What began as a year of hope for the Cincinnati Bengals with the addition of star quarterback Joe Burrow ended with some heartbreak — and a serious knee injury.
But Bengals President Mike Brown maintains an optimistic vision for the team and announced his decision to keep Head Coach Zac Taylor on board for next season.
The Bengals released a statement on Monday, Jan. 4 regarding the team and its direction moving forward:
"Our fans wanted a fresh new direction two years ago, and that is what we aimed to do in hiring a bright, energetic head coach in Zac Taylor. We remain bullish on the foundation Zac is building, and we look forward to next year giving our fans the winning results we all want. In Zac's two years, we have added many new starters and contributors through the draft, we have invested heavily in free agency, and we have acquired a talented young quarterback with a bright future.
"This season we faced challenges with injuries at key positions and missed opportunities. I am proud of our football team for fighting hard through adversity. That adversity and hard work will help us next season. We'll enter the offseason looking to shore up our weaknesses and amplify the strengths of our talented young core. We are not discouraged, but instead feel motivated and confident that next year will reap the benefits of the work that has been done to date. We must capitalize on the opportunities in front of us. Next year we will earn our stripes."
Roughly halfway through the season, quarterback Burrow suffered a season-ending left knee injury during the team's Nov. 22 game against the Washington Football Team.
The Bengals ended their season 4-11-1 (beating Taylor's 2019 stats: 2-14).