On Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals announced that offensive coordinator Ken Zampese had been relieved of his duties, as previously reported. The team also announced quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor will assume offensive coordinator responsibilities for the team, effective immediately.
Head coach Marvin Lewis offered the following on Zampese via press release:
“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,” said Lewis. “But I feel it best for the football team to breathe new life into the offense, and that’s why I am making the change.
“Bill Lazor has great experience in the league and as a coordinator, and I feel Bill can progress our offense the way we need. We have a lot of talent on offense, and we need to keep working to take full advantage of the personnel we have.”
As for Lazor, he’s now an NFL offensive coordinator again after last being one with the Miami Dolphins in 2014-15.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the Bengals organization as offensive coordinator,” said Lazor. “There is a lot of football ahead of us this season and we are excited to make this a productive year.”
Lazor is now in his 12th season as an NFL coach and in his second year as an assistant coach with the Bengals. He had been named Bengals quarterbacks coach on Jan. 18, 2016. He previously has served as NFL offensive coordinator and/or QBs coach for Washington, Seattle, Philadelphia and Miami.
Here is a look at Lazor’s playing and coaching history:
- 1990-93—Played QB at Cornell
- 1994-2000—Assistant coach (AC), Cornell
- 2001-02—Offensive coordinator/QBs coach, University of Buffalo
- 2003—AC, Atlanta Falcons. 2004-07—AC, Washington Redskins
- 2008-09—AC, Seattle Seahawks
- 2010-12—Offensive coordinator/QBs coach, University of Virginia
- 2013—AC, Philadelphia Eagles
- 2014-15—Offensive coordinator, Miami Dolphins
- 2016-present—AC, Cincinnati Bengals
Not the kind of history you want to make - Zampese first coordinator to be fired in season in 50 years. https://t.co/N7B8E1H47z#Bengals— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) September 15, 2017