Bengals: Win over Steelers not enough to cool Zac Taylor’s seat

Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals curb-stomped the Steelers on Sunday and had those in attendance booing their team. It was a glorious sight for Bengals fans and while the victory was ever so sweet, it’s not enough to cool off Zac Taylor’s hot seat, which is still pretty red-hot.

Taylor was hired by the organization following the 2018 season and has won just eight games through two full seasons. Two of those eight wins have come this season.

This was probably one of Taylor’s most impressive wins since he became the head coach of the team and it’s what Bengals fans expected to see more of when he was given the job two years ago.

Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report wrote an article about head coaches who are already on the hot seat and of course Taylor made the list.

"The Bengals are averaging 22.7 points per game, ranking 17th in the league. They’ve failed to accumulate 270 total yards in either of their last two outings.Taylor has to unlock the full potential of an offense that’s good enough to move the ball at a more efficient pace even against stout defenses. If he doesn’t, the Bengals could backslide in the standings after a 2-1 start."

A win over the Steelers might not be good enough to save Zac Taylor’s job.

As Moton noted, despite all of the weapons Taylor has on offense, his team hasn’t put up 270 yards on offense. Their highest-scoring game was in Week 1 against the Vikings where they scored 27 points, but it took overtime to get them to that total.

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Taylor was brought in because many viewed him as Sean McVay’s right-hand man in Los Angeles. Things haven’t gone smoothly for Taylor since he took over for Marvin Lewis and while this win is a step in the right direction, we have to see more from this offense moving forward if the former Nebraska quarterback wants to keep his job in the Queen City.