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Bengals’ Zac Taylor not a fan of NFL’s coin toss resolution: ‘We simply need the principles to be adopted’

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor referred to as out the NFL Friday for seemingly ignoring its personal guidelines in deciding to select the placement of a possible wild-card recreation in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens with a coin toss.

Taylor spoke to reporters Friday forward of the NFL’s authorized decision that offers the league the authority to find out the positioning of a doable matchup between the Bengals and Ravens utilizing the 50/50 odds of a coin toss regardless of the Bengals incomes home-field benefit with first place within the AFC North. 

Joe Burrow (9) of the Cincinnati Bengals and teammates walk to the locker room after a game against the Buffalo Bills was suspended due to an injury to Damar Hamlin of the Bills during the first quarter at Paycor Stadium Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

Joe Burrow (9) of the Cincinnati Bengals and teammates stroll to the locker room after a recreation in opposition to the Buffalo Bills was suspended resulting from an damage to Damar Hamlin of the Bills in the course of the first quarter at Paycor Stadium Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.
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“As far as I’m involved, we simply need the principles to be adopted,” Taylor stated, by way of The Cincinnati Enquirer. “When a recreation is canceled, you simply flip to successful proportion to make clear all the pieces, so we don’t must make up guidelines.

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“There’s a number of cases this season when a membership is fined or folks in our constructing are fined, and we’re being instructed, ‘Follow the principles. It’s black and white. It’s within the rule e-book.’ So now after we level out the principles and also you’re instructed, ‘We’re going to alter that,” I don’t need to hear about honest and equitable when that’s the case.”

If Baltimore (10-6) have been to beat Cincinnati (11-4) Sunday and the 2 face off the next week within the wild-card spherical, the Ravens would nonetheless lose dwelling subject benefit regardless of having two wins over a division opponent as a result of the Bengals turned AFC North champs with the “no-contest” ruling in Monday’s suspended recreation between the Bengals and Bills. 

Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals, kneeling in center, and Jordan Poyer (21) of the Buffalo Bills react following the injury to Damar Hamlin during the first quarter at Paycor Stadium Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati. 

Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals, kneeling in heart, and Jordan Poyer (21) of the Buffalo Bills react following the damage to Damar Hamlin in the course of the first quarter at Paycor Stadium Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati. 
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Bengals working again Joe Mixon raised the problem on Thursday, posting a screenshot of the NFL rule e-book that specifies, “If a recreation is canceled, a group’s standing in its division or in its convention (e.g., qualification as a Wild Card on the playoffs or place in playoff seeding) shall be decided on the idea of its ultimate report.”

A win on Sunday, nevertheless, would make the coin toss irrelevant. 

Zac Taylor, the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, against the Tennessee Titans during an AFC divisional playoff at Nissan Stadium Jan. 22, 2022, in Nashville.

Zac Taylor, the top coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, in opposition to the Tennessee Titans throughout an AFC divisional playoff at Nissan Stadium Jan. 22, 2022, in Nashville.
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“What this group will do is all we are able to management goes to play within the recreation this weekend and do our greatest to win, and that’s what this group will channel that power into that,” Taylor stated. 

In addition to the coin toss, NFL homeowners additionally authorized a decision to doubtlessly transfer the AFC championship recreation to a impartial web site. The choices come in consequence the Bills and Bengals having performed one much less recreation than the remainder of the AFC opponents after Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.

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