Adam Schefter reports that the Bengals would like to hire Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor as their next head coach once Los Angeles’ season is over.
- According to Schefter, the Bengals’ job appears to be Taylor’s to lose at this point, as he’s the team’s “preferred choice.”
- Schefter adds that Taylor was the University of Cincinnati offensive coordinator in 2016, and has strong feelings about the city. Schefter says that Cincinnati is a place Taylor really wants to be and he’s expected to now get the chance.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Taylor has emerged as the favorite, but hasn’t been informed he’s their guy. According to Rapoport, negotiations have taken place, but signs point to him getting the job.
In total, the Bengals interviewed eight candidates for the job including:
- Hue Jackson
- Rams QBs coach Zac Taylor
- Rams pass-game coordinator/TEs coach Shane Waldron
- Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy
- Former Broncos HC Vance Joseph
- Buccaneers OC Todd Monken
- Bengals STs coordinator Darrin Simmons
- Bengals OC Bill Lazor
Taylor, 35, began his coaching career at Texas A&M back in 2008 as a graduate assistant. He was later hired by the Dolphins as their assistant QBs coach in 2012 and worked his way up to offensive coordinator.
The University of Cincinnati hired Taylor as their QBs coach/offensive coordinator for the 2016 season and he later joined the Rams as their assistant WRs coach in 2017. Taylor was promoted to QBs coach a year ago.
We’ll have more regarding the Bengals and Taylor as the news is available.