Bengals fire co-ordinator Ken Zampese after 0-2 start
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CINCINNATI — The Bengals made the first step toward digging out from their historically bad start Friday, firing offensive
Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor was promoted to
"When you've been in this league long enough, you see a whole bunch of different things happen," Lazor said. "Not many of them are shocking anymore. You come in the day after a tough loss and try figure out how make it better. Obviously, it took some different turns."
The move was announced an hour after coach Marvin Lewis declined to talk about changes in response to a 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night. Cincinnati (0-2) has yet to score a touchdown in 25 possessions this season.
The Bengals are the first team since the 1939 Eagles to open a season with two home games and fail to score a touchdown , according to information from the Elias Sports Bureau shared by ESPN. They lost to the Ravens 20-0 on Sunday, the first time in their 50-year history that they were blanked in a home opener.
Zampese was Cincinnati's quarterbacks coach for 13 seasons before moving up to
After the loss on Thursday night, Green questioned why the team's playmakers weren't more involved in the
"When it's crunch time, though, we have to get our playmakers the ball," Green said . "It's as simple as that."
Lewis avoided talking about the
"It involves all of us," Lewis said . "It's how we formulate our plan, how we execute our plan, how the plan is called all the way through. We've got to make sure we're doing the right things with our people and attacking the opponent as well."
Lazor was fired as the Dolphins'
Lazor doesn't have enough time to make structural changes in the
"Especially when something like this happens during a season, you can't go much beyond that," Lazor said. "We've got a real tough task at hand. We'll let the philosophy work its way out as we go."
One likely change will involve the running backs. Zampese alternated Bernard, Mixon and Jeremy Hill by series. None of them has gotten into a flow in two games — Bernard ran 12 times for 50 yards, Mixon 17 times for 45 yards, Hill 12 times for 43 yards.
"I haven't done three (running backs) probably in the past, splitting it equally," Lazor said. "But that's where we've been so far."
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