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Rams promote Zac Taylor to quarterbacks coach after loss of Greg Olson to Raiders

By in Press Enterprise on January 10, 2018

By Rich Hammond

The Rams moved quickly on Tuesday and promoted Zac Taylor to quarterbacks coach, just a few hours after the Oakland Raiders plucked Greg Olson off the Rams’ staff.

During his introductory news conference Tuesday, new Raiders coach Jon Gruden announced that Olson, formerly the Rams’ quarterbacks coach, would be his new offensive coordinator. That hire had been expected since published reports linked Gruden to the Raiders.

Taylor, 34, was a college quarterback at Nebraska and had brief stints in the NFL (Tampa Bay) and the Canadian Football League. Taylor joined the Rams’ staff last January as the assistant receivers coach, under Eric Yarber, and now becomes quarterback Jared Goff’s third position coach in three years.

“Zach’s promotion is a testament to him and the coaches that we have in place, as well as our desire as an organization to build and grow from within,” Coach Sean McVay said in a statement provided by the team. “He has a clear understanding of our offense and we’re confident in his ability to coach this group at a high level and that his transition into this role will be seamless.”

Taylor’s first NFL job was as assistant quarterbacks coach with Miami in 2012. He got promoted to lead quarterbacks coach in 2013 and also served as interim offensive coordinator for the last month of the 2015 season. During that time, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill enjoyed solid success.

Taylor spent the 2016 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Cincinnati.

Goff took a big step forward in his second NFL season, and Olson received solid praise for that development, but Goff also relies heavily on McVay and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, a former quarterbacks coach.


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