Bengals sign head coach Zac Taylor to contract extension through 2026 season after Super Bowl loss

Bengals sign head coach Zac Taylor to contract extension through 2026 season after Super Bowl loss. Taylor, 38, helped Cincinnati win the franchise's first playoff game in 31 years, ending the longest active drought in the four major North American sports.

Fresh off their first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years, the Bengals have signed head coach Zac Taylor to an extension through the 2026 season, the team announced.

Taylor, 38, helped Cincinnati win the franchise's first playoff game in 31 years, ending the longest active drought in the four major North American sports. Hired before the 2019 season, Taylor's Bengals went 2-14 in 2019 and 4-11-1 in 2020. They broke through in 2021 with second-year quarterback Joe Burrow, going 10-7 before and winning the AFC North division for the first time since 2015 en route to an improbable Super Bowl appearance. The Rams, Taylor's previous employer, beat Cincinnati 23-20.

"I know the effort and passion Zac brings to the building and to our team, and I am pleased by his approach," Bengals president Mike Brown said in a statement. "And I think the city of Cincinnati sees him the way the players and I do. He's brought excitement to the town and deserves credit and recognition for that.”

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