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Bears interview Zampese for OC

The coach who helped develop Carson Palmer into an elite NFL quarterback could be the Chicago Bears' next offensive coordinator. Cincinnati Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese interviewed with the Bears on Tuesday and may be the front-runner for the position, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

Zampese, who began his tenure with the Bengals in 2003, was recommended to Bears coach Lovie Smith by Mike Martz, who also interviewed for the position, according to the report. He signed an extension with the Bengals last season, but was granted permission to interview with the Bears.

Zampese has been considered as offensive coordinator in the past, and interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the job in 2009.

The 42-year-old California native has also served as an assistant with the St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. His father, Ernie, also served as an assistant coach with several NFL teams.