Following two seasons and a loss in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, Zac Taylor headed to his new home, the Cincinnati Bengals.
Taylor is no stranger to the Cincinnati area having spent one season on the staff of Tommy Tuberville at the University of Cincinnati.
Here is more of a look at the new man in charge of the Bengals on field production going forward.
Player High School / College: Taylor was a record-setting quarterback at Norman High School. Few colleges recruited Taylor out of high school. He signed with Wake Forest where he spent two seasons. After a transfer to Butler Community College (Kansas), Taylor headed to Nebraska where he earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors his final season.
Professional Career: Undrafted, Taylor was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but cut in preseason. He then headed to Canada joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for one season.
NFL: In 2012, Taylor was named assistant quarterbacks’ coach for the Miami Dolphins. In late 2015, Taylor was promoted to interim offensive coordinator for the Dolphins.
College: Taylor served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M prior to starting his NFL coaching career. In 2016, Taylor was hired at the University of Cincinnati by Tommy Tuberville as the Bearcats’ offensive coordinator. At that time, many felt Taylor was on the rise as a college at the college or NFL level.
NFL: In 2017, Taylor was hired by the Los Angeles Rams as assistant wide receivers’ coach. This past season, Taylor served as the Rams quarterback coach.
NFL: Taylor was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals on February 4, 2019.
DID YOU KNOW
Taylor’s younger brother, Press Taylor also played quarterback at the college level with Marshall University. After working at Tulsa in 2011 and 2012, the younger Taylor has been with the Philadelphia Eagles since 2013 with this past season seeing him as the team’s quarterbacks’ coach.
Taylor’s father, Sherwood, played defensive back at Oklahoma for Barry Switzer (1976-79) where he served as a captain.