Zac Taylor is the new man in charge for the Cincinnati Bengals. Taylor most recently worked as the Quarterbacks Coach for the Los Angeles Rams in 2018. Working under the offensive genius Sean McVay and with the young QB Jared Goff, Taylor is in the perfect setting to attempt a rebuild reminiscent of the Rams’.
Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton is on the final year of his contract, is turning 32 this season, and hasn’t led the Bengals to the playoffs since 2015, never having won a playoff game. It will be a pivotal year for Dalton, and he may have a great year. But this is a bad roster, with a new and young head coach who may be selecting in the top 5 of the draft with three great QB prospects.
Jake Fromm from Georgia sits atop the 2020 QB class and he also happens to be the perfect fit for Taylor and his vision for the Bengals. Fromm’s top attributes are his intelligence and accuracy. Taylor wants to be more of a power run based offense, meaning Fromm’s skill set aligns perfectly. Fromm will be able to grasp Taylor’s innovative scheme early on and while not necessarily playing things safe, he won’t turn the ball over.
The Bengals are building up a young offensive line, and while they work to become a top unit, Fromm’s ability to move well in the pocket and throw well under pressure will help ease the growing pains. This team also has great potential in the receiving corps as well. A.J. Green is a star, Tyler Boyd is a budding star, and this 2020 wide receiver draft class is loaded, meaning the Bengals can come back at the top of the second round and get a great talent.
Fromm is like Goff in a lot of ways (IQ, accuracy, pocket presence), who made big strides in 2018 in his one year working with Taylor. Fromm is the most pro-ready QB in this draft class and can slide right into Taylor’s scheme and his new-look Bengals’ team.
The Bengals can make the decision to tank without the threat of Taylor getting fired after just one losing season in Cincinnati when the expectations are so low. While I don’t support tanking, this is the perfect situation for the Bengals. The #BombforFromm campaign should be fully on in Cincinnati.