Following the 2018 season, the Cincinnati Bengals moved on from their long-time head coach Marvin Lewis. That meant that in 2019, they were in search of a new head coach for the first time since they hired Lewis back in 2003. That hire was Zac Taylor, who worked under Sean McVay in 2018.
Taylor was the Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach during the 2018 season. That 2018 season was a magical one for the Rams, as they made it to the Super Bowl only to come up short against the New England Patriots.
Despite being young (he's 37 years old, as of this writing), McVay has already put together a pretty impressive coaching tree. Taylor is a part of that coaching tree but who else is?
Let's take a look at every NFL head coach from the McVay coaching tree and evaluate how they've done thus far.
Kevin O'Connell served as the Rams' offensive coordinator for two years (2020 and 2021) and did well in the role. The Rams offense finished in the top 10 in points scored and total yards during the 2021 season and that was all teams needed to see to be interested in the former San Diego State quarterback. It didn't hurt that O'Connell's Rams won the Super Bowl that season as well, proving he could lead an offense under the brightest of lights.
O'Connell was hired by the Minnesota Vikings for their vacant head coach position the following offseason and got off to an impressive start as a coach.
In his first year on the job, O'Connell helped lead the Vikings to a 13-4 record. His Vikings were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Giants but Vikings fans have to feel pretty good about this hire.
O'Connell got a ton out of Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson and it feels like once he gets to pick his quarterback, we'll know if he can stick around for the long term.