- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins have high expectations for their offense this upcoming season after hiring Bill Lazor from the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Eagles quarterbacks coach did a terrific job with Pro Bowler Nick Foles in Philadelphia last season.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly met with the media Wednesday during the NFL’s owners meetings in Orlando. Kelly, who led Philadelphia to the playoffs in 2013, had high praise for Lazor.
“I think everybody’s product of what you see on the field and, obviously, Nick deserves credit because Nick’s the one who’s playing,” Kelly said. “But Billy was the guy that got him prepared to play, so I think Billy did a great job with him. I think he’s got great experience in terms of being a coordinator at the college level but has also coached with the Seahawks and the Falcons and the Redskins. … I thought it was a great opportunity for him and I think he’s going to do a really good job down there.”
Lazor has coordinator experience in college. But this is his first coordinator position in the NFL. Lazor will be in charge of the play-calling duties in Miami, as well.
The Dolphins struggled mightily on offense last season and failed to run or pass with any consistency. Miami was ranked 20th in passing and 26th in rushing.
A major part of Miami’s success will hinge on third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is 15-17 as a starter. Success at the quarterback position is the best chance Miami has of becoming a playoff contender. Lazor did wonders with Foles last year, and the Dolphins are hoping to have similar success with Tannehill.
“Billy’s very, very intelligent I think one of the first things that struck me when we first interviewed him was his intelligence just kind of jumps out at you,” Kelly explained. “He’s an Ivy League guy that has a great way of teaching and has great knowledge in terms of the game. He did a great job with our quarterback position.”