The Cincinnati Bengals are moving on from OC Ken Zampese
Per Ian Rapoport, the Cincinnati Bengals have dismissed Offensive Coordinator Ken Zampese following the loss to Houston on Thursday night.
Prior to assuming the role as OC for the Bengals, Zampese was the quarterbacks coach for Cincinnati since 2003. He took over as OC following the 2015 season. After 14 years on the sidelines in Cincy, Zampese is out of a job.
The Bengals offense started the 2017 without producing an offensive touchdown in two games. Quarterback Andy Dalton was unable to generate any points while fielding A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert, Giovanni Bernard, Joe Mixon and Jeremy Hill? Not to mention a speedy John Ross III, who was removed after fumbling his first career reception. Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt proved last week that fumbling your first touch doesn’t mean anything. Instead, the Bengals chose to “teach the kid a lesson” by having him stew in lost confidence? Not smart.The offensive play calling and use of personnel contributed to the inability to be successful on offense.
Zampese’s replacement will likely be quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor. Lazor has been an offensive coordinator before during his time with the Miami Dolphins in 2014-15. The weaponry is there on offense. Lazor has to find a way to get the offense going. If the job is in fact Lazor’s, he must find a way to get the ball to his offensive playmakers. Primarily, A.J. Green.
Could Lewis Be Next?
If the Bengals continue to struggle offensively, could it preface a head coaching change? Head Coach Marvin Lewis is known for being defensive minded. He’s also known for his inability to win a postseason game. Lewis, having been the head coach of Cincy since 2003, has been on the hot seat before. In fact, many feel he should have been let go already.
Granted, Lewis has finished in first place of the AFC North four times. He has only finished in last place 2010, one year removed from a division title and Coach of the Year honors. Lewis has reached the playoffs seven times, and lost every single time. If the Bengals standard is solely making the playoffs, Lewis could stick around if he finds a way to make that happen this year – even if he loses in the postseason. If Cincinnati’s goal is to not only reach the playoffs, but to win a playoff game, it should be time to move on from Lewis.
How the Bengals finish in the AFC North could determine the fate of the longtime coach.