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Bengals promote QB coach, hire Jim Haslett


The Bengals have promoted Ken Zampese from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and have hired former NFL head coach Jim Haslett as linebackers coach.

Zampese spent the last 13 seasons as the Bengals quarterbacks coach. His promotion comes after Hue Jackson’s departure to become head coach of the Browns and allows the talented Bengals offense to maintain continuity. The Bengals ranked seventh in scoring in 2015 and in the top half of the league in every major offensive category.

“Ken has been in the offensive room over the years with our past coordinators, and he understands my vision about our future,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “It’s time for him to really put his hands on it now and advance the development. He has been Andy Dalton’s position coach, and Andy has just kept on getting better, so we’ve obviously got some good continuity working there.”

Haslett was head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2000-05 and for the last 12 games of 2008, after opening the season as defensive coordinator. He played in the NFL for nine seasons and has been an NFL coach for 21 seasons, most recently as the Redskins defensive coordinator from 2010-14.

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26 Responses to “Bengals promote QB coach, hire Jim Haslett”
  1. cazspaz says: Jan 15, 2016 1:29 PM

    He was the Saints head coach from 2000-2005, not the Rams.

  2. Bob says: Jan 15, 2016 1:30 PM

    “Haslett was head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2000-05”

    He was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints during that time. He coached the Rams in 2008.

  3. ajigel says: Jan 15, 2016 1:33 PM

    I’m good with Zampese – part of the reason why the offense continued to progress when Gruden left was the fact that Hue was already in house and he chose to build on Gruden’s playbook. Zampese will likely do the same, so we don’t have to worry about the offensive players learning a brand new system.

    As for Haslett, sounds good to me. There isn’t anyone to promote inside the organization, and should Guenther get a HC position next year Haslett has DC experience. Now lets just see if he can Burfict’s playing level high while keeping his temper way down.

  4. hoops737 says: Jan 15, 2016 1:35 PM

    Haslett won the Saints their first playoff game against the Rams, will always have a place in my heart.

  5. NYCTourGuy (Bucs fan) says: Jan 15, 2016 1:36 PM

    There’s no way those dates for coaching the Rams are correct, unless you meant he was their defensive coordinator. The Rams head coach after Dick Vermeil left in 1999 was the Mad Scientist.

  6. whodey83 says: Jan 15, 2016 1:40 PM

    I applaud both moves. Nice work Marvin. Now win us a GD playoff game or hit the road.

  7. thegr8rayfinkle says: Jan 15, 2016 1:47 PM

    “Who wants to be the OC? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Ok Kenny-you are the only one who raised your hand, you’re it. Oh and the pay is the same.”
    -Mike Brown

  8. glenne81 says: Jan 15, 2016 1:47 PM

    Haslett is a cancer.

  9. Deb says: Jan 15, 2016 1:48 PM

    Haslett is a former Steelers DC. He’s not known for his sunny disposition. Good hire for Marvin. Doubt it’s going to make Steelers/Bengals games any less … chippy.

  10. granadafan says: Jan 15, 2016 1:49 PM

    Haslett seems to be regressing in his coaching career. At least he’s able to swallow his pride to keep himself employed unlike some coaches or even players who insist they’re QBs and unwilling to switch to another position and couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.

  11. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Jan 15, 2016 1:50 PM

    Good signings. Not surprised in the promotion of Zampese. Continuity.

  12. realfootballfan says: Jan 15, 2016 1:54 PM

    If Lewis keeps chewing through assistants and Guenther gets the next HC job out of the staff, Bengals fans better hope Haslett isn’t up next for DC. It won’t be pretty. Might as well bring back the Chuck Bresnahan days, lol.

  13. mr1drful says: Jan 15, 2016 2:01 PM

    He’s an undermining turd.

  14. joecool16 says: Jan 15, 2016 2:02 PM

    Hopefully he is more effective as a position coach as opposed to a coordinator, because his defensive schemes and results were awful in Washington. Time will tell better than the clock.

  15. najacoo22 says: Jan 15, 2016 2:10 PM

    Redskins fans hated Haz, although the Redskins’ putrid defense during his tenure wasn’t all his fault. As a Redskins fan, I’ll be curious to see where his career goes from here. I’m sure he’ll be a great LB coach.

  16. najacoo22 says: Jan 15, 2016 2:12 PM

    He’s a no-nonsense coach, which is probably exactly what the Bengals need in their LB coach.

  17. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Jan 15, 2016 2:24 PM

    Hired Jim Haslett to do what, park cars?

  18. nookers says: Jan 15, 2016 2:39 PM

    he looks so happy in this pic, great photography.

  19. bonniebengal says: Jan 15, 2016 2:40 PM

    Get Ken Anderson to come out of retirement and be QB coach!

  20. tindeaux says: Jan 15, 2016 3:01 PM

    the bengals should bring in a child behavior development instructor. many of their players have behavior worst than kindergartens.

  21. babyteal1 says: Jan 15, 2016 3:17 PM

    Haslett…Haslett….you kidding me Haslett??!!!!

  22. skins1970 says: Jan 15, 2016 4:27 PM

    Jim Haslett will be fine as the LB coach,.

  23. dvnelson72 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:07 PM

    Old, skinny faced, fading gingers scare me. That pic looks like the emperor in return of the jedi

  24. irishmanknowsall says: Jan 18, 2016 3:34 PM

    Bengal’s problem isn’t talent. It’s individual character, and that can’t be taught. Plus, it’s too late. If you have to explain character to an adult…..

  25. baddegg says: Jan 19, 2016 8:09 AM

    Can’t judge Haz from his times as a head coach. In this case, he’s not even DC but a position coach. That’s an excellent hire for that level…

  26. firesnyder says: Jan 19, 2016 11:15 AM

    Trust me. As a Skins fan, you guys want nothing to do with Haslett. Worst DC ever… inflexible… never would change his system to suit personnel. Super over-aggressive. He will have your linebackers over-running plays all over the place.

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