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Zampese emerges as Bears offensive coordinator candidate

With Jeremy Bates opting to follow his boss to Seattle and Tom Clements not being allowed to sit for the job, the Bears are down to Plan C.

Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears have sought and received permission to interview Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese for the position of offensive coordinator.

Zampese, 42, has spent seven seasons with the Bengals.  He worked on the same Rams staff with Bears coach Lovie Smith, under head coach Mike Martz.

Martz, meanwhile, has yet to get a sniff for the job.  The fact that Martz reportedly recommended Zampese to Smith suggests that Martz has been told that he’s not getting the job, regardless of how many times the Bears swing and miss while trying to fill it.

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  1. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jan 12, 2010 11:02 PM

    So the Bears get the guy that turned Carson Palmer into Carson Daly?
    Thank you Chicago for taking KZ.

  2. pudgalvin says: Jan 12, 2010 11:08 PM

    Oh yeah, I like where this is going. Lovie’s immediate family must not be available for any of these jobs.
    Judging by this guys work in Cincy, we can expect a return to the John Schoop glory years in Chicago next year.

  3. Wolframpau says: Jan 12, 2010 11:19 PM

    The Bengal o-line hasn’t be the same since Eric Steinbach left. Then Carson blew out his knee. After TJ left, Coles wasn’t enough to draw attention away from Chad, and then the third guy stretching the defense, Chris Henry, went on IR then passed away.

  4. bob _ nelson says: Jan 12, 2010 11:24 PM

    The Packers have the ugliest uniforms in all of football.Guess it serves em well as they have the worst fans as well.I always wish for one of those fans to wear that gay cheese head thing they wear on their heads to sit in front of me when im at a Vikings/Packer game so I can take the damn thing off and throw it,I mean come on,wearing cheese on your head?Really?

  5. Favre On HGH says: Jan 12, 2010 11:30 PM

    Lovie is just trying to get his buddies some more dough while he still has a job. Guess he is hoping they return the favor in a few years.

  6. BlitzDorsey says: Jan 12, 2010 11:34 PM

    Good idea. Take someone who has overseen the regression of Carson Palmer. And taking the QB coach off the 26th-ranked total offense in the NFL and making him an offensive coordinator is always a good idea.

  7. Cory Belcher says: Jan 12, 2010 11:35 PM

    Hopefully they retain Cutler. That guy seems to really click with the team. Screams Leadership…
    Eagles Fans suck,
    CrB

  8. arpy says: Jan 12, 2010 11:59 PM

    Where are all the people they told us would jump at the chance to join the Bears staff? It will be another case of them claiming the last person available is the guy we wanted all along. I can’t wait for the Angelo/Smith regime to be gone…

  9. arpy says: Jan 13, 2010 12:03 AM

    Hey, look at all the people that want to join the Bears staff… just like they predicted! In normal Bears fashion, it will be another case of them claiming the last person available is they guy they wanted all along… can’t wait for a new GM/coach…

  10. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jan 13, 2010 12:06 AM

    meet the new boss same as the old boss?yea more get off the bus running,we sure don’t want change the system that has worked so well for them under lovie right?so I gues they don’t want cutler to inprove or at least get back to being the qb he was with the broncos then.

  11. ninjapleazee says: Jan 13, 2010 12:17 AM

    fire lovie.. bring in Jim Harbaugh or Russ Grimm.. PLEASE

  12. Castro95 says: Jan 13, 2010 12:29 AM

    Ok Im tired of hearing used to work with Lovie w/the Rams. Get some new blood in there I dont care if you pick the guy from pop warner football as long as he did not work with lovie somewhere else. WTF! Lovie you maybe be the best coach since Ditka but you have gotten old quick.

