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    July 18, 2019 6:12 PM PDT
    ATLANTA (AP) — Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor isn’t allowed to talk about what will happen next week after the Los Angeles Rams‘ trip to the Super Bowl is over and the Cincinnati Bengals hire their next head coach.Brian Flores Vincent Rey Jersey White , the New England Patriots‘ unofficial defensive coordinator, says it would be disrespectful for him to discuss what’s going on with his own career until next week, when the Miami Dolphins make their own head coaching hire.Until then, these two assistants on the rise are making sure they’re doing everything possible to walk into their next jobs with a big, shiny ring.The 35-year-old Taylor is widely expected to be hired by the Bengals to replace Marvin Lewis once the Rams’ season ends Sunday. While he couldn’t confirm the decision during the opening media session of Super Bowl week Monday night, Taylor used his first public comments since the interview process to praise Rams coach Sean McVay for his advice and leadership during their two years together.“The important thing is to not allow it to be a distraction Alex Erickson Jersey White ,” Taylor said of his head coaching interviews during the Rams’ playoff push. “Sean has been really great to let us take our day to handle that business, and then put it to rest and move on and remain focused. He wants to see the best for us, and so he’s been very helpful. That’s one of the many things you appreciate about Sean.”Taylor spent one year as the University of Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator before joining McVay’s staff in 2017. He has risen rapidly in the NFL’s estimation along with just about everyone who has worked with, worked for or spoken to McVay, who has his long-struggling franchise in the Super Bowl in his second season.Along with Taylor’s apparent success with the Bengals, former Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur took over the Green Bay Packers three weeks ago. Current Rams passing game coordinator Shane Waldron also interviewed for unspecified head coaching jobs in the past month.“Sean has been great Andrew Billings Jersey White ,” Taylor said of his 33-year-old boss. “It is something that all coaches strive to do at some point in their career, but the important thing is to not allow it to be a distraction.”An hour after Taylor gently deflected questions about his future, Flores did the same. Late in his 15th season with the Patriots as a scout and coach, the former Boston College linebacker wouldn’t address widespread reports that he will take over in Miami after the Super Bowl.“Right now my vision is on Sunday’s game,” Flores said. “That’s where my head is at.”That’s the same posture taken by former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia last season when he interviewed for the Detroit Lions‘ head coaching job during the Patriots’ playoff run. He then was swarmed with questions about his future heading into the Patriots’ Super Bowl matchup with Philadelphia.New England lost the game on Feb. 4, and Patricia was officially named Detroit’s coach on Feb. 5.Flores said he hasn’t been distracted by the ongoing speculation about his job status.“I’m very good at compartmentalizing. Right now my focus is squarely on the Rams Jeff Driskel Jersey White ,” Flores said. “I love the guys on (the Patriots). To think about anything else aside from this game I think is a disservice to them. So that’s where I’m at.”Flores would be the ninth former assistant to Bill Belichick to become a head coach. That group includes current offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the former Denver head coach who was named Indianapolis’ head coach right after the Super Bowl last season, only to withdraw from the position later that day.Flores started with the Patriots as a scouting assistant in 2004 after he sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams asking for a job and even offering to work for no pay.“Brian has been with our organization for a long time in a lot of different roles,” Belichick said at media night. “He’s done a great job for me, and he has the respect of everybody in the organization.” The NFL decided not to suspend Vontaze Burfict following the Bengals’ Week 6 game against the Steelers, but they did slap him with a $112 Womens John Ross Jersey ,000 fine.Burfict was punished for lowering his head against running back James Conner and hitting his forearm on the helmet of Antonio Brown, even though neither hit drew a flag during the game. The NFL decided to punish Burfict anyways, although they deemed a suspension was not necessary. That said, the NFL did warn him that he’ll be suspended next time something of this nature occurs.According to reports, Bengals owner Mike Brown was not happy about the league’s handling of the situation.“[Mike] Brown called the fine unfair and excessive,” Mike Florio reported. “He accused the league of improperly imposing discipline in situations where no fouls were called.”Ian Rapoport added that Burfict will appeal his fine and that the Bengals are “furious.”But that’s not all Brown is upset about.While the NFL is trying to make the league safer for its players Clark Harris Jersey White , Brown claims that the league is inconsistently with doling out punishments and hurting the game. (We’d agree.)The main point of contention on this issue (though not necessarily Brown’s issue) is the league-wide criticism of the new roughing the passer penalty, which has many saying that the new rule is making the game increasingly unpopular. But Brown posits that unfairly handing out fines is making it hard for him to run his team.It does seem that the league often over-corrects when it comes to Burfict, but we’ll see if Brown brings his concerns forward during owners meetings later this year and next . offseason.