CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It’s a new ‘dey’ for Who Dey.
The Bengals held new-head coach Zac Taylor’s introductory press conference Tuesday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.
Taylor was asked why he felt he is ready to be an NFL head coach and he said he feels like he learned a lot along the way.
“I am ready to lead,” he said.
Mike Brown said Taylor has a goal to take the Bengals to the top - and he agreed.
“We’re going to be a connected team. We want people that are all pulling on the same rope. We all want to get this thing to the top," Taylor said.
Taylor said it will take some time to put a coaching staff together, but he said he knows what he’s looking for.
“Looking for great teachers. Concise communicators. Outside the box thinkers and people who aren’t afraid to deviate from the norm," he said.
Taylor called this next step in his career a dream come true.
“It’s a life long dream of mine to be a head coach at the highest level. We fell in love with this city three years ago and we are excited to be back," he said.
Who Dey nation got acquainted with their new head-honcho Monday afternoon when the team made the official announcement.
Speculation that Taylor was the Bengals pick to replace Marvin Lewis ran rampant for weeks leading up to the Super Bowl where Taylor’s Rams lost a defensive battle to Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Taylor is a familiar face to the Queen City. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Cincinnati in 2016 under head coach Tommy Tuberville.
He is stepping into his new head coaching position on the heels of an NFC West winning 13-3 season with the Rams.
Taylor also spent time with the Miami Dolphins as an assistant coach from 2012-2015.
The Bengals hope Taylor’s offensive prowess will help the team’s struggling offense which failed to mount an offensive attack in the first half of the Dec. 23 game against the Browns.
That loss guaranteed a last place finish for the team for the first time since 2010.
This is the Bengals' first head coach hire since 2003 when Marvin Lewis put the headset on.
The Bengals also hope this upcoming season will be the first season in those last 16 season the team will win a playoff game.
They haven’t won a single playoff game in the last 16 years despite making the playoffs seven times -- including three appearances as AFC North Champions (2005, 2013 and 2015.)