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2019 Cincinnati Bengals Coaching Staff: Simmons highlights holdovers


Zac Taylor was named the 10th head coach in Cincinnati Bengals history on Feb. 4, 2019. He comes to Cincinnati after two seasons with the L.A. Rams, where he served as assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 and quarterbacks coach in ’18. In 2018, Taylor helped guide Rams QB Jared Goff to career highs in every major passing category — completions (364), attempts (561), passing yards (4688), passing TDs (32), completion percentage (64.9), yards per attempt (8.36) and passer rating (101.1). Goff ranked fourth in the NFL in passing yards and eighth in passer rating. The Rams’ QB play was a key component to their offense, which finished the regular season ranked second in the NFL in total net yards (421.1 per game), fifth in net passing yards (281.7), second in scoring (32.9), first in first downs (401) and fifth in third-down percentage (45.0). Los Angeles won the NFC West with a 13-3 regular-season record and advanced to Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots. In 2017, Taylor helped oversee an emerging Rams passing offense that ranked 10th in the NFL in pass yards per game (239.4). Taylor directed the Rams’ young receiving corps, headed by rookie Cooper Kupp, who finished the season with 62 catches, a team-high 869 receiving yards and five TDs. Kupp (869 yards), TE Gerald Everett (244) and WR Josh Reynolds (104) — all rookies — helped the Rams finish with the third-most receiving yards among rookie pass catchers.

Prior to his time with the Rams, Taylor had a one-year stint in the college ranks, serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Cincinnati in 2016. Taylor served under head coach Tommy Tuberville at UC. Taylor broke into NFL coaching in 2012 with the Miami Dolphins as assistant quarterbacks coach. He was elevated to quarterbacks coach from 2013-15, and spent the final five games of ’15 as the Dolphins’ interim offensive coordinator and primary play-caller, after the team made coaching staff changes in late November. During his time in Miami, Taylor was instrumental in the development of QB Ryan Tannehill, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2012. Taylor’s coaching career began at Texas A&M University, where he served as offensive graduate assistant and tight ends coach under head coach Mike Sherman from 2008-11. The Aggies shared the Big 12 South Championship in 2010 and played in three bowl games during Taylor’s time in College Station. As a player, Taylor began his collegiate career at Wake Forest (2002-03), before transferring to Butler County Community College in Kansas (’04) and then playing his final two seasons (’05-06) at the University of Nebraska. Taylor had a decorated career with the Cornhuskers, setting numerous school records and passing for a combined 5850 yards and 45 touchdowns. In his senior season of 2006, Taylor was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year after passing for 3197 total yards and leading the Cornhuskers to a 9-3 record, an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game and a berth in the Cotton Bowl. He was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2017. Taylor joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a college free agent in 2007, but he was waived prior to the start of training camp and never saw NFL action. Later that year, he joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, where he spent one season (did not play). His father, Sherwood, was a defensive back and captain at the University of Oklahoma, playing under Sooners head coach Barry Switzer from 1976-79. Sherwood Taylor later served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma and Kansas State University. Taylor’s brother, Press, played quarterback at Marshall University and is currently quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. Taylor was born on May 10, 1983, in Norman, Okla., where he was raised and later attended Norman High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Nebraska in 2006. He and his wife, Sarah, have four children — Brooks, Luke, Emma Claire and Milly. Sarah Taylor is the daughter of former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman.

Bengals’ 2019 coaching staff: Bengals head coach Zac Taylor enters 2019 with 22 assistant coaches — 15 who are new this season and seven who return from the ’18 staff. The team’s offensive coordinator, Brian Callahan, and defensive coordinator, Lou Anarumo, highlight the new additions, while special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons, the longest-tenured coach on the staff at 17 years, highlights the returning coaches. Here’s a look at the new staff, which at 23 coaches is the largest in team history (an asterisk denotes a coach who returns from 2018): HEAD COACH: ● Zac Taylor ASSISTANT COACHES: ● Lou Anarumo (defensive coordinator) ● Bob Bicknell* (wide receivers) ● Joey Boese (strength and conditioning) ● Brian Callahan (offensive coordinator) ● James Casey (tight ends) ● Gerald Chatman (defensive assistant) ● Brayden Coombs* (assistant special teams) ● Mark Duffner (senior defensive assistant) ● Nick Eason (defensive line) ● Todd Hunt (assistant strength and conditioning) ● Daronte Jones* (secondary/cornerbacks) ● Jordan Kovacs (defensive quality control) ● Brad Kragthorpe (offensive assistant) ● Robert Livingston* (secondary/safeties) ● Tem Lukabu (linebackers) ● Ben Martin (assistant offensive line) ● Dan Pitcher* (assistant quarterbacks) ● Darrin Simmons* (special teams coordinator) ● Jemal Singleton (running backs) ● Garrett Swanson (assistant strength and conditioning) ● Jim Turner (offensive line) ● Alex Van Pelt* (quarterbacks)