Same people [me included] I can confirm they were big winners on Wednesday night.
There were seven vacancies as head coach this off-season. The jaguars, chargers, eagles, lions, hawks, jets and Texans have all hired new coaches.
Houston hired David Culley as the next head coach on Wednesday evening. The other six vacancies were already filled.
Despite his success in Kansas City, no one hired the chief’s offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy. Bill’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady will be back in Buffalo and Carolina next season.
This is a big win for the Bengals, who have a promising young quarterback and head coach who is 6-25-1 after two seasons.
Maybe Taylor will turn it around in the third year. He could be the young, promising offensive mind the organization believed will be discontinued in 2019. If it doesn’t work out and things continue to trend in the wrong direction, the Bengals will have some great coaching options in the next off-season.
The trio of Bieniemy, Brady, and Daboll interviewed most of the franchises with vacancies as head coaches. All three would be fascinating fits in Cincinnati.
Brady worked with Bengal’s star quarterback Joe Burrow during his 2019 LSU record campaign. The 31-year-old made the most of Burrow, helping the Tigers finish 15-0 in a magical season that ended with a national championship.
Brady’s success at LSU helped him become the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator ahead of the 2020 season.
Bieniemy interviewed the position as head coach for Bengals in 2019. They chose Taylor over the former NFL, which was falling.
Since then, Bieniemy has helped Patrick Mahomes become one of the most unstoppable forces in NFL history.
It’s a surprise he didn’t get a head coach job during this hiring cycle, but it gives the Bengals one more quality option should Taylor fail in 2021.
Same goes for Daboll, who helped Josh Allen develop into a top 10 quarterback. There were a lot of people in league circles who thought he was going to end up in Los Angeles.
Instead, all three coaches are given an additional year to show what they can do.
Brady will have one more season to grow as a coach and learn about life in the NFL.
Bieniemy will continue to work with Andy Reid, who is arguably the best head coach in the league.
Daboll will look to beat Bieniemy next season after the Bills’ 38:24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
This all could be a moot point if Taylor turns this around, but the Bengals need a backup plan if he can fix the ship in 2021.
It looks like they have a lot of options.
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