Los Angeles Rams promote Zac Taylor as new QB coach

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams are replacing Greg Olson from within the organization, announcing Tuesday that former assistant wide receivers coach Zac Taylor has been promoted to be the team's new quarterbacks coach.

Olson left to become the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator, a move Jon Gruden announced during his introductory news conference.

Taylor served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2016. He spent the previous four years with the Miami Dolphins, going from assistant quarterbacks coach to quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and primary play-caller in the second half of 2015. Under Taylor's watch, Ryan Tannehill became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for 3,000-plus yards in each of his first four seasons.

Now Taylor will guide Jared Goff, serving as his third quarterbacks coach in three NFL seasons.

Taylor's presence on last year's staff, coupled with the continued presence of head coach Sean McVay and offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, gives the Rams hope for a smooth transition.

"Zac's promotion is a testament to him and the coaches that we have in place, as well as our desire as an organization to build and grow from within," McVay said in a team-issued statement. "He has a clear understanding of our offense, and we're confident in his ability to coach this group at a high level and that his transition into the role will be seamless."