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.