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Can Zac Taylor take long-suffering Bengals the next step?

Cincinnati Bengals football head coach Zac Taylor speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Cincinnati. After 16 years without a playoff win under Marvin Lewis, the Bengals decided to try something different. But they had to wait more than a month before hiring Zac Taylor as their next coach in hopes of ending a long streak of futility. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

By the time Zac Taylor's playing career at Nebraska came to a close, Scott Frost had already long wrapped up his NFL playing career and was setting out on a foray into college coaching. 

Still, the Nebraska quarterback fraternity is a relatively small one, and Frost on Wednesday said he was happy to see Taylor, 36, become the first former Husker in the Super Bowl era to land an NFL head coaching job. 

“I know Zac pretty well," Frost told reporters during his National Signing Day news conference, two days after Taylor was formally introduced as the Cincinnati Bengals' head coach. "I would actually talk to Zac when he was playing here. It’s kind of a Nebraska quarterback brotherhood that exists with most of us." 

Aside from the Nebraska connections, Frost also played for Mike Sherman in Green Bay and Taylor married Sherman's daughter, Sarah. 

Each of the former signal-callers have rocketed up the coaching ranks in recent years. 

"All I know about Zac is that he is a football guy," Frost said. "Everything I’ve ever heard about him is how much he loves the game, so he would be a reason to try and root for him and Cincinnati a little bit, and we wish him nothing but the best.”

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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