Cincinnati Bengals to keep head coach Zac Taylor, “remain optimistic on foundations” he’s building

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The #Cincinnati #Bengals will bring back coach #Zac #Taylor for a third season.
#In a statement on #Monday morning, team president #Mike #Brown said the franchise remained optimistic about #Taylor despite going 6-25-1 over the past two seasons.

“We remain optimistic about the foundation that #Zac is building, and we look forward to next year giving our fans the winning results we all want,” #Brown said in a statement released by the team.

#Brown’s comments came a day after the #Bengals (4-11-1) suffered a 38-3 loss to the #Baltimore #Ravens in the season finale and allowed a franchise record of 404 yards in the ground. #It was also a rare public comment from #Brown, who hasn’t held a press conference since #July 2019.

#Taylor’s second season provided flashes of optimism after the #Bengals finished with the league’s worst record of 2019. #Rookie quarterback #Joe #Burrow, the first overall pick in the 2020 #Draft, had a promising first season ahead. of sustaining a season-ending knee injury against #Washington on #Nov. 22. The #Bengals were able to beat #Pittsburgh for the first time since 2015 and won their first road competition since #Week 4 of the 2018 season.

#In addition to #Burrow, the team had to deal with several major injuries by the end of the season. #Running back #Joe #Mixon, defensive tackle DJ #Reader, cornerback #Trae #Waynes and left tackle #Jonah #Williams were all among the players who ended the season on the injured reserve.

“This season we have faced challenges with injuries in key positions and missed opportunities,” said #Brown. “I am proud of our football team for its relentless fight against adversity. #This adversity and hard work will help us next season. ”

The #Bengals will have the fifth pick in the 2021 NFL #Draft.

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