The Cincinnati Bengals finished the first two games of the 2017 season without a single touchdown, and that cost offensive coordinator Ken Zampese his job, the team announced Friday.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was noncommittal about the possibility of changing coaching personnel after the team’s 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football but was critical of Zampese, in particular.
The Bengals are the fifth team to have Lazor as a quarterbacks coach but the first to give him a job as offensive coordinator. He previously coached for Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, and Seattle. Lazor does have some coordinator experience, taking on the job during a three-year stint with the University of Virginia from 2010 to 2012.
By not scoring a touchdown Thursday, the Bengals became the first team since 1939 to start a season with two home games but zero trips to the end zone. They’re the second team in the last 10 years without a touchdown in the first two weeks, joining the 2016 Rams that finished last in points and offensive yardage.
Instead, Timmons went missing from the team’s hotel in Los Angeles just before the game because “something angered him,” according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. It may have nothing to do with football and is likely a personal issue, according to Salguero.
What does this mean for the Dolphins? With Timmons gone, the Dolphins are in a precarious spot at the linebacker position. It was on third-year linebacker Mike Hull to step in for Miami against the Chargers.
Hull, 26, was an undrafted free agent in 2015 and spent most of his rookie season on the Dolphins’ practice squad. He appeared in all 16 games last season, but made just one start for the team.
The Dolphins drafted Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft to add to the team’s linebacking corps, but the rookie tore his ACL in preseason and will miss the season.