Cincinnati Bengals has their guy.
According to the reports, the Los Angeles Ram's quarterback coach is Zac Taylor's apple in Cincinnati's eye . When Ram's postseason ends (either via elimination or a Super Bowl victory), Bengals has designated Taylor as their favorite head coaching candidate – allegedly a decision made by Katie Blackburn another indication that her role continues to expand. It should be noted that an offer has not yet been confirmed, which would violate rules.
Taylor, a former Cincinnati Bearcat's offensive coordinator quarterback coach (201
After three equally lost seasons, of course, change was necessary.
Taylor brings him the enthusiasm for youth and insta success from first-year coaches, largely thanks to Sean McVay's impressive start. Ram's second-year feature, which has already gathered an impressive 24-8 regular season record since 2017, will be 33 this year. When the NFL was a copycat league, Bengals wanted to inject something similar in Cincinnati. Taylor was in demand by other teams, and the Bengals were also interested in Rams, who passes game coordinator Shane Waldron (a name that could revive in Cincinnati when Taylor builds his staff).
If Taylor accepts what seems to be an inevitable offer, it would mean that the 35-year-old who was an assistant's broad-based coach over a year ago will surpass the usual head coaching and take the best job with limited management experience. Should it cause concern? Is there a priority within this franchise? Sam Wyche was 39 and a first-year NFL feature when the Bengals hired him in 1984 (he was the university leader in 1983). We know his successes. Marvin Lewis went four years before joining his first losing season; He finished his race with several postseason appearances (7) than losing seasons (5). On the other hand, Dave Shula was 33 when Bengals promoted him from a broad-based coach. We know the story too.
But a coach like Taylor is exactly what Cincinnati needs right now; An exterior rental new blood experience in a system leading another NFL development. With Taylor, Bengals will have someone who mates the organization with fresh ideas that old school considerations may not think possible.
And it starts with a new coaching staff.
It was always assumed that if Lewis resigned or involuntarily left, Hue Jackson would appear to be his replacement. Why Jackson? Organizational confidentiality, front office comfort and an event that would put Jackson in the grandstand several years ago. But he left Cleveland, and his NFL stock took a blow after a bad run with Browns. Instead of being known for a brilliant offensive mind (which I still believe), Jackson's name is evoked as a joke throughout the league as a bad head coach and a person who causes more chaos than stability.
Jackson will not only be Cincinnati's next head coach, he will not return in 2019 in any capacity. The same goes for offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who was allegedly fired this week, became a member of linebacker's coach Jim Haslett, runs back coach Kyle Caskey, and tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes. It's not a total housecleaning, but with special team coordinator Darrin Simmons and offensive line coach Frank Pollack supposedly staying put.
Taylor will have the chance to hire an offensive and defensive coordinator as well as positioning buses on both sides of the ball. It is unclear how much influence he wants beyond that – he asked Simmons and Pollack to hold onto if it was an oral agreement, or was it a front office decision? Shouldn't a new head coach have full authority on his coaching staff?
This is also not a complete solution. Despite the encouraging development the team wants a new coaching staff, Bengals still needs an improved staffing party, from giving full authority to a named director-general for a significant expansion in the scouting sector. A more favorable approach with analytics helps – it should not control the decision-making process, nor should it be ignored.
Who should say whether Taylor is entitled to Cincinnati or that his approach will lead to an improvement in the areas Marvin Lewis fought with? Despite the desire for first-year insta success with baby-face head coaches, new coaches typically require a handful of years to implement a system and build a roster with players ideal for that system. Coordinators need to be hired and as Lewis discovered over the last two years, a poor coordinator can lead to a quick exit. A head coach can only do so much; If you don't have a good coaching staff, you really have no chance.
It's an exciting time.
We are starting to see a lot of new ones. Optimism. Who knows how some of this will translate over time. At least it will be an exciting journey to find out.