Bengals checking boxes for fans with Zac Taylor hiring

The Zac Taylor File

This certainly checks a lot of the boxes that fans were asking the Bengals to check: 

He's an outsider with no previous ties to the Bengals. He's a young offensive mind. He's a Sean McVay guy. He's worked with Rams Pro Bowl QB Jared Goff (27 TD and 4,273 yards passing).

Age: 35

Current position: QB coach Los Angeles Rams.

He interviewed for the head coaching position in the last week with the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.

The Rams play host to the Cowboys in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday night. The Bengals can't officially hire Taylor until the Rams season is over.

In terms of philosophies, Zac said this to the Journal Star in 2016:

Taylor has strong convictions about what an offense should feature. He believes it all starts with a strong run game — you must impose your will on the defense, he said. He also believes in a fast tempo. 

He said his quarterback will work out of the shotgun more than he will under center. Indeed, the zone-read will be part of his offense. However, this is key: "I feel it's important for the players' mindset and coaches' mindset to be able to get under center and run the ball when you want to run it, and make them stop you," he said.

He doesn't want his quarterback throwing 40 times a game. In fact, he said, he's "all about protecting the quarterback."

He was an NFL offensive coordinator on an interim basis with the Miami Dolphins when they fired Bill Lazor midway through the 2015 season.

Born in May of 1983, Taylor would have been seven years old and in 2nd grade when the Bengals won their last playoff game: January 6, 1991.

2008-2011: Texas A&M (Grad Assistant)

2012: Miami Dolphins(Assistant QB Coach)

2013-2014: Miami Dolphins (QB Coach)

2015: Miami Dolphins (QB Coach/Interim Offensive Coordinator)

2016: University of Cincinnati (Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach)

2017: Los Angeles Rams(Assistant WR Coach)

2018-present: Los Angeles Rams (QB Coach)

His brother, Press, is the QB coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

His dad, Sherwood, played for Barry Switzer at Oklahoma in the 1970's and coached briefly for the Sooners and Kansas State Wildcats in the early 80's.

His father-in-law, Mike Sherman , is a long-time NFL and college coach and current coach of the CFL Montreal Alouettes. 

From in December of 2018:  The Brothers Taylor Are Coaching's Next Big Thing


Bio from

Zac Taylor enters his second season with the Los Angeles Rams and his first as quarterbacks coach in 2018 after spending the 2017 season as assistant wide receivers coach.  

Coming from the collegiate ranks, he previously served as the offensive coordinator for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. He also assumed the role of quarterbacks coach after joining the staff in January 2016. 

Taylor brought NFL experience to the Bearcats, having spent four seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2012-15), serving as the team’s offensive coordinator and primary play-caller for the second half of the 2015 campaign. He spent three-and-a-half years as the team’s quarterbacks coach, having been named to that position on January 30, 2013. Taylor originally joined the Dolphin organization as the team’s assistant quarterbacks coach on January 30, 2012. 

During his time in Miami, Taylor was instrumental in the development of signal caller Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill threw for 3,000 or more yards in each of his first four seasons, the first quarterback in team history to achieve that feat and only the second quarterback to have multiple 3,000 yard passing seasons along with Hall of Famer Dan Marino. 

Taylor joined the Dolphins from Texas A&M University, where he served as the offensive graduate assistant and tight ends coach from 2008-11 under head coach Mike Sherman. 

As a player, Taylor spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being signed as an undrafted college free agent on April 29, 2007, but was waived prior to the start of training camp. He then joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in the fall of 2007. 

Taylor completed a two-year career at Nebraska, setting nearly every Huskers passing record. He threw for 5,850 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career. In 2017, Taylor was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. Taylor’s father, Sherwood, was a defensive back and captain for Oklahoma. His Brother, Press, is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Zac and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of four children: Brooks, Luke, Emma Claire and Milly.

From September....

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