Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Lazor to Miami; Kelly loses first staffer
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- Right coach, wrong city.
A day after speculation swirled that Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor would go to Detroit, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Lazor will be the new offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.
The 41-year-old Lazor spent just one season on Eagles coach Chip Kelly's staff. He spent the three previous seasons as the offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia. Before that, Lazor worked as an assistant for NFL head coaches Dan Reeves, Joe Gibbs and Mike Holmgren.
His depth and breadth of experience make Lazor attractive, but his work in Philadelphia can't be overlooked. Lazor coached Nick Foles to the highest passer rating (119.2) in the NFL and a record touchdown/interception ratio of 27 to 2. Lazor also worked closely with rookie Matt Barkley, who is likely to be the Eagles' No. 2 quarterback in 2014.
Any coaching departure is cause for concern, especially when it affects young players like Foles and Barkley. But the Eagles have some redundancy built in. Kelly works with the quarterbacks, and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has coached quarterbacks from Donovan McNabb to Sam Bradford to Foles.
In Miami, Lazor will work with quarterback Ryan Tannehill trying to revitalize the offensive system run by head coach Joe Philbin.