Former Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor appears likely to join the NFL head coaching ranks.
According to multiple reports, Taylor is the favorite to land the Cincinnati Bengals' job.
The Bengals have not offered Taylor the position or started negotiations yet, according to reports, and can't until the Los Angeles Rams are eliminated from the playoffs.
Taylor has been credited as a key cog in the Rams' explosive offense that produced the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. Los Angeles ranks fifth in the league in passing yards per game, and quarterback Jared Goff has thrown for 4,688 yards (fourth) and 32 touchdowns (tied for sixth) this season.
Taylor started every game as Nebraska's quarterback in 2005 and 2006, winning Big 12 player of the year as a senior. He embarked on his coaching career after a year in the Canadian Football League.
He got his start as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M for his now-father-in-law Mike Sherman. He then worked for the Miami Dolphins from 2012-15, eventually rising to offensive coordinator. He spent 2016 in the collegiate ranks with Cincinnati before returning to the NFL in 2017 on head coach Sean McVay's staff in Los Angeles.
He joined the Rams as the assistant wide receivers coach and was elevated to quarterbacks coach for the 2018 season. In a Sports Illustrated article about Taylor published last month, McVay called Taylor "instrumental" to the Rams' offense.
"There’s a refreshing security that Zac has in himself," McVay told SI. "He has great emotional intelligence and awareness for how to communicate in a way that makes people’s guards go down. That’s a great trait for a coach to have.”
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Super Bowl LII
Nate Gerry, Philadelphia Eagles; Rex Burkhead and Vincent Valentine, New England Patriots
Gerry played special teams for Philadelphia during its 41-33 win. Vincent Valentine was out with injury and Rex Burkhead had three rushes for 18 yards and a 46-yard reception for the Patriots.
Super Bowl LI
Vincent Valentine, New England Patriots
Valentine played as a reserve defensive lineman and on special teams but did not record any stats in New England's victory against Atlanta.
Super Bowl 50
Zaire Anderson, Denver Broncos
Anderson was a member of Denver's practice squad during the Broncos' Super Bowl championship season.
Super Bowl XLIX
Alfonzo Dennard and Eric Martin, New England Patriots
Dennard (pictured) missed the entire playoffs because of injury. Martin was a member of New England's practice squad.
Super Bowl XLVIII
Stewart Bradley, Denver Broncos
Bradley was placed on injured reserve before the start of the season and never played in a game for the Broncos.
Super Bowl XLVII
Sam Koch, Baltimore Ravens
Koch made the play that essentially sealed the victory for Baltimore. With a 34-29 lead and 11 seconds remaining, Koch received the snap on fourth down in his own end zone and took an intentional safety that left San Francisco with only four seconds on the ensuing safety punt. The 49ers weren't able to score, and the Ravens won, 34-31.
Super Bowl XLVI
Prince Amukamara, New York Giants
Amukamara recorded one tackle in the Super Bowl victory over New England, capping a rookie season hampered by a broken foot suffered in training camp.
Super Bowl XLV
Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers
Jackson did not record a rushing attempt in the Super Bowl victory over Pittsburgh, but he did have one catch for 14 yards.
Super Bowl XLIV
Carl Nicks and Scott Shanle, New Orleans Saints; Cody Glenn, Indianapolis Colts
Both Shanle (linebacker) and Nicks (left guard) started for the Super Bowl-winning Saints. Shanle recorded six tackles and defended a pair of passes. Nicks and the Saints' offensive line surrendered one sack but paved the way for only 51 rushing yards. Glenn played primarily on special teams for the Colts but did not record any stats.
Super Bowl XLIII
Ralph Brown, Arizona Cardinals
Brown recorded one tackle in the loss to Pittsburgh, but he almost saved the victory for Arizona. Ben Roethlisberger's game-winning touchdown throw to Santonio Holmes went just over Brown's fingertips.
Super Bowl XLII
Le Kevin Smith, New England Patriots
Smith did not record any stats serving as a reserve defensive lineman in New England's loss to the Giants.
Super Bowl XLI
Mike Brown, Chicago Bears
Brown was on injured reserve for Chicago's Super Bowl loss to Indianapolis after suffering a Lisfranc fracture during Week 6 of the regular season.
Super Bowl XL
Josh Brown and Grant Wistrom, Seattle Seahawks
Brown (pictured) made a 47-yard field goal in the first quarter but missed on attempts of 54 and 50 yards later in the game. Wistrom started at defensive end and recorded two tackles, including an eight-yard sack, but Seattle lost to Pittsburgh, 21-10.
Super Bowl XXXIX
Russ Hochstein, New England Patriots
Hochstein was a backup offensive lineman in the Patriots' victory against Philadelphia.
Super Bowl XXXVIII
Russ Hochstein, New England Patriots; Mike Minter and Mike Rucker, Carolina Panthers
Hochstein started at left guard on a New England offensive line that didn't allow a sack and led the way for 127 rushing yards. He was also on the field for Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal. Minter (strong safety) and Rucker (defensive end) both also started for the Panthers. Minter (pictured) had nine tackles and five passes defended. Rucker recorded two tackles.
Super Bowl XXXVII
Eric Johnson and Adam Treu, Oakland Raiders
Johnson (pictured) recovered a blocked punt and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown. Treu started at center, but Oakland's offensive line gave up five sacks in the loss to Tampa Bay.
Super Bowl XXXVI
Grant Wistrom, St. Louis Rams
Wistrom started at defensive end and recorded five tackles, including a four-yard sack.
Super Bowl XXXV
Christian Peter, New York Giants
Peter had two tackles as a backup defensive lineman in New York's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Super Bowl XXXIV
Grant Wistrom, St. Louis Rams; Doug Colman, Tennessee Titans
Wistrom (pictured) started at defensive end and recorded three tackles for the victorious Rams. Colman did not record any stats as a backup linebacker for the Titans.
Super Bowl XXXIII
Neil Smith, Denver Broncos; Michael Booker, Atlanta Falcons
Smith (pictured) recorded one tackle as a backup defensive lineman for the winning Broncos. Booker started at corner for Atlanta.
Super Bowl XXXII
Neil Smith and Tony Veland, Denver Broncos; Tyrone Williams, Green Bay Packers
Smith (pictured) started at defensive end and recovered a fumble in the Denver victory. Veland served as a backup defensive back. Williams started at corner for Green Bay and also recovered a fumble.
Super Bowl XXXI
Tyrone Williams and Calvin Jones, Green Bay Packers
Both Williams (defensive back, pictured) and Jones (running back) served as backups in Green Bay's victory over New England.
Super Bowl XXX
Donta Jones and Brenden Stai, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stai started at right guard, and Jones (pictured) was a backup linebacker in Pittsburgh's loss to Dallas.
Super Bowl XXIX
John Parrella, San Diego Chargers
Parrella was a backup defensive lineman in San Diego's loss to the 49ers.
Super Bowl XXVIII
John Parrella and Nate Turner, Buffalo Bills
Both Parrella and Turner (pictured) were in their rookie seasons with Buffalo but neither recorded any stats in the Bills' Super Bowl loss to Dallas.