Bill Lazor takes over as Bengals offensive coordinator

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Two games without a touchdown were enough to convince the Bengals that it was time to part ways with offensive coordinator Ken Zampese.

Zampese was fired on Friday, marking the first time in Marvin Lewis’ 15 seasons as head coach that the team has dispatched a coordinator in the middle of the season. The Bengals announced that Bill Lazor will take over the job and call plays for an offense that’s looked totally lost over the first 120 minutes of the season.

Lazor joined the Bengals as quarterbacks coach last season and has previous coordinator experience with the Dolphins. He ran the offense in Miami from January 2014 until he was fired in November 2015. He’s also been a quarterbacks coach with the Redskins, Seahawks and Eagles and ran the offense at the University of Virginia from 2010-12.

Among the areas Lazor will be trying to improve before the Bengals play their next game will be the play of quarterback Andy Dalton and the play of the offensive line as more of the same in those two areas will make it hard for the Bengals to find much success regardless of who is calling the plays.

22 responses to “Bill Lazor takes over as Bengals offensive coordinator

  1. So the GM (Lewis) does a lousy job this offseason by letting his OL fall apart and the OC gets fired because the GM is incompetent. Zampese should be glad he’s out of that dumpster-fire of an organization.

  2. Lazier was the only option. The o line sucked last year before whit and zeitler left. Oc was the cause of that. Went from one of the best lines in 15 to one of the worst in 16. What happened? Zampese

  3. nookers says:

    lose your two stud OL/OT’s because you dont want to pay them 5 million a year .. thats just stupid

    It’s the Mike Brown way of doing things. He doesn’t care about winning. All he cares about is raking in the dough from the TV contracts. He doesn’t want to spend whatever money it would take to win a Super Bowl because it doesn’t result in that much more revenue. He’s happy to sit around counting his money and firing coaches because he’s too cheap to put a competitive team on the field. Firing coaches takes the spotlight off him.

  4. Diverse backround..

    Joe Gibbs (Coryell)
    Mike Holmgren (original Walsh)
    Joe Philbin (McCarthy/new-era Walsh)
    Chip Kelly

    Hopefully he rights the ship. I’m not sure there is a team in football with that many talented skill players.

  5. Lazor is a qb coach and coordinator type. OL is shredded and you blame OC? And,Lewis is not GM. He can do nothing with what is left; just don’t lay blame all on him. Paul Brown’s son again is on hot seat.

  6. So the fix for a terrible offensive line and poor QB play is to fire the OC and promote The QB coach. Maybe the QB play would be better with a better QB coach?

  7. whenwilliteverend says:

    September 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    So the GM (Lewis) does a lousy job this offseason by letting his OL fall apart and the OC gets fired because the GM is incompetent. Zampese should be glad he’s out of that dumpster-fire of an organization

    Since when is the roster Marvin’s fault, genius? Mike Brown is the GM.

  8. Zampese clearly is on that name recognition trip getting him jobs in that league because he was terrible. He took over a top unit from Hue Jackson who had improved it from when Gruden was there and made it look very awful despite there still being a lot of talent on that side of the ball. The offensive line departures are going to hurt, but those guys were there last year, and he failed with them. Lazor got a raw deal in Miami, so hopefully he can do a little better this time.

  9. Lazor, are you kidding me? Lazor WOULD NOT LET RYAN TANNEHILL AUDIBLE (Gase did let him audible in 2016, which is one reason 2016 was Tannehill’s best year ever until ol’ Calais kiddo took him out for the season). Does Andy Dalton even audible? Look folks, Lazor was fired in Miami for a reason–he sucks, okay? Bungles indeed. And the guy above who called out Mike Brown is correct–other than Snyder and Irsay, this dude is THE WORST OWNER in the NFL. Reminds me of a certain owner named Mike–money grubbing could-care-less-about-his-team–who owns a club in the Premier League. Last name Ashley.

  10. nookers says:

    lose your two stud OL/OT’s because you dont want to pay them 5 million a year .. thats just stupid

    It’s the Mike Brown way of doing things. He doesn’t care about winning. All he cares about is raking in the dough from the TV contracts. He doesn’t want to spend whatever money it would take to win a Super Bowl because it doesn’t result in that much more revenue. He’s happy to sit around counting his money and firing coaches because he’s too cheap to put a competitive team on the field. Firing coaches takes the spotlight off him.

    Zeitler got the highest contract ever for a gaurd, while being ranked 7th in the league…
    Whitworth was offereds 10 million for a year….
    Sanu and Jones were offered matching contracts and elected to leave because they thought they would get more chances elsewhere….Its not that they didnt try to pay them good money, they did.

  11. Joe Wasinger says:

    Zeitler got the highest contract ever for a gaurd, while being ranked 7th in the league…
    Whitworth was offereds 10 million for a year….
    Sanu and Jones were offered matching contracts and elected to leave because they thought they would get more chances elsewhere….Its not that they didnt try to pay them good money, they did.
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    Absolutely right. I’m not the biggest fan of Mike Brown, but he did try to pay both guys. Zeilter got paid crazy money that would be hard to chase, and Whitworth is 35 and wasn’t willing to move to guard, so I get it (I don’t like it, but I get it).

    Mike Brown’s faults with FAs aren’t in not resigning guys, its in keeping guys around too long or in not paying up for other team’s FAs.

  12. The entire franchise from top to bottom needs to be obliterated, absolutely blown up. Trade A.J. Green, Geno Atkins, and anyone else who can be traded, stock pile draft picks, and then cut everyone else. Everyone. Even this year’s draft picks: Mixon, Ross, etc. Screw the salary cap implications. You’re going to suck for a few years anyway. This organization needs its hands washed clean of every player, coach and front office executive. Change the uniforms, change the logo, change the look of the paint on the field and the bunting in the stands. Reboot it all and start from scratch. I say this is as a lifelong Bengals fan and season ticket holder.

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