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The Cincinnati Bengals look to continue the NFL trend by potentially hiring Zac Taylor, an up-and-coming offensive mind with no previous head coaching experience, to become their 10th coach in franchise history.
Taylor, 35, works for an offensive juggernaut in Los Angeles, where the Rams struck gold by taking a chance with their hire of Sean McVay two years ago. The move can’t be made official while Los Angeles is still in the playoffs.
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Around the league since McVay entered, and especially this offseason, coaches with similar profiles and resumes – Matt LaFleur in Green Bay, Kliff Kingsbury in Arizona –have accepted jobs to lead teams into the future.
The Bengals made their decision after interviewing other candidates with offensive backgrounds and those familiar to franchise.
Taylor has no previous ties to Mike Brown and his family, but those in Cincinnati may remember Taylor’s work as offensive coordinator for Tommy Tuberville at UC in 2016.
“Right away you could tell how intelligent he was,” said Austen Bujnoch, who worked as a graduate assistant with Taylor at UC. “Definitely a football guy. His greatest asset was his relationship with the players, and the way he worked with the staff was just awesome.”
Here’s more about Taylor’s background:
► Currently serves as quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams after spending one season as wide receivers coach on Sean McVay’s staff. Jared Goff set career highs this season with 32 passing touchdowns, 4688 yards passing and a 64.9 percent completion rate. Goff’s 8.4 yards per pass attempt ranked fourth in the league. The Rams went 13-3 and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. They play the Dallas Cowboys Saturday.
► He comes from a football family. Zac’s father Sherwood Taylor was a defensive back for the Oklahoma Sooners in the late 1970s and coached at OU and Kansas State. His brother Press, 30, played quarterback at Marshall and is currently the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach.
► Served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Cincinnati in 2016 for Tommy Tuberville’s last season as coach. The Bearcats finished with a 4-8 record.
► Spent three years with the Miami Dolphins where he spent time on coach Joe Philbin’s staff as interim offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and assistant quarterbacks coach.
► Began coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M from 2008-’11, where he worked under his father-in-law, Mike Sherman.
► Became one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in Nebraska Cornhuskers history despite playing just two seasons. He ranks third in school history with 5,850 passing yards in 26 starts and was named 2006 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Taylor was inducted into the Nebraska football Hall of Fame in 2017.
► Began collegiate playing career at Wake Forest and previously verbally committing to Oklahoma State. He redshirted in 2002, attempted one pass as a backup the next season and then transferred to Butler Community College. Taylor led Butler to the NJCAA championship game, completing 63.7 percent of his passes with 28 passing touchdowns, 2,951 yards and nine interceptions on the season.
► Was a record-setting quarterback at Norman High School in Norman, Okla.