Friday, January 10, 2014
Dolphins sticking with West Coast offense?
By James Walker
The search for a new offensive coordinator and general manager is simultaneously underway for the Miami Dolphins. They began interviewing candidates earlier this week for the offensive coordinator position, and general manager interviews start Friday.
But there is an interesting development that stems from the first two reported candidates: Both Gary Kubiak and Bill Lazor believe in the West Coast offense. This was a key question after the Dolphins fired former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman after two seasons.
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, who was a former offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, believes in the West Coast scheme. If Miami hires a coordinator from a different system, that would provide a unique situation for the offensive-minded Philbin to trust a system with which he's not familiar. There will be a lot of pressure on Philbin to win in 2014, which could be a make-or-break year.
Kubiak ran a West Coast offense with the Denver Broncos as one of the NFL's top coordinators and also as head coach of the Houston Texans. Kubiak's prior head coaching experience also could help Philbin, who is entering his third season.
Lazor is best known for coaching up Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles last season. Lazor coached under Eagles head coach Chip Kelly's new offense in 2013 but also brought many of his West Coast principles and influence.
There certainly will be more coaching candidates for Miami in the next several days and weeks. But the early indications are Philbin wants to keep a system the head coach and quarterback Ryan Tannehill are most familiar with in 2014.