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Ken Zampese
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Ken Zampese was named quarterbacks coach on Jan. 12, 2018. He has been an NFL coach the past 20 years.

Zampese (pronounced zam-PEE-zee) spent the past 15 years with the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent 2016 and part of the 2017 season as offensive coordinator after serving as quarterbacks coach for 13 seasons (2003-15).  He helped shape two of the best passers in Bengals history in Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton. Zampese served as quarterbacks coach for Palmer’s first seven NFL seasons (2004-10) and for Dalton’s first five (2011-15). Zampese helped develop each to multiple Pro Bowl selections as well as numerous franchise records. Dalton, a second-round pick in 2011, became just the second quarterback in the Super Bowl era to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. Palmer led the NFL with 33 passing touchdowns in 2005. In 2004, Zampese helped quarterback Jon Kitna set several career highs en route to being named the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year.

Prior to Cincinnati, Zampese spent three seasons (2000-02) on the Rams coaching staff. In 2001, he served as wide receivers coach and the Rams led the NFL in passing yards. He added the title passing game coach in 2002 and the Rams finished second in the league in passing yards.

Zampese began his NFL career as an offensive assistant with Philadelphia in 1998. He was an offensive assistant with Green Bay the following year.

Prior to the NFL, he spent nine years coaching on the college level. He spent time at the University of San Diego (1989), University of Southern California (1990-91), Northern Arizona University (1992-95) and Miami University (1996-97).

Zampese played wide receiver and kick returner at San Diego. He was named the Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior. He earned an undergraduate degree in business from San Diego and a master’s degree from Southern California.

His father, Ernie, was a longtime NFL offensive coordinator and helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XXX.

A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Zampese and his wife have two children.  

Ken Zampese’s Coaching Background:

1989                University of San Diego, graduate assistant
1990-91           University of Southern California, graduate assistant
1992-94           Northern Arizona University, wide receivers coach
1995                Northern Arizona University, offensive coordinator
1996-97           Miami University, quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator
1998                Philadelphia Eagles, offensive assistant
1999                Green Bay Packers, offensive assistant
2000                St. Louis Rams, offensive assistant
2001                St. Louis Rams, wide receivers coach
2002                St. Louis Rams, passing game coordinator
2003-15           Cincinnati Bengals, quarterbacks coach
2016-17           Cincinnati Bengals, offensive coordinator
2018-               Cleveland Browns, quarterbacks coach

Ken Zampese was named quarterbacks coach on Jan. 12, 2018. He has been an NFL coach the past 20 years.

Zampese (pronounced zam-PEE-zee) spent the past 15 years with the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent 2016 and part of the 2017 season as offensive coordinator after serving as quarterbacks coach for 13 seasons (2003-15).  He helped shape two of the best passers in Bengals history in Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton. Zampese served as quarterbacks coach for Palmer’s first seven NFL seasons (2004-10) and for Dalton’s first five (2011-15). Zampese helped develop each to multiple Pro Bowl selections as well as numerous franchise records. Dalton, a second-round pick in 2011, became just the second quarterback in the Super Bowl era to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. Palmer led the NFL with 33 passing touchdowns in 2005. In 2004, Zampese helped quarterback Jon Kitna set several career highs en route to being named the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year.

Prior to Cincinnati, Zampese spent three seasons (2000-02) on the Rams coaching staff. In 2001, he served as wide receivers coach and the Rams led the NFL in passing yards. He added the title passing game coach in 2002 and the Rams finished second in the league in passing yards.

Zampese began his NFL career as an offensive assistant with Philadelphia in 1998. He was an offensive assistant with Green Bay the following year.

Prior to the NFL, he spent nine years coaching on the college level. He spent time at the University of San Diego (1989), University of Southern California (1990-91), Northern Arizona University (1992-95) and Miami University (1996-97).

Zampese played wide receiver and kick returner at San Diego. He was named the Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior. He earned an undergraduate degree in business from San Diego and a master’s degree from Southern California.

His father, Ernie, was a longtime NFL offensive coordinator and helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XXX.

A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Zampese and his wife have two children.  

Ken Zampese’s Coaching Background:

1989                University of San Diego, graduate assistant
1990-91           University of Southern California, graduate assistant
1992-94           Northern Arizona University, wide receivers coach
1995                Northern Arizona University, offensive coordinator
1996-97           Miami University, quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator
1998                Philadelphia Eagles, offensive assistant
1999                Green Bay Packers, offensive assistant
2000                St. Louis Rams, offensive assistant
2001                St. Louis Rams, wide receivers coach
2002                St. Louis Rams, passing game coordinator
2003-15           Cincinnati Bengals, quarterbacks coach
2016-17           Cincinnati Bengals, offensive coordinator
2018-               Cleveland Browns, quarterbacks coach

 

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