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Rumors out of Cincinnati suggest Bengals will hire Zac Taylor

Michael Dixon
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

If rumors are to be believed, there is a very good chance that Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor will be the next head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that Taylor is the “preferred choice,” calling the job his to lose.

Elise Jesse, a reporter from WLWT in Cincinnati, took it a step further. She reported that Bengals have made a decision and that Taylor will be named head coach as soon as the season ends for the Rams. Per Jesse, executive vice president Katie Blackburn and vice president Troy Blackburn made the decision.

Taylor has some experience in Cincinnati. He served as the University of Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2016. He was hired by the Rams as an assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 and promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2018.

Taylor has also worked for the Miami Dolphins. He served as the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2012, the quarterbacks coach from 2013-2015. In 2015, he was also Miami’s offensive coordinator.

This would represent a departure for the Bengals. Their previous two head coaches (Dick LeBeau and Marvin Lewis) both had defensive backgrounds.

In addition to having an offensive background, Taylor is also only 35. So, if the rumblings are true, Cincinnati would obviously be hoping that Taylor turned in to the next version of his current boss, Sean McVay.