Taylor has served as an NFL assistant since 2012.

By Kaelen Jones
January 20, 2019

The Cincinnati Bengals are finalizing a deal to hire Zac Taylor as their new head coach, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Taylor served as the Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach this season as a member of Sean McVay's staff.

Following Los Angeles's Super Bowl loss, Taylor is set to fly to Cincinnati on Monday morning, where it's expected he will finalize his deal with the Bengals, ESPN's Dan Graziano added.

Taylor will replace Marvin Lewis, who mutually agreed to part ways with Cincinatti at the end of the 2018 regular season after helming the Bengals for 16 seasons. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that the Bengals preferred to hire Taylor to fill their head-coaching vacancy.

Taylor, 35, worked on Los Angeles' staff for each of the past two years since joining the Rams staff as an assistant wide receivers coach in 2017.

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In 2008, Taylor made his coaching debut as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, a position he held until 2011. He joined the Miami Dolphins as an assistant quarterbacks coach on Joe Philbin's staff in 2012. He was named full-time QBs coach in 2013, and held the role through 2015, when he was also promoted to offensive coordinator. During Taylor's time in Miami, quarterback Ryan Tannehill registered multiple 3,000-yard seasons through the air.

Taylor served as offensive coordinator and QBs coach at the University of Cincinnati in 2016 before joining McVay's staff.

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