Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

'Near Mutiny' Prompted Ouster Of OC In Cincinnati, But Dalton's Job Safe

'Near Mutiny' Prompted Ouster Of OC In Cincinnati, But Dalton's Job Safe

After an enigmatic start to the season, the Bengals have announced that Ken Zampese is out as the team's offensive coordinator.

During their 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans on Thursday night, the Bengals became the first team since the 1939 Philadelphia Eagles to open a season with a pair of home games and fail to score a touchdown in either one.

Second-year offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is feeling the brunt of the criticism, and after a 2016 in which the Bengals finished 13th in yards but only 24th in points, red-zone efficiency was identified as the big problem to address in the offseason.

Florio reports that multiple Bengals said "pointed things" in private to Lewis, including the normally soft-spoken A.J. Green.

Head coach Marvin Lewis believes Lazor can change that. "We have a lot of talent on offense, and we need to keep working to take full advantage of the personnel we have".

Lazor, in his 12th season as an National Football League coach, is in his second season with Cincinnati after previous stops in Washington, Seattle, Philadelphia and Miami.

Lazor said he met with the offensive staff Friday and will do so again today, then meet with the players Monday.

"We are playing like s-- right now", he said. Before that Lazor was the offensive coordinator of the 2014 and 2015 Miami Dolphins who finished 14th and 26th respectively in total offense. In his first two starts, Dalton completed just 36 of 66 passes for 394 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions for a passer rating of 47.2.

Much of the Bengals' struggle can be attributed to poor quarterback play and coaching, but the true cause can easily be traced back to Bengals super fan Woody Harrelson. "We are going to have to look at it and see what we can do differently".

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