Bengals Name Rams’ Zac Taylor as their New Head Coach

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Cincinnati Bengals have a new head coach. The team announced on Monday that they had hired Zac Taylor, Los Angeles Rams’ quarterbacks coach, for the position, giving him a multiyear deal. Bengals had a deal in place with Taylor for some time now, but couldn’t make it official until after Super Bowl LIII where Rams played New England Patriots.

The news has been confirmed on the team’s official social media, with the introductory press conference scheduled for Tuesday.

“Zac is a bright coach with an offensive mind and background, which is important to have in today’s NFL,” – said Bengals president Mike Brown. “And he’s young. He embraces new ideas and new ways to do things, which will be a good thing for us. I believe our team will be exciting and fun to watch with him at the helm.”

After serving with several NFL teams at various positions, Zac Taylor joined the LA Rams staff in 2017, when he was hired by HC Sean McVay as an assistant wide receivers coach. Taylor then worked his way up and took the quarterbacks coach position for the 2018 and was credited for helping the team’s young QB Jared Goff to have an outstanding season.

“I am happy and fortunate to join the Cincinnati Bengals as head coach,” – said Taylor in a statement. “This is a great organization with good people and a rich history, and I am excited to get started. I am looking to add to that history by setting high standards and holding everyone here accountable to those standards. There is a lot of work to do, and this is Day 1. We’re going to attack every day with enthusiasm to get this team ready to go.”

Zac Taylor will succeed Marvin Lewis, who decided to leave his post as Cincinnati Bengals’ head coach following the end of 2018. Lewis served at the position for 16 seasons, but the overall lack of postseason success and the fact that the team had three consecutive losing seasons prompted the front office to seek for other solutions.