Cincinnati Bengals: Zac Taylor said it best about recent media criticism
By Steve Rivera
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor offers the most reasonable and logical answer to the wave of recent media criticism.
Second-year Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor offered perhaps the most logical response to the wave of criticism the organization has recently received about their probable first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The team and it’s fans, under the intense scrutiny of a hypercritical media, have fought back at the criticism that Joe Burrow should take a pass on the Bengals. It’s also a drumbeat not ending anytime soon.
In recent weeks, everyone from Carson Palmer to Solomon Wilcots have aired opinions not viewed as favorable by the fanbase. On Tuesday, receiver Tyler Boyd would chime in, airing his disdain for a media he sees as disrespectful. On Wednesday morning, logic from Taylor in the form of a piece by Paul Dehner Jr. at the Athletic, said what fans aren’t too willing to acknowledge as a baseline of criticism.
“You’ve got to win more football games to get people to shut up.”
It’s not a complicated theory. For all the craziness and hyperventilating on social media, Taylor quickly distilled why he hears the criticism and what the solution is. But wait, there’s more.
"“It’s up to us to win more games and follow our plan, do it the right way, execute it. Build the team the right way, do it through free agency and the draft and keep building the culture we built upon and we will be in really good shape.”"
As bad as Taylor was in his inaugural season in Cincinnati, he’s under no illusions. He understands that to not be fodder for national sports radio, ESPN, Dan Patrick, or Mike Florio, that it is winning football games that change the narrative, and ultimately, a perception that outside of the Queen City, is questionable at best.
With the likely arrival of Burrow, the Bengals can go about the work of rebuilding the franchise. They aren’t necessarily closer after they select him, but as Taylor said, with a plan in place, and an opportunity to execute it, the lack of wins will no longer be the issue in Cincinnati, and a less than compliant media will happily move on.