QB Coach Zampese Interviews with Bears

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It’s been an active week for the Bengals coaching staff, with defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and offensive line coach/assistant head coach Paul Alexander both signing new three year deals with the club after garnering interest from other teams. 

The Chicago Tribune reported this week that quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese interviewed for the vacant offensive coordinator position with the Bears.  The Bears fired offensive coordinator Ron Turner shortly after the conclusion of the regular season. 

Zampese, the son of long-time former NFL assistant Ernie Zampese, has been Carson Palmer’s only position coach for his seven seasons in the NFL and has gotten a lot of the credit for his success. 

Bears head coach Lovie Smith has some history with Zampese.  Both were on the Ram’s coaching staff under Mike Martz.  It’s reported Martz endorsed Zampese’s candidacy. 

Zampese has interviewed in previous years for open offensive coordinator positions with the Buccaneers, Panthers, and Jets but has yet to be offered a job.  He was reported to be Rex Ryan’s second choice last year in New York, with Brian Schottenheimer eventually keeping the job. 

Though under contract, it’s doubtful the Bengals would block the move if offered.


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