Bengals fire OC Ken Zampese

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: A Cincinnati Bengal helmet sits before the NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on September 10th 2017, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 20-0. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire)
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The Cincinnati Bengals have officially fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, the franchise formally announced on Friday morning. As a result, quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor will take over for Zampese.

The Bengals have gotten off to an 0-2 start and the team’s offense has not produced a single touchdown through the first two weeks of the 2017-18 regular season. Overall, Cincinnati has only scored nine points thus far this year, getting shut out by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 and being held to three field goals in their 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans on Thursday evening.

Zampese took over as the offensive coordinator of the Bengals last season, and Cincinnati proceeded to finish with a disappointing 6-9-1 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Prior to serving as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator, Zampese was the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2003 all the way through 2015. This actually marked the first time Zampese had ever taken a job as offensive coordinator in the NFL. However, at the collegiate level, he served as the offensive coordinator of Northern Arizona for one year back in 1995.

Cincinnati’s offense has been all sorts of bad through the first two games.

In Week 1, quarterback Andy Dalton completed 16 of his 31 passing attempts for 170 yards while throwing four interceptions, leading to an abysmal passer rating of 28.4. Dalton has also been sacked eight times over the first two games, so his offensive line hasn’t exactly been providing him with much time to throw.

The Bengals face what is essentially a must-win game this Sunday when they head on the road to take on a Cleveland Browns team that won just one game last season.

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