COACHES

Zac Taylor
Assistant Wide Receivers

Biography

Zac Taylor enters his first season as assistant wide receivers coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

Coming from the collegiate ranks, he previously served as the offensive coordinator for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. He also assumed the role of quarterbacks coach after joining the staff in January 2016.

Taylor brought NFL experience to the Bearcats, having spent four seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2012-15), serving as the team’s offensive coordinator and primary play-caller for the second half of the 2015 campaign. He spent three-and-a-half years as the team’s quarterbacks coach, having been named to that position on January 30, 2013. Taylor originally joined the Dolphin organization as the team’s assistant quarterbacks coach on January 30, 2012.

During his time in Miami, Taylor was instrumental in the development of signal caller Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill threw for 3,000 or more yards in each of his first four seasons, the first quarterback in team history to achieve that feat and only the second quarterback to have multiple 3,000 yard passing seasons along with Hall of Famer Dan Marino.

Tannehill’s 15,460 passing yards in his first four seasons are the third-most among all quarterbacks in NFL history in their first three seasons according to Pro- Football-Reference.com, trailing Peyton Manning (1998- 2001/16,418) and Dan Marino (1983-86/16,177). Tannehill set a career mark in 2015 with 4,208 yards passing, going 363-for-586 with 24 touchdowns and a rating of 88.7.

In 2014, Tannehill threw 27 touchdowns, a career high and the sixth-most in Dolphins history. It was the most since Marino threw 30 in 1994. Tannehill also set career highs with a completion percentage of 66.4 and a passer rating of 92.8. Additionally, Tannehill set a franchise record with his 392 completions, surpassing Marino’s 385 in 1994.

In 2013, under Taylor’s guidance, Tannehill threw for 3,912 passing yards. His 7,207 passing yards through his first two seasons were the fifth-most by any quarterback over the course of their first two seasons in NFL history.

In 2012, Tannehill set team rookie records in passing yards (3,294), attempts (484), and completions (282) and he became the first quarterback in Dolphins history to start all of the team’s games as a rookie.

Taylor joined the Dolphins from Texas A&M University, where he served as the offensive graduate assistant and tight ends coach from 2008-11 under head coach Mike Sherman. The Aggies shared the Big 12 South Championship in 2010 and played in three bowl games during Taylor’s time in College Station.

As a player, Taylor spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being signed as an undrafted college free agent on April 29, 2007, but was waived prior to the start of training camp. He then joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in the fall of 2007.

Taylor completed a two-year career at Nebraska, setting nearly every Huskers passing record. He threw for 5,850 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career and was tabbed to play in the 2007 East West Shrine Game.

The 2006 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Taylor passed for more than 2,700 yards as a senior, leading the Cornhuskers to a 9-3 record, an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game and a matchup against the Auburn Tigers in the Cotton Bowl. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Nebraska in 2006.

Prior to his time at Nebraska, Taylor passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns at Butler County CC (Kan.) to earn second-team NJCAA All-America honors. He helped lead the Grizzlies to the NJCAA championship game, where they lost to Pearl River JC (Miss.). Taylor began his collegiate career at Wake Forest, redshirting in 2002 and serving as the Demon Deacons’ backup quarterback in 2003.

Taylor has three siblings, Press, Quincy and Kathryn. Taylor’s younger brother, Press, played QB at Marshall University and is currently the assistant quaterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. Taylor’s father, Sherwood, was a defensive back and captain for Oklahoma and head coach Barry Switzer from 1976-1979. Sherwood later coached at Oklahoma (1981-83) and Kansas State (1984-85).

Zac and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of three children: Brooks, Luke, and Emma Claire

Zac Taylor enters his first season as assistant wide receivers coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

Coming from the collegiate ranks, he previously served as the offensive coordinator for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. He also assumed the role of quarterbacks coach after joining the staff in January 2016.

Taylor brought NFL experience to the Bearcats, having spent four seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2012-15), serving as the team’s offensive coordinator and primary play-caller for the second half of the 2015 campaign. He spent three-and-a-half years as the team’s quarterbacks coach, having been named to that position on January 30, 2013. Taylor originally joined the Dolphin organization as the team’s assistant quarterbacks coach on January 30, 2012.

During his time in Miami, Taylor was instrumental in the development of signal caller Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill threw for 3,000 or more yards in each of his first four seasons, the first quarterback in team history to achieve that feat and only the second quarterback to have multiple 3,000 yard passing seasons along with Hall of Famer Dan Marino.

Tannehill’s 15,460 passing yards in his first four seasons are the third-most among all quarterbacks in NFL history in their first three seasons according to Pro- Football-Reference.com, trailing Peyton Manning (1998- 2001/16,418) and Dan Marino (1983-86/16,177). Tannehill set a career mark in 2015 with 4,208 yards passing, going 363-for-586 with 24 touchdowns and a rating of 88.7.

In 2014, Tannehill threw 27 touchdowns, a career high and the sixth-most in Dolphins history. It was the most since Marino threw 30 in 1994. Tannehill also set career highs with a completion percentage of 66.4 and a passer rating of 92.8. Additionally, Tannehill set a franchise record with his 392 completions, surpassing Marino’s 385 in 1994.

In 2013, under Taylor’s guidance, Tannehill threw for 3,912 passing yards. His 7,207 passing yards through his first two seasons were the fifth-most by any quarterback over the course of their first two seasons in NFL history.

In 2012, Tannehill set team rookie records in passing yards (3,294), attempts (484), and completions (282) and he became the first quarterback in Dolphins history to start all of the team’s games as a rookie.

Taylor joined the Dolphins from Texas A&M University, where he served as the offensive graduate assistant and tight ends coach from 2008-11 under head coach Mike Sherman. The Aggies shared the Big 12 South Championship in 2010 and played in three bowl games during Taylor’s time in College Station.

As a player, Taylor spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being signed as an undrafted college free agent on April 29, 2007, but was waived prior to the start of training camp. He then joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in the fall of 2007.

Taylor completed a two-year career at Nebraska, setting nearly every Huskers passing record. He threw for 5,850 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career and was tabbed to play in the 2007 East West Shrine Game.

The 2006 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Taylor passed for more than 2,700 yards as a senior, leading the Cornhuskers to a 9-3 record, an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game and a matchup against the Auburn Tigers in the Cotton Bowl. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Nebraska in 2006.

Prior to his time at Nebraska, Taylor passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns at Butler County CC (Kan.) to earn second-team NJCAA All-America honors. He helped lead the Grizzlies to the NJCAA championship game, where they lost to Pearl River JC (Miss.). Taylor began his collegiate career at Wake Forest, redshirting in 2002 and serving as the Demon Deacons’ backup quarterback in 2003.

Taylor has three siblings, Press, Quincy and Kathryn. Taylor’s younger brother, Press, played QB at Marshall University and is currently the assistant quaterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. Taylor’s father, Sherwood, was a defensive back and captain for Oklahoma and head coach Barry Switzer from 1976-1979. Sherwood later coached at Oklahoma (1981-83) and Kansas State (1984-85).

Zac and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of three children: Brooks, Luke, and Emma Claire

 

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