The Bengals know who they want to be their next head coach.
Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor is the preferred candidate for Cincinnati, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources.
The job is Taylor’s to lose, the report says
Bengals would like to hire Rams’ QB coach Zac Taylor after Los Angeles’ season ends, league sources tell @mortreport and me. It looks like it is Taylor’s job to lose. He is the preferred choice.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2019
Taylor was the University of Cincinnati offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016. He moved on to Los Angeles to coach the wide receivers in 2017 and was named the quarterbacks coach in 2018.
He also spent time with the Dolphins as an assistant quarterbacks coach and interim offensive coordinator.
Taylor played quarterback at Wake Forest and Nebraska in college. Over his final two seasons with the Cornhuskers he threw 45 touchdowns to 20 interceptions while completing 57.2 percent of his passes.
Taylor’s Rams are still in the playoffs and face off with the Cowboys on Saturday in the NFC Divisional Round. Taylor can not be hired until after Los Angeles’ season is over.
The Bengals fired former head coach Marvin Lewis after 16 seasons with the team. He went 131-122-3 in his time in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati had also been rumored to be looking at former Browns head coach Hue Jackson and former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph for its head coaching vacancy.