The NFL is a copy cat league. Sean McVay is the template.
The internal dialogue of many NFL executives seems to be, “Sean McVay is an innovative coach. Sean McVay is young. Innovative coaches are young. We need a young coach.”
Bengals’ president Mike Brown has said as much when asked about the youth movement after hiring Zac Taylor. “That’s the trend in the National Football League these days, and we’ll be following that trend,” Brown stated. There is a lot wrong with this statement. Is following a trend an advantageous way to run an organization? Zac Taylor could very well be that guy but hopefully for reasons other than trend following.
The Bengals aren’t the only ones. For a full overview of all the inexperienced play-callers in 2019, Jason Wood has you covered.
Taylor has spent the last two seasons with Sean McVay – the template himself. However, Taylor didn’t call plays under McVay. The former Nebraska quarterback has a little over one season of play-calling experience. In 2015 he served as the interim offensive coordinator of the Dolphins for five games after the firing of Bill Lazor. The following season he joined the University of Cincinnati where he served as the Bearcats’ offensive coordinator.