Zac Taylor and the Rams are going up against the greatest mind in all of football tonight. Bengals fans everywhere will be tuning in to watch their future head coach.
As Zac Taylor heads into his final game as a coach of the Los Angeles Rams, there is one thing that all Bengals fans should want to see: easy completions.
It seems to be a minor point, but the Patriots have built a dynasty out of designing a scheme that doesn’t require phenomenal plays from their stars but asks them to do what they do best. Think about how many throws Tom Brady dumps off within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, to players who many consider marginal, that become big plays for New England. If Taylor is able to get Goff into a rhythm with short checkdowns, it will be using the magic of the Patriots against themselves.
Obviously, you shouldn’t limit yourself to certain distances and concepts, but seeing a Rams passing game that put its players in the same easy situations as New England does would be an encouraging sign for Bengals fans, as it would show Taylor’s understanding of how best to attack the consistent juggernaut of the Patriots. Allowing your players to have the ball wide open in space is one of the best ways to guarantee consistent offense, as the Patriots have discovered. It would also highlight Taylor’s willingness to beat New England at their own game, something that would be refreshing for a franchise that was consistently outcoached in the last 16 seasons.
As for the game itself, all of Bengals nation will be behind the Rams and their future head coach. Whoever wins tonight, Cincy fans will be happy that the season is over, and they can finally welcome their new head-man home.