Boyd: Excited To Have Offensive Guru As Head Coach

The Bengals are reportedly interested in hiring Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor to replace Marvin Lewis

The DA Show
January 11, 2019 - 11:36 am

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For the first time since 2003, the Cincinnati Bengals will have a head coach other than Marvin Lewis, and they are reportedly interested in hiring Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor at the end of the season.

Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd would have no problem with that.

“I don’t really know him personally, but I think that would be a great move from my standpoint because I’m an offensive guy,” Boyd said on The DA Show. “It seems like he’s an offensive guru, and just seeing what he did with the Rams this year – they had two 1,000-yard receivers, a 1,000-yard running back in Gurley. We’ve got the same weapons, I think. So he’ll come in and just keep the ball rolling.”

Taylor, 35, served as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016 before joining Sean McVay in Los Angeles.

The Rams had a pair of 1,200-yard receivers in Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks this year, while Todd Gurley accounted for 1,800+ total yards and 21 touchdowns (17 rushing, four receiving).

Taylor was 19 when Lewis became Bengals coach in 2003. D.A. questioned whether Lewis was still effective as a head coach after so many years.

“That’s a great question,” Boyd said. “To be honest, I can’t really talk much about that. I don’t really know too much. But I think all the guys respected him. Once he said his farewells, everybody showed him sorrow and showed that he would be truly missed because he’s been there for 16 years. It’s definitely going to feel kind of different. But I think he had guys juiced up and ready to play at all times. He just didn’t get the right opportunities when he was there. He was a winning coach. He didn’t have no problems with no one that I knew of.”

Lewis led the Bengals to the postseason seven times – and went 0-7. Cincinnati has missed the playoffs three years in a row.

“At the end of the day, players got to play and the coaches got to coach,” Boyd said. “I thought Marvin did a pretty good job of putting guys in position to win. But like I mentioned we’ve been going through up-and-down seasons with injuries and having to worry about things that was out of his control. I think that he tried his best to put us in a situation to excel, but things wasn’t ready to fall into place yet.”

Still, it’s safe to say the Bengals were ready for a fresh start.

“Kind of,” Boyd said. “I believe so.”