Bengals promote QB coach, hire Jim Haslett

AP

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.