Cincinnati Bengals sign offensive coordinator Bill Lazor

By Alex Butler  |  Jan. 3, 2018 at 11:54 AM
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Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals have signed offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to a new contract.

Cincinnati announced the news on Wednesday.

"We have a lot of talent on this roster and I am excited for the opportunity to build the high-powered offense we have the potential to be," Lazor said in a news release from the Bengals. "This offseason will give us the chance to continue the success we had at the end of the year as we develop into a dynamic offense in 2018."

The Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese on Sept. 15 after the team failed to score a touchdown through the first two games of the season and ranked No. 22 in total offense. Lazor was promoted to the position during his second season as an assistant coach. He joined the franchise on Jan. 18, 2016 as quarterbacks coach.

Lazor also served as an offensive coordinator and/or quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. He played quarterback at Cornell before joining the college coaching ranks at Cornell, the University of Buffalo and the University of Virginia. Lazor also was an assistant for the Atlanta Falcons.

"He's very comfortable with how I see it," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told reporters Tuesday, when asked about Lazor. "We basically wasted the 2,000 snaps of OTAs and training camp because it was through another man's eyes. When Bill took over, Bill was able to try and work through things that had been already done without trying to slow our players down. He tried to work in the constraints of the way things were and the things that had been installed."

Cincinnati finished the 2017 season ranked No. 26 in points scored and No. 32 in yards per game.

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