Bengals, Dolphins hire Super Bowl assistants to be their next head coaches

The Bengals and the Dolphins waited weeks, but each team finally found its head coach.

After 16 years without a playoff win under Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati had to wait more than a month before hiring Zac Taylor as their head coach in hopes of ending a long streak of futility. Miami had to do the same, finally able to bring aboard Brian Flores, the New England Patriots’ linebackers coach and defensive play-caller, as head coach.

• With Cincinnati, Taylor, the Rams’ quarterbacks coach, reached a deal a few hours after L.A.’s 13-3 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl at Atlanta.

After three straight losing seasons and 28 years without a playoff victory, Cincinnati joined the latest wave — turning to a young, offensive-minded coach.

“Zach is a bright coach with an offensive mind and background, which is important to have in today’s NFL,” owner Mike Brown said in a statement. “And he’s young. He embraces new ideas and new ways to do things, which will be a good thing for us.”

Taylor, 35, is the Bengals’ youngest head coach since they hired Dave Shula at age 32 in in 1992. Shula lost 50 games faster than any coach in NFL history, finishing 19-52.

• Flores accepted the Miami job hours after helping the Patriots shut down the Rams.

“It has been a whirlwind 24 hours,” Flores said with a smile at a news conference.

“Looking at this crowd here, you’d think we won the Super Bowl,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. “I’ve never seen this many people in this room.”

Flores was the first person interviewed after the Dolphins fired Adam Gase on Dec. 31.

“I wasn’t in a rush to become a head coach,” said Flores, 37. “I had a good job.”

The son of Honduran immigrants, Flores grew up in Brooklyn and has spent his coaching career with the Pats.

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