Being the Cincinnati Bengals head coach until at least the 2026 NFL season must feel good for Zac Taylor.
A season ago, football writers were calling for his head after managing just six wins in two seasons.
However, everything changed in 2021 when Joe Burrow got healthy and Ja’Marr Chase reunited with his partner at LSU.
They may have fallen one game short of the championship, but team owner Mike Brown feels that Taylor is the right mentor to lead this young but talented group of players back to the Super Bowl.
Therefore, Taylor agreed to a five-year extension that keeps him as head coach during the peak years of this stellar squad.
Terms were not disclosed, but Taylor earned the right to have an annual salary higher than the $4.5 million he’s currently receiving.
After all, the transformation he helped deliver is no small feat.
The Consensus About Taylor’s Contract Extension
It is but natural to congratulate someone for achieving an amazing milestone.
Taylor endured criticism during the struggling years, telling him that he might not be head coach material yet.
But through the misery, Brown stuck with him and they reaped the rewards of their patience.
Therefore, the NFL world has nothing but cheers for Taylor, as shown in these tweets.
Mike Brown on Zac Taylor's contract extension: Zac has come into the league and worked to develop the foundations for a winning program that can be successful over time. The fruits of Zac’s efforts were seen this year, and Zac is well-regarded by our players and coaches. #Bengals
— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) February 16, 2022
2021 was going to be a make-or-break year for Zac Taylor after six wins in two seasons.
Under that pressure, Cincinnati made the Super Bowl and he gets a contract extension. Hard to verbalize how impressive that is.
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) February 16, 2022
Fire Zac Taylor…
…up some steaks on the grill cause he did a hell of a job this year
— The Bengal Boys (@thebengalboys) February 14, 2022
Congrats to Zac Taylor on his extension. Well earned! https://t.co/WBDLdqXU7h
— Blaine Grisak (@bgrisakDTR) February 16, 2022
The ever-gracious Taylor thanked everyone who helped him achieve this personal milestone.
He will enjoy this reward for now before heading back to work starting at training camp.
This time, the situation will be different because the Bengals will now have the target on their back as AFC champions.
Likewise, WynnBET placed the Bengals as the third-most favored team to win Super Bowl LVII at +1200.
With a year of postseason success under their belt, it’s time for the Bengals to prove that their amazing run was no fluke.NEXT: Bengals Ensure Zac Taylor Will Be Around For A Long Time