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    Adam Schefter
    ‏@AdamSchefter

    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.

    6:40 PM - 10 Jan 2019
    If this turns out to be true, Goff will have his fourth QB coach in four years next season.


  • #2
    Doubling down on stupid

    Why the Bengals are the Bungles...

    Zac could prove me wrong and be another McVay but I don't think so and even if Z. Taylor is another McVay, that is not what the Bengals need. Its not the play calling or the play designs where they fell short...it was execution of those plays; lack of toughness on defense; shortage of will to play that make the Bengals bottom feeders and a complete joke.

    Bengals demonstrated they can win games and get into the payoffs. They have a QB who can get it done--Talent at WR--some play makers on defense. But it all has to come together to make a team then go and fix holes and weakness. On paper there are not that many weakness on their team. So its a reach that someone like Taylor who has limited coordinator skills at a high level is the Bengals "fix". Jeff Fisher experienced at both levels of head coaching and as a coordinator did not make him a success--rather a disaster. The game left him by and Fisher couldn't grasp the evolved NFL.

    Now the Bengals want to put in a fresh face...who never had to manage a coaching staff; never really engineered either a defense or offense but is expected to do both; has to identify need and adjust weakness in the Bengals and talent evaluate to fill those spots; deal with the media pressure and pressure from a fan base; has limited exposure to other coaches around the league and must come up with a staff...

    What the Bengals need is a HC who can kick butts and motivate the team first then be able to sell the team his vision and strategy. As professionals my bet is the Bengals will respect Taylor and give him a fair chance to prove himself...but if Taylor stumbles or fails too many times (the grace period likely very short) will see the Bengals again looking too soon for another HC and Taylor looking for work in teams like the Browns or Red Skins

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    • #3
      You may be right, but would such a man WANT the job? I don't think Bruce Arians or Bill Cowher would take it, regardless of payout.

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      • #4
        I think Troy Aikman said it best during the Cowboys-Rams game. If you simply had a cup of coffee with Sean McVay you become a candidate for a HC job in the NFL right now.

        Go Rams!

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          Blind elation for Linehan. He can do no wrong!

          Relief because Linehan was fired and Jim Haslett, the players coach, was deemed interim HC!

          Joy because Spagnuolo, Giants' defensive mastermind, was taking over and the ship will finally right itself!

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