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Zac Taylor | Coaching Profile

Zac Taylor is a rising NFL head coach, known for his successful tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals. His coaching career highlights include:

  • Compiled a 37-44-1 head coaching record over five seasons
  • Led the team to two consecutive AFC Championship appearances (2021-2022)
  • Achieved the most playoff wins (5) in Cincinnati Bengals history

Zac Taylor Coaching Record

Years ActiveRecordWin %Playoff RecordPlayoff Win %
1290-87-150.84%7-463.64%
Coaching record as member of coaching staff and at head coach.

Coaching Tree

Parents

  • Joe Philbin
  • Sean McVay

Children

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Zac Taylor Coaching Style

Zac Taylor’s coaching approach is centered around offensive innovation and player development. His philosophy encompasses several key elements:

  • Implementing a modern, pass-oriented offense
  • Fostering strong relationships with players, particularly quarterbacks
  • Adapting game plans to maximize player strengths
  • Emphasizing a collaborative team culture

Taylor’s coaching style is heavily influenced by his experience as a college quarterback and his time under Sean McVay with the Los Angeles Rams. He focuses on creating a dynamic offense that can adjust to different defensive schemes and exploit mismatches.

Zac Taylor Coaching Tree

Prior to becoming the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Zac Taylor gained experience under several notable coaches:

  • Served as an assistant under Joe Philbin with the Miami Dolphins
  • Worked as quarterbacks coach under Sean McVay with the Los Angeles Rams

Taylor’s ability to develop coaching talent is evidenced by Brian Callahan, his former offensive coordinator, securing a head coaching position with the Tennessee Titans in 2024.

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Zac Taylor Football Career Timeline

  • University of Nebraska (2005-2006):
    • Starting Quarterback
    • Set school records for passing yards in a season (2,653 in 2005, 3,197 in 2006)
    • Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year (2006)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2007):
    • Signed as undrafted free agent (cut before training camp)
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) (2007):
    • Practice squad member
  • Texas A&M (2008-2011): Tight Ends Coach, Graduate Assistant
  • Miami Dolphins (2012-2015):
    • Assistant Quarterbacks Coach (2012)
    • Quarterbacks Coach (2013-2015)
    • Interim Offensive Coordinator (2015)
  • University of Cincinnati (2016):
    • Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach
  • Los Angeles Rams (2017-2018):
    • Assistant Wide Receivers Coach (2017)
    • Quarterbacks Coach (2018)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2019-Present):
    • Head Coach

As the Bengals continue to build on their recent success, it remains to be seen how Taylor’s coaching philosophy will evolve to maintain the team’s competitiveness in the challenging AFC North division and the broader NFL landscape.