35-year old Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor appears to be the overwhelming favorite to become the next head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.
After a flurry of hires made by teams over the last few days, the Bengals and Miami Dolphins are the two remaining openings in the NFL.
The potential Taylor hire follows a long strong of offensive-minded moves by NFL teams.
Five of six hires so far have been offensive guys, most of whom are known as quarterback gurus.
The Denver Broncos were the lone exception, with the hire of Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Taylor also fits the trend of teams hiring “Sean McVay-types” to a tee. Like McVay, he is a young coach with a quarterback background, and obviously works under him now.
Per new reports, the Cincinnati Bengals want to hire Zac Taylor once the Los Angeles Rams season is done.
Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor is the Cincinnati Bengals’ top choice to be their next head coach, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.
The Bengals would like to hire Taylor, 35, after Los Angeles’ season ends, sources said. Because the Rams are still in playoffs, they can’t negotiate a contract.
Taylor was the offensive coordinator for the University of Cincinnati in 2016, and sources said he would like to return to the city.
Taylor has been with the Rams for two years, coming along with McVay as an assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 before the bump up to quarterbacks.
Before that, he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with the Cincinnati Bearcats, which came after a stint with the Dolphins. There, he was interim offensive coordinator in 2015 for five games, after three seasons as quarterbacks coach.
Taylor was the starting quarterback at University of Nebraska for 26 games between 2003 and 2006. He posted an 18-11 record as starter, throwing for 5,850 yards, 45 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions with the Huskers.