Ken Zampese’s history of developing quarterbacks is good news for Redskins
Ken Zampese has a history of developing quarterbacks which is certainly good news for the Redskins and Dwayne Haskins.
The Washington Redskins overhauled their coaching staff following the 2019 season. After stumbling to a 3-13 record, the Redskins elected to clean house. They had already fired Jay Gruden midseason, but interim head coach Bill Callahan and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky were all out at the end of the year as well.
And while offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell was potentially going to stick around under Ron Rivera, that didn’t end up happening.
Rivera ended up being hired just before the New Year and the team is being rebuilt around him. Bruce Allen is gone, so Rivera and Kyle Smith have been working together to create the team that will take the field in 2020.
One of Rivera’s first tasks was building a coaching staff. And while he did bring some familiar faces with him from his time with the Carolina Panthers, he did bring in some other coaches as well.
One of them in Ken Zampese. The son of former Redskins offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese, who had his roots in the “Air Coryell” offenses of the 1970s and ’80s, is set to be the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach. And it looks like he was a pretty strong hire.
Zampese most recently served as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Legends in the short-lived AAF in 2019 before joining the Florida Gators as a quality control analyst. In these roles, he found success, but they weren’t what Zampese was used to doing. Before those stints, he was a well-respected quarterbacks coach who had a lot of strong talking points on his resume.
The Redskins may have scooped up a gem by landing Zampese. Here’s a look at his NFL career to date and his most notable success stories developing quarterbacks at the NFL level.