Bill Lazor's firing just calm to the storm for Dolphins


If you are surprised by Monday's firing of Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, don’t be. This is just the calm before the storm that is currently brewing in South Florida.

Lazor being “relieved of his duties,” as the team likes to call it, is just the beginning of a much bigger shakeup the team is bracing for in January. The Dolphins (4-7) are prepping for a full-fledge hurricane to sweep through the team's complex in Davie, Fla. after this season, which will be the seventh consecutive year without the playoffs.

Dolphins vice president Mike Tannenbaum, who was hired in January, is just about the only person who is completely safe. Anyone under Tannenbaum, such as general manager Dennis Hickey and interim head coach Dan Campbell, should be looking over their shoulders. The clock is ticking on any of the final remnants of the disappointing era of former head coach Joe Philbin, who was fired after Week 4. Miami needs major changes and is gradually heading in that direction.

The writing was on the wall for Lazor. He was Philbin's hand-picked choice two years ago to turn Miami’s offense into a powerhouse, but it never happened. The Dolphins were mediocre in the red zone, awful on third down (27.7 percent conversions) and averaging just 20.5 points per game, which is 27th in the NFL.

Lazor’s offense also got too pass happy, as evident by the 58-to-9 pass-to-run ratio in Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill also regressed in some ways in his fourth season. This is a sure formula to get fired as Dolphins' offensive coordinator.

But getting rid of Lazor is the equivalent of cleaning just one room. The Dolphins have a large, messy house that needs a lot of scrubbing once they play out their final five games of the regular season.