Bengals HC Zac Taylor wants one thing in Cincinnati makeover
The Cincinnati Bengals are amid a massive rebuild, but head coach Zac Taylor wants more than just high-character players on his roster. While the Bengals continue to build their new-look roster, Taylor revealed that he wants to add players with an “edge” to their game:
“When you say a guy with an edge, that’s a guy who’s not afraid to hold his teammates to a higher standard. They have a killer instinct on the field playing against an opponent, but at the same time, that’s not where most of your time is spent. Most of your time is spent in meeting rooms, on practice fields, or doing individual stuff. We’re going to get to where we want to go if not just the coaches hold the players to a high standard, but the players hold themselves to that standard.”
The Bengals, just as expected, selected Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Then, after Burrow, Cincinnati continued to draft players with winning pedigrees. During the free agency period, the Bengals also added a few players from contending rosters.
For Burrow, he’s a fearless quarterback that is as confident as they come. Even in a quarterback-friendly offense like the one he had at LSU, Burrow’s 60 passing touchdowns didn’t happen by accident. Similar to the top-tier quarterbacks in the NFL, Burrow has moxie and determination to achieve great things.
Without a doubt, Taylor knows that the Bengals aren’t going to become a playoff team overnight. Though, it appears that he’s drawing inspiration from watching The Last Dance — an ESPN documentary on the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan’s last championship run in the 1990s that’s all about a team with a winning edge.