Joe Burrow Zac Taylor
Joe Burrow made it clear that he believes in Zac Taylor and that is confident he will become an excellent head coach. Thus far the record in Cincinnati isn’t pretty. (Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

Can Joe Burrow and Zac Taylor build a winner in Cincinnati? Thus far under Taylor’s watch, the Bengals have been a tire fire. The former Sean McVay assistant is just 6-25-1 in two seasons. Forget about the record, Burrow has Taylor’s back.

“I think Zac’s going to be a really, really good coach,” Burrow said, via the team’s website. “Obviously we didn’t win as many games as we expected this year. We had a lot of key injuries that kind of prevented us from doing that, but with one more offseason I think next year’s going to be a lot of fun and we’ll take a big step.”

The Bengals have not had the strongest roster in the world under Taylor’s watch. They’re also a big step down from where the franchise was under Marvin Lewis which is saying something. It’s too early to write the book on Taylor but the turnaround needs to start now.

If there is a positive Taylor can hang his hat on heading into season number three, it’s that Burrow didn’t throw up on himself as a rookie. Burrow posted a 13-5 TD to INT ratio in 10 starts. That’s all you’re asking for out of a rookie QB. Just don’t look lost all the time.

Can the Bengals become serious contenders with Joe Burrow and Zac Taylor? The division isn’t the easiest in the world. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland were all playoff teams in 2020. Navigating their way back to the top of the division will be a difficult wall to climb.