Bengals fire offensive coordinator Zampese

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Bengals fire offensive coordinator Zampese

Less than 90 minutes after a press conference in which Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said he wasn’t going to say whether any personnel changes are forthcoming, the team made a change.

The Bengals fired Ken Zampese as offensive coordinator and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor.

Zampese’s offense failed to score a touchdown in the first two games this season, a 13-9 loss to Houston on Thursday and a 20-0 defeat against Baltimore on Sunday.

Asked directly if changes were  coming during his 1 p.m. press conference Friday, Lewis was vague.

“‘I’m never going to come in here and tell you anything we’re going to do one way or another,” Lewis said during his Friday afternoon press conference. “What we do is private to us.”

At 2:32 p.m., the team announced the move.

Lazor is a 12-year NFL coaching veteran who is in his second season with the Bengals. He replaced Zampese as quarterbacks coach in 2016 when Zampese was promoted to coordinator.

Lazor was the offensive coordinator in Miami from 2014 through the first four games in 2015, when he and head coach Joe Philbin were fired following a 1-3 start.

New Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese yells instructions during the first OTA practice of the year, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF HANDOUT

Zampese spent the previous 14 seasons with the Bengals, 13 of which were as quarterbacks coach.

“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,” Lewis said in a statement. “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.”

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