  13. PackFanNChiTown says: Jan 13, 2010 12:36 AM

    The Packers have the ugliest uniforms in all of football.Guess it serves em well as they have the worst fans as well.I always wish for one of those fans to wear that gay cheese head thing they wear on their heads to sit in front of me when im at a Vikings/Packer game so I can take the damn thing off and throw it,I mean come on,wearing cheese on your head?Really?
    ________________________________
    Sit in front of you so can grab the cheesehead and throw it? My but aren’t we F I E R C E…

  14. MasterShake says: Jan 13, 2010 1:00 AM

    The ice does look really nice after a couple of those are driven around during intermission at hockey games. How that parlay’s into an OC position I’m unaware of.

  15. back4dattack says: Jan 13, 2010 1:00 AM

    What do the Eagles and Packers have to do with this?

  16. Treima says: Jan 13, 2010 1:26 AM

    @Cory Belcher:
    I never got the dig on Cutler that he doesn’t “exhibit leadership” just because he gets visibly mad after interceptions. Unlike Favre, who grins like a toddler who just spilled his glass of milk and thinks its the funniest thing.

  17. Sonny Mooks says: Jan 13, 2010 2:03 AM

    Ken Zampese’s dad is Ernie Zampese, who was the mentor for Norv Turner, and whose system Mike Martz also uses.
    Ernie Zampese was a Don Coryell guy. Martz may have recommended Ken Zampese, and the system he would install would probably be very similar to the Martz/Ernie Zampese/Don Coryell system.
    FWIW, Ernie Zampese was also the offensive coordinator who succeeded Norv Turner in Dallas.

  18. toonster says: Jan 13, 2010 2:05 AM

    My problem with Zampese would be an issue of philosophy. He, IIRC, runs similar schemes to Norv Turner. Overall, I’m fine with a power run, vertical attack, but you need the personnel for it. The problem for the Bears is that OL. That’s not a physical, mauling OL. Chris Williams is a finesse/athletic tackle. Kreutz is aging and has always been an undersized, leverage guy that carried a mean streak. Beekman isn’t a big mauler. Lance Louis is big, atheltic, and by all accounts, physical, but he’s so raw. Roberto Garza’s a more athletic OG, as is Frank Omiyale. Kevin Shaffer and James Marten aren’t exactly blow you off the ball type guys.
    This move would let Lovie keep his run mentality, and I’m not sure I’m a big fan of it. I think Zampese may make a fine OC some day, but I don’t think the fit is here. I’m still a believer that the Bears need to hire an OC that goes to a zone-blocking rushing attack. That benefits the OL, and I believe that benefits Forte. While he was at a disadvantage this year, with the OL being inconsistent for most of the year, he also danced way too much for my tastes. A ZBS type rush scheme may make it easier for him – cut and go.

  19. Lost says: Jan 13, 2010 2:13 AM

    Still doesn’t explain why Packer won’t allow QB coach Tom Clements interview for Offensive Coordinator with the Bear.
    Isn’t this team possessiveness the same reason for Favre leaving GB mad?
    Maybe Packer concern is Clements would develop Cutler and have similar success he had with Aaron Rodgers?

  20. Stone says: Jan 13, 2010 3:04 AM

    Have you seen the Norm Chow to USC as O-Coordinator yet?

  21. Sow Crates says: Jan 13, 2010 3:45 AM

    Hanging on to Lovie Smith is saving the Bears’ ownership more than even they realized…or perhaps hoped for. Keeping Lovie meant not paying him to do nothing, but keeping Lovie also means that in a week or two, I’ll be on Chicago’s radar as a potential OC candidate. Hell, you know what would be even cheaper than hiring me as OC for $100/week? Making Cutler the OC and saving even more money!

  22. kazkal says: Jan 13, 2010 4:31 AM

    —The Bengal o-line hasn’t be the same since Eric Steinbach left. Then Carson blew out his knee. After TJ left, Coles wasn’t enough to draw attention away from Chad, and then the third guy stretching the defense, Chris Henry, went on IR then passed away.—-
    You mean the guy who let Carson get his knee blown out? Steinbach was solid but it wasn’t losing him that hurt us…
    It was Losing Rich Braham,Willie playing older Levi breaking his knees and losing steinbach all at once was the problem…
    The Oline was Solid this year but needs to improve in pass blocking..Zempse wouldn’t be bad He worked with Kurt Warner & Trent Green when they were having good careers…Carson looked good when he was younger so I really wouldn’t fault past 2 years on him.

