Bears interview Bengals QB coach Ken Zampese for offensive coordinator

CHICAGO -- When speaking to people about Ken Zampese, the first thing brought up is his proven track record of working with quarterbacks, having coached that position for the Cincinnati Bengals since 2003.

The second thing; his lack of play calling experience.

Zampese, who reportedly interviewed for the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator position, worked with Lovie Smith in St. Louis from 2001-02, and is held in high regard by those in the coaching community. In fact, Zampese had been considered for several offensive coordinator positions in the past, but for whatever reason, he didn't get the job.

Still, it might be a tough sell if the Bears hire somebody who's never been an offensive coordinator. But at this point in the search process, Zampese's name being thrown into the mix is a welcome relief and a pleasant departure from some of the other candidates speculated upon by the media.