Bengals, Dolphins hire head coaches from Super Bowl LIII teams

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the last two open head coaching positions in the NFL have been filled.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced that Zac Taylor will be their new head coach. Taylor was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

The Miami Dolphins announced that Brian Flores will be their new head coach. Flores was the linebackers coach and defensive play caller for the New England Patriots.

It would appear that the Bengals will be focusing on offense this season, while the Dolphins are looking for defensive strength to help them finally top the Patriots in the AFC East.

While many people speculated that Bengals special assistance coach Hue Jackson would get that  job, the team made it clear in January that they were looking for someone else. Taylor’s work with Rams quarterback Jared Goff bodes well for Bengal fans looking for improvement from veteran QB Andy Dalton. It is also possible that, with an eye to the future and concerns about Dalton, that they target a QB in this year’s draft.

No word yet as to who may take over as Defensive Coordinator, but reports indicate that Jack Del Rio is not interested at this time. Dennis Allen and Dom Capers are names being thrown around as possible candidates.


Down in Miami, bringing on Flores from a division rival is an interesting move. He’s bringing Jerry Schuplinski, Patriots assistant QB coach, and promoting him to QB coach. Both have spent their entire coaching careers in New England, Flores since 2004 and Schuplinski since 2013.

This kind of stability speaks to how the Patriots have managed to be on top of their division, as well as the entire NFL, year after year. If the Dolphins are hoping to attain that success, and the five year deal they gave Flores indicates that they are, this is a great first step.


There were eight open head coach positions when the regular season ended.

For those of you keeping track at home, here’s the final list:

New York Jets – Adam Gase

Cleveland Browns – Freddie Kitchens

Green Bay Packers – Matt LaFleur

Denver Broncos – Vic Fangio

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Bruce Arians

Arizona Cardinals – Kliff Kingsbury

Cincinnati Bengals – Zac Taylor

Miami Dolphins – Brian Flores


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