take notes on how he constructed his staff.
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