Sputtering Bengals change offensive coordinator

Sputtering Bengals change offensive coordinator

Sputtering Bengals change offensive coordinator

After two losses and zero touchdowns, Ken Zampese is out as the Bengals' offensive coordinator.

Taking over for Zampese is quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, who has been with the Bengals since 2016.

Through two games, the 0-2 Bengals have score nine points.

The team confirmed the move on Friday afternoon, hours after Thursday night's dismal 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans.

Zampese had worked for the Bengals under head coach Marvin Lewis since 2003, first as quarterbacks coach from that year through 2015 then as offensive coordinator when Hue Jackson left for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job. However, Lewis emphasized that a change was needed to inject new life into the offense.

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"No, I'm not anxious about Andy", Lewis said when asked if there will be a quarterback change in Cincinnati. In a statement, Lewis thanked Zampese for his tremendous job in his 15 years with the organization. Last season under Zampese, the Bengals struggled to establish a consistent rushing attack and protect Andy Dalton who passed for 4,200 yards despite being sacked 41 times.

Through two games, Dalton has completed 54.5 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and a paltry 47.2 rating.

Lazor's primary tasks as the Bengals' new offensive coordinator are clear. "We have a lot of talent on offense, and we need to keep working to take full advantage of the personnel we have", said Lewis.

Lazor spent two seasons as offensive coordinator (2014-2015) for the Miami Dolphins, but he has been a quarterbacks coach in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins (2006-07), Seattle Seahawks (2008-09) and Philadelphia Eagles (2013) as well as the Bengals.

Lewis is confident that Lazor can improve the Bengals' dismal offense moving forward.

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