Bengals QB coach Ken Zampese a possible candidate for Lions offensive coordinator

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese has been a candidate for an offensive coordinator role several times, but none since 2010. Jim Calwell, recently hired by the Lions, is looking for one.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese is being linked to Detroit as a possible candidate for the Lions offensive coordinator position, according to NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, recently hired to replace Jim Schwartz, is looking to fill out his coaching staff.

Zampese has been with the Bengals since '03 as the team's quarterbacks coach, specifically coaching Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton -- two of the franchise's more successful passers (though obviously not for their postseason prowess).

This isn't the first time that his name has been appeared as a possible candidate for an offensive coordinator position.

The Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers interviewed Zampese in 2010 and 2009 respectively for their offensive coordinator vacancies. New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who was hired as their head coach in 2009, had planned to hire Zampese as his offensive coordinator if Brian Schottenheimer didn't stay -- which he did. He was also an in-house candidate in 2011 when the team fired Bob Bratkowski -- they hired Jay Gruden instead.

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