Cincinnati Bengals make it official: Zac Taylor named new head coach

After weeks of speculation, the Cincinnati Bengals have finally made it official: Zac Taylor is the team’s new head coach.

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Taylor was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams, who lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.

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He had interviewed with Cincinnati brass the first week of January after it was announced Marvin Lewis would not be returning for a 17th season, and it was reported the following week that Taylor had been selected for the job. However, because Taylor was still under contract with the Rams, the Bengals could not officially name him their coach until the completion of L.A.'s playoff run.

Taylor will be introduced at 2 p.m. Tuesday during a news conference at Paul Brown Stadium.

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Cincinnati reportedly interviewed at least eight candidates after Lewis and the Bengals mutually parted ways Dec. 31 following a 6-10 finish to the 2018 season, the team's third straight year with a losing record.

Taylor spent the 2016 college football season in the Queen City as the Cincinnati Bearcats’ offensive coordinator during Tommy Tuberville’s final year. He became the Rams’ assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 before moving to quarterbacks coach this season, helping an offense that ranked second in total yards and points during the regular season. Quarterback Jared Goff ranked fourth in passing with 293.0 yards per game, and the Rams earned the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.

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Although his NFL coaching experience is somewhat limited, Taylor also spent the 2012 through 2015 seasons as an assistant/offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins, where he helped quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the most productive seasons of his seven-year NFL career.

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