The Bengals named Zac Taylor the 10th head coach in team history on February 4, 2019. Taylor comes to Cincinnati after serving as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Rams the past two seasons, spending time as the wide receivers coach in 2017 and the quarterbacks coach in 2018. Last season, Taylor helped guide quarterback Jared Goff to career highs in every major passing category as the team advanced to Super Bowl LIII.
Taylor broke into the NFL coaching ranks in 2012 with the Miami Dolphins as an assistant quarterbacks coach before being promoted to quarterbacks coach, a role he would serve in for three seasons. He gained his first offensive coordinator position in the college ranks in 2016 when he joined the University of Cincinnati as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
“Zac is a bright coach with an offensive mind and background, which is important to have in today’s NFL. He embraces new ideas and new ways to do things, which will be a good thing for us.
– Bengals President MIKE BROWN
As a player, Taylor began his collegiate career at Wake Forest (2002-03), before transferring to Butler County Community College in Kansas (2004). He played his final two seasons at the University of Nebraska (2005-06), where he set numerous school records. After signing with the Buccaneers as a college free agent in 2007, Taylor spent one season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
GET TO KNOW COACH TAYLOR
A few hobbies of mine are: Golfing and playing catch with my kids
The last book I read was: “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek
My favorite food is: Pizza
One place I would like to travel to, but haven’t yet, is: Hawaii
My favorite NFL team as a child was: Indianapolis Colts
My favorite athlete as a child was: Peyton Manning
If I wasn’t coaching, I would be: An athletic administrator