Could the Cincinnati Benglas be losing another assistant coach? After losing both of their coordinators, as well as several lower-level assistants, they may be losing the man who’s oversaw the development of Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton.
The Detroit Lions interviewed Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese for the team’s open offensive coordinator job on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, which has since been confirmed by Lions beat writer Dave Birkett:
To follow up on what @caplannfl tweeted earlier today, the Lions interviewed Bengals QB coach Ken Zampese for their OC job today.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 21, 2014
As it turns out, they’ll be hiring
Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi, the grandson of Vince Lombardi, will be hired as Lions new offensive coordinator. per league sources
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 21, 2014
At the Senior Bowl, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the team is willing to be patient to ensure it makes the right hire. It looks like they’ve done given the Saints’ offensive success over the past eight seasons in which they’ye been among the best in the NFL in offensive production.
Zampese has been with the Bengals since 2003, overseeing the development of Palmer and Dalton, as well as Jon Kitna and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
While the Lions have passed over him, other teams may look ton interview him in the coming weeks. The Cleveland Browns are a team to watch out for after they hire a head coach.