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Zampese fired, Lazor to step up as offensive coordinator

Zampese fired, Lazor to step up as offensive coordinator

The Cincinnati Bengals, who failed to score a touchdown in losing their first two games of the National Football League season, sacked offensive coordinator Ken Zampese on Friday.

Lazor, 45, joined the Bengals last season after spending two seasons as the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator.

It was nearly 30 minutes before Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton emerged from the showers after the team's 13-9 loss to the Texans on Thursday night. This is also the first time Cincinnati has gone two straight games without finding the end zone since 2008, and those Bengals had the excuse of having Ryan Fitzpatrick starting in place of an injured Carson Palmer.

Those came on 3 field goals in their Thursday-night loss to the Houston Texans.

Zampese took over the job last season after Hue Jackson left to fill the head coaching position in Cleveland.

"We're not getting the results we need to get", Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters after the game. "We'll have a chance to convene [Saturday] morning after everyone has had a chance to take in what's happening and we'll go forward a lot faster after that". Lewis is in the final year of his contract.

"We're not scoring enough points for our defense". Less than 24 hours later, they dumped offensive coordinator Ken Zampese.

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.

"What we need to do - the (offensive) philosophy - is to score as many points as we can to beat the Packers". So, we're just going to tackle that (right now). Woes in pass protection have not helped things, as Dalton has been sacked eight times in two games and clearly appeared off-kilter throughout Thursday night's game.