Bengals coach Zac Taylor says Rams’ playbook will be ‘starting point’ for Cincinnati
It’s only natural for Zac Taylor to coach what he knows. After spending the last two seasons as quarterbacks coach and assistant wide receivers coach for the Los Angeles Rams, the Cincinnati Bengals head man will undoubtedly take some of the concepts he utilized to so much success with the reigning NFC Champions and implement them with his new team.
Still, Taylor is pushing back on the notion that his playbook will directly mirror that of Sean McVay.
“It will be the Cincinnati Bengals’ playbook. There’s no doubt about it,” he said on “PFT Live” Wednesday. “The starting point will be what we did in L.A. We had a lot of success there. I believed in what we did. But I think it was also important to hire people with outside experiences.”
Cincinnati fired longtime coach Marvin Lewis on December 31st after the team went 6-10 in 2018, the third consecutive season it missed the playoffs.
Taylor was officially introduced as the Bengals’ new head coach on February 4th, the day after the Rams fell to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.
Among the coaches with outside experience to whom Taylor alludes above is Brian Callahan. The son of coaching legend Bill Callahan, he was introduced as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator last week.
Callahan, just 34, began his NFL coaching career in 2010 as a coaching assistant with the Denver Broncos. He was the Detroit Lions’ quarterbacks coach in 2016 and 2017 before being poached by Jon Gruden, one of his admitted coaching mentors, to occupy the same position with the Oakland Raiders last season.