Earlier: The theme of this NFL Coaching Carousel is “Sean McVay-type.” That is very apparently with the hires made by teams like the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals, and could kick into hyper drive with rumors that Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor could land the Cincinnati Bengals job.
The Bengals and Miami Dolphins are the final two openings in the NFL ranks, after a wave of hires over the last few days.
New Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio, a veteran defensive coordinator from the Chicago Bears, is basically the only hire that breaks the mold.
The other five moves that have been made thus far are all coaches with quarterback backgrounds. A number of them have McVay connections, or have similar backgrounds to the young Rams head coach.
No one is more directly connected to him right now, than Taylor, the team’s current quarterbacks coach.
Like McVay, he is extremely young, at just 35 years old, and comes from that budding tree.
According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, Zac Taylor is rumored to be the favorite for the Cincinnati Bengals head coaching job.
Latest rumor is that Rams' QB coach Zac Taylor is the favorite for the #Bengals head coaching job. Heard he's been very impressive in interviews.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 10, 2019
Former Browns and Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, who joined the Bengals staff at mid-season after being fired in Cleveland, was rumored for a bit, but the optics of that would be absolutely horrible.
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has also been connected to a number of jobs, including the Bengals.
Taylor, a former starting quarterback at Nebraska in the mid-2000s, would be a bit of a surprise this early in his coaching career, but people are desperate to find “the next McVay,” for better or worse.
Update: Adam Schefter confirms that the Bengals job is Zac Taylor’s “to lose.”
Bengals would like to hire Rams’ QB coach Zac Taylor after Los Angeles’ season ends, league sources tell @mortreport and me. It looks like it is Taylor’s job to lose. He is the preferred choice.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2019
Taylor, McVay, and the Rams host the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.