  23. Thomas Paquette says: Jan 13, 2010 7:09 AM

    This guy would be the #1 candidate for the Bengals offensive coordinator job if Bob Bratkowski were to be fired so you really should be thanking the Bears if this is true. For all you idiots out there, Carson Palmer isn’t regressing because of a coach or a system, Carson Palmer is regressing because he doesn’t have the necessary people on his side of the ball to be a legit threat anymore. If the Bengals can re-sign Reggie Kelly and there is progression with Chase Coffman this season, this offense can start to return to its “glory days” in 05. However, Carson won’t ever be the same quarterback as he was then unless he gets more receivers and some better pass blockers on that line.
    With Zampese possibly gone maybe Ken Anderson will come back to Cincinnati and be the QB coach since it was reported on this website that Anderson potentially left Pittsburgh because Mike Tomlin ushered him out because he has to much respect to fire him.

  24. Al_Davis_needs_a_dirtnap says: Jan 13, 2010 7:32 AM

    what pisses me off is the fact that they pay g.m. millions and they make moves like this. who cares who his dad is or who mentored him results are the only thing matter and we seen what he did in cinncy. What pisses me off evan more is that chicago took the most overrated qb out of the afc west.
    blackhole out

  25. Plankshelmet says: Jan 13, 2010 7:53 AM

    Favre On HGH says:
    January 12, 2010 11:30 PM
    Lovie is just trying to get his buddies some more dough while he still has a job. Guess he is hoping they return the favor in a few years.
    ————————————————–
    Well it is the Chicago way. As As the late Richard J. Daley said when questioned about giving patronage jobs to his family : “if a man can’t help his own family who can he help” lol

  26. tommac65 says: Jan 13, 2010 8:27 AM

    The bengal offensive line was a real strength this year.. Palmer had a decent year, but that playoff game was bad… he missed recievers that were wide open… the o-line opened holes for a reject of yours, Cedric Benson… zampese should have told Palmer to wear a glove on his throwing hand, for better grip in the cold weather

  27. jimmySee says: Jan 13, 2010 8:33 AM

    Darrell Bevell of the Vikings would be a great candidate. He is OC in Minnesota but does not call the plays.
    And he already has experience with one high maintenance QB.
    It would be a promotion for him.

  28. Philtration says: Jan 13, 2010 9:16 AM

    You know…. Lovie’s son is on the defensive coaching staff.
    No one is really sure as to what he does here other than collecting a paycheck that is.
    There is no good reason why Lovie should have been kept on and plenty of reasons why he should have been dumped.
    They did not make a clean break and they did not stay the course with what they had.
    Just what the hell are they trying to do other than making sure everyone on Lovie’s Christmas card list gets a share of the pot?
    They look even worse now then when the season ended.
    They have become toxic.
    Dumb ass Jerry Angelo!

  29. Wipackman says: Jan 13, 2010 11:01 AM

    Horn Hats and braids So much nicer, cool and classier !!!! Nothing is uglier than Purple anything !!!
    Bob Please turn off your Jesse Ventura ” How to be a total Jag ” infomercial tapes and get a clue
    bob _ nelson says:
    January 12, 2010 11:24 PM
    The Packers have the ugliest uniforms in all of football.Guess it serves em well as they have the worst fans as well.I always wish for one of those fans to wear that gay cheese head thing they wear on their heads to sit in front of me when im at a Vikings/Packer game so I can take the damn thing off and throw it,I mean come on,wearing cheese on your head?Really?

  30. JoeSchmoe says: Jan 13, 2010 11:17 AM

    KZ didn’t oversee Palmers regression. And he didn’t playcall this terrible O we have. He actually oversaw Carson’s rise to legitimacy if you want to go there. He’s been in Cincy for most of Palmers time there.

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