Ken Zampese: Cincinnati Bengals fire offensive coordinator, give job to Bill Lazor


The Cincinnati Bengals announced Friday afternoon that former Cornell quarterback Bill Lazor '94 will be assuming the offensive coordinator role for the team, effective immediately.

During their 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans on Thursday night, the Bengals became the first team since the 1939 Philadelphia Eagles to open a season with a pair of home games and fail to score a touchdown in either one.

The Bengals did not miss an extra point to get to nine either, which means they are touchdown-less on the season despite having played both their games in the friendly home confines of Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati was shut out by the Baltimore Ravens in its season opener, 20-0.

While Jackson is rightfully praised for his offensive mind and what he was able to do with the Bengals' offense while he was the offensive coordinator, I do think that Zampese's brief tenure in that role is entitled to some contextualization.

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Head coach Marvin Lewis was coy when asked about potential staff changes, but ruled nothing out and indicated that something had to change. "We'll have a chance to convene [Saturday] morning after everyone has had a chance to take in what's happening and we'll go forward a lot faster after that". Lewis added he's confident that the change in offensive coordinator will bring results by the next time the team takes the field on September 24 against the Green Bay Packers.

"We're not getting the results we need to get", Lewis said.

An offensive coordinator has been fired.

The Cincinnati Bengals are already making major changes to their offense after a rough start to the 2017 season. Again, we're not good enough today.

Green was a standout when he played for the University of Georgia and was drafted by the Bengals in the first round of the 2011 National Football League draft. "If you look at it like that, then, yes, we're not scoring". So, we're just going to tackle that (right now).

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