Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has had quite a unique start to his NFL head coaching career. After starting out 6-25 in his first two years at the wheel for the Bengals, he’s already reaching legendary status in the playoffs.
And I’m not using the word “legendary” loosely, either. Just consider the names he’s joined over the past couple of seasons.
Per NFL Communications, Zac Taylor is 5-1 as a head coach in the postseason. His .833 postseason winning percentage ranks second in NFL history behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi (.900, 9-1) among coaches with a minimum of six games coached.
Sure, Lombardi’s number is insane because going 9-1 is difficult to wrap our heads around in today’s game, but Taylor’s postseason record is also impressive as heck. Especially considering his lone loss happened in the Super Bowl while three of his playoff wins have been on the road.
The Bengals coach is only the 13th head coach in NFL history to win at least five of his first six postseason games, the first since Mike Tomlin, per NFL Communications.
Taylor has a shot to win at least six of his first seven playoff games in NFL history.
If the Bengals beat the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, he would join Bill Belichick, Mike Shanahan, and Pro Football Hall of Famers Tom Flores, Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Walsh, and Lombardi as the only head coaches to do so.
When you’re up there with those names, you have a chance at becoming a playoff legend. Of course, the Bengals head coach is doing it with the help of Joe Burrow.
With a win on Sunday, these two could catapult into historic status very soon.
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