INDIANAPOLIS — The reports had been out there for weeks, so it was no surprise that after Los Angeles' appearance in Super Bowl LIII, the team's 2018 quarterbacks coach hopped on a plane to become Cincinnati's next head coach.
Now standing on a podium in Indianapolis at the 2019 NFL Combine, Zac Taylor admitted he hasn't really had much time to process or reflect on the success the Rams had in 2018 — mainly because he's had so much to do since that final whistle blew on Feb. 3.
"There was a lot to process that night, I can tell you that," Taylor said on Wednesday. "The game ended and then you're on a plane headed [to Cincinnati] the next morning. So, a lot to process. And at that point, once the night ended, the morning came, I was focused on Cincinnati and just trying to put my best foot forward there."
Taylor said he's sure there will be time to really get into the film of Super Bowl LIII and take whatever lessons are necessary from both the game itself and the weeks leading up to it. After all, Taylor noted, the ultimate goal is to reach the Super Bowl again.
But reflecting on his time in Los Angeles, Taylor said his biggest takeaway from head coach Sean McVay is how well he treats the people around him.
"Sean's one of the smartest people I've been around. But the way he treats the staff, the way he treats the players, everyone in the building — he's got a personal interaction with every single person he encounters," Taylor said. "So I think everyone knows how good of a football coach he is, but he's an even better person. So that's what's impressive being around him for the two years I was around him, was how he affects everybody — and you feel valued. And everyone's role is very important."
Check out photos of Los Angeles Rams players at the NFL Combine through the years. (Credit: Associated Press)