Dolphins, Bengals hires not done until done

Bengals assistants meeting with front office to learn fate

Bengals assistants meeting with front office to learn fate

But amid multiple reports that the Dolphins plan to hire Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and the Bengals plan to hire Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, don't forget the lesson that everyone learned a year ago with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels: It's not done until it's done.

Elise Jesse, a reporter from WLWT in Cincinnati, took it a step further.

Teams can't hire coaches from playoff teams until their teams are eliminated. Per Jesse, executive vice president Katie Blackburn and vice president Troy Blackburn made the decision.

Between hearing from Adam Schefter that the job is his to lose along with the ties to the city of Cincinnati in general, this seems like it would be a dream scenario for someone like Taylor.

He served as the University of Cincinnati's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2016.

Taylor, 35, spent the past two seasons on Sean McVay's staff, first as assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 before working directly with Jared Goff as the club's QB coach this past season. He served as the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2012, the quarterbacks coach from 2013-2015. In Cleveland, Freddie Kitchens has been promoted to head coach after taking over the offense as an interim offensive coordinator.

This would represent a departure for the Bengals.

SB Nation writer James Brady described Taylor's offensive background as one that could make him a natural fit for the Bengals' lineup of high-power offensive players such as Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Joe Mixon.

McVay, 32, joked recently that he's too young to have an NFL coaching tree, but it's clear numerous clubs in the league are enamored in attempting to find their own version of the wunderkind and reigning Coach of the Year.