Enquirer beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski break down the Bengals thirteen-9 loss to Houston.
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A solemn Marvin Lewis met with the media Friday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium and preached higher execution and preparation on offense, however didn’t instantly announce any modifications to the employees or beginning personnel because the group breaks for the weekend.

That modified quickly after, when it was confirmed by The Enquirer the Bengals let go of their offensive coordinator who took over for Hue Jackson in 2016.  

Quarterbacks coach Invoice Lazor will assume play-calling duties. He’s the lone member of the offensive employees to have that have, serving because the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator from 2014 and thru most of 2015.

The membership made it official later within the afternoon.

Within the 50-yr historical past of the franchise, Zampese is the primary coordinator to be dismissed in season. Beforehand, different coordinators had modified positions because of head teaching modifications.

In 2004, Lewis took over defensive play-calling duties from coordinator Leslie Frazier however Frazier was not fired in-season.

Zampese had been with the Bengals for 15 seasons, coming in with Lewis in 2003 because the group’s quarterbacks coach.

Cited by Lewis as someone who could keep the momentum of 2015’s offensive pace going due to his familiarity with Andy Dalton and long tenure under three different coordinators, Zampese’s unit struggled mightily in 18 regular season games under his direction.

After 0-2 start, the Bengals scored a total of nine points and totaled 516 yards of total offense without a touchdown.

When asked if all things were on the table regarding staff or personnel changes, Lewis originally said, “We have to get better but I’m never going to come in here and tell you anything we’re going to do with one another. What we do is private to us.”

When asked if he’s committed to offensive coordinator Ken Zampese, Lewis smiled.

“Again, I told you. I just answered. It’s a nice try though.”

Lewis was asked a followup “so no changes?”

“We’re not going to discuss any of that in here.”

Instead, Lewis preached his theme of better execution. 

“It involves everybody, it involves all of us,” Lewis said of the lack of execution on offense. “It’s how we formulate our plan, how we execute our plan, how the…