College football coaches are bolting for the NFL left and right with a new notable among them–Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is now the head honcho for the Philadelphia Eagles and he’s bringing in all of his college counterparts to help him transition his super-fast read-option offense to the pros. Lazor spent the last three years calling the offensive plays for the Cavaliers, but his track record doesn’t forecast a lot of brotherly love in the city named after just that.
Lazor has spent a lot of time in both the college and pro football ranks, primarily as offensive coordinator and/or quarterbacks coach. He’ll be taking on the latter role in Philadelphia, where it’s uncertain who will be the starting quarterback as Nick Foles showed some promise for the Eagles while filling in for the injured Michael Vick last season. However, Vick’s mobility could be useful in Kelly’s offense, so Lazor may have a say in which passer gets the nod to start the 2013 season, granted they’re both still wearing green.
Lazor was the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins in 2006 and 2007 before taking that same position with the Seattle Seahawks the following two seasons. If you follow the NFL, you know that neither of those teams were very successful during those periods of time, but Lazor didn’t exactly have a lot with which to work at the quarterback position.
Regardless, Kelly must see something in Lazor because he’s bringing him in when he has a ton of other options. Well, I guess we’ll see how it goes, but the Eagles’ 2013 NFL season is sure to be an interesting one.