Report: Browns hiring Ken Zampese as quarterbacks coach

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The Browns are expected to add a new quarterback to the roster with the first overall pick in the draft and he’ll be coached by a new quarterbacks coach if that’s the case.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that Ken Zampese will be Hue Jackson’s third quarterbacks coach in three years as the Browns head coach. David Lee held the job during the 2017 season.

Zampese worked with Jackson when both men were in Cincinnati and took over as the Bengals offensive coordinator when Jackson got the head coaching job in Cleveland. Zampese’s stay in the job ended after the Bengals failed to score a touchdown in their first two games of the 2017 season.

The Browns interviewed Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan as an offensive coordinator candidate this week as Jackson is expected to add one to his staff after going without a coordinator last year.

18 responses to “Report: Browns hiring Ken Zampese as quarterbacks coach

  1. It seem clear that Hue has no idea how to build a team, replacing coaches annually while forcing the players into a new mold each off season. Continuity of coaching is the hallmark of successful franchises – a lesson Haslam and Jackson have yet to learn. When the message each year is different the players can never excel. Jackson will continue to try to shift blame to subordinates. This is Jackson’s last head coaching gig and he knows it. This year Zampese will be the scapegoat for failure to develop (as opposed to find) a serviceable quarterback. Last year it was Sashi Brown’s fault for not finding one. How long can Haslam remain blind to the need to establish a viable coaching staff? Apparently he believes Jackson is the best he can lure to the Browns. Watch for Dorsey to find next year’s coaching staff!

  2. This is actually a big improvement over the original report, which was that Zampese would be the OC. His track record as an OC is awful. His track record as a QB coach is pretty decent. In Cincinnati he just ended up getting promoted past his level of competence since the organization virtually always promotes from within, whether or not it’s merited.

    There are probably better candidates for QB coach out there, but Zampese actually isn’t a bad pickup.

  3. Stop relying so much on the draft. Go get proven talent to build your team. Oh and like sjd1234 said, stop hiring buddies and get talented coaches. Otherwise, you still live in the basement.

  4. He did a decent job as QB coach in Cincinnati. The problem is that when it came to play calling he had a 1000 page manifesto rather than an actual playbook with simple to run plays.

  5. Zampese is a good QBs coach for the Air Coryell system. Thats actually a good signing. Hue may want to consider hiring Bob Bratkowski as his OC. I know he was fired at Cincy and Im not a big fan of recycled fired coaches, but he got a raw deal in Cincy. He was doing alright until Terrell Owens and Ocho Cinco starting whining for the ball more and made Bratkowski stray from his run-first philosophy. He’s what a young team needs. A OC that has seen it all. He’s been an OC in three different decades, know how to win in that division, and he and Al Saunders, Zampese will all be on the same page.

    There’s better OCs out there, but I don’t think there’s anybody better for the Browns situation than Bratkowski.

  6. 49ersfury says:
    January 12, 2018 at 11:30 am
    There’s better OCs out there, but I don’t think there’s anybody better for the Browns situation than Bratkowski.
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    Uh, no. As a Bengals fan that suffered under Bratkowski, there is definitely better out there.

    Typical Brat playcalling: on first, run up the middle for two yards. On second, run up the middle for one yard. On third, throw a quick pass for 5 yards and hope the WR makes someone miss. And then ever now and then try to throw a deep ball for Chad on first down.

    That’s it, that’s the whole playbook. Great strategy for the 1970s, but until Brat shows that he’s up to date on modern offenses, I’d just say no.

  7. Oy vey. This can’t hurt.Did David Lee ever once suggest to Kizer to stop staring down receivers? Also,by adding Zampese ,even before they hire an OC, they have two former NFL OC’s on staff including Al Saunder. If/when they add an OC then that will be three that can help convince Hue to emphasize the running game. Of course,Saquon Barkley could have a lot to do with that.

  8. 49ersfury says:

    January 12, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Zampese is a good QBs coach for the Air Coryell system. Thats actually a good signing. Hue may want to consider hiring Bob Bratkowski as his OC. I know he was fired at Cincy and Im not a big fan of recycled fired coaches, but he got a raw deal in Cincy. He was doing alright until Terrell Owens and Ocho Cinco starting whining for the ball more and made Bratkowski stray from his run-first philosophy. He’s what a young team needs. A OC that has seen it all. He’s been an OC in three different decades, know how to win in that division, and he and Al Saunders, Zampese will all be on the same page.

    There’s better OCs out there, but I don’t think there’s anybody better for the Browns situation than Bratkowski.
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    Terell Owens arrived in Cincinnati in 2010 which was Bratkowski’s last season. They went pass heavy cause they were behind most games and couldn’t run the ball. Bratkowski had some good years in Cincinnati with a young Palmer, a very good offensive line and Rudi Johnson in his prime. As a Bengals fan however I must say that I thought as good as that offense was it underachieved. Bratkowski should have been fired well before 2010. The reason why he lasted so long was because of Mike Brown’s “loyalty”. I think the only reason why Brat was canned was due to Marvin throwing down the gauntlet and telling Mikey boy that he wasn’t coming back unless there was some changes to be made. To suggest that Brat is the best coach for Jackson’s offense is laughable. He had his time and it passed him by a long time ago. Scheming, designing and calling offense is a young man’s game now and the Browns and the Vikings should be looking for the next Sean Mcvay, not a washout like Bratkowski.

  9. natijim185 says:
    January 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    In my best Tanya Harding whine…Whyyyyy?
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    That was Nancy Kerrigan, but I got it.

  10. Zampese is a solid quarterback coach. He’s as good as the Browns were going to get. There aren’t a ton of coaches dying to go to Cleveland for what may be Hue’s last year.

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