Bengals owner Mike Brown released a statement making it clear he plans to retain HC Zac Taylor for a third season in 2021.
“We remain bullish on the foundation Zac is building, and we look forward to next year giving our fans the winning results we all want… We must capitalize on opportunities in front of us. Next year we will earn our stripes.” – Mike Brown
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) January 4, 2021
The Cincinnati organization has also been historically patient, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise even with Taylor’s poor record his first two seasons.
The Bengals were bad enough to earn the No. 1 overall pick in Taylor’s first season and only improved incrementally in 2020. However, the loss of star first-round QB Joe Burrow and others to injury was a factor in Brown’s decision.
Taylor, 37, 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 in 2018 then hired by the Bengals as their head coach in 2019.
During his two years, Taylor has compiled a record of 6-25-1 (20.3 percent) and has yet to make the playoffs.