Bengals firing offensive coordinator Ken Zampese

Aubrey Yates
September 16, 2017

In Zampese's place, quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor will take over as Bengals' offensive coordinator. "We have a lot of talent on offense, and we need to keep working to take full advantage of the personnel we have". Woes in pass protection have not helped things, as Dalton has been sacked eight times in two games and clearly appeared off-kilter throughout Thursday night's game.

The Bengals let their top two offensive lineman, left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right guard Kevin Zeitler, leave in fee agency last offseason.

Lewis is surely hoping a change in the coaching staff can spark the offense moving forward, but likely feels his own seat warming up, especially since he's in the final year of his contract.

Still, this is a results-oriented business and the Bengals weren't producing. "You are not going to win without them". So, it's Zampese who goes.

Cincinnati fell from seventh in scoring in 2015 to 24th in '16, Zampese's first year as an National Football League play caller, and things have looked increasingly bleak to begin this season.

Bengals firing offensive coordinator Ken Zampese

"Ken Zampese has done a tremendous job for us for my 15 years here, and I have the utmost respect for Ken as a person and as a coach", Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a news release. Zampese's firing perhaps marks the most tangible sign to date of a sinking ship in Cincinnati.

Lazor's primary tasks as the Bengals' new offensive coordinator are clear.

Lazor joined the Bengals as quarterbacks coach last season and has previous coordinator experience with the Dolphins.

Translation: Don't expect the dismissal of Zampese to solve all of the Bengals' issues. He's also been a quarterbacks coach with the Redskins, Seahawks and Eagles and ran the offense at the University of Virginia from 2010-12.

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