The Miami Dolphins have found their offensive coordinator and his name is Bill Lazor.
It was announced earlier today that the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach will take over the offensive coordinator position for the Dolphins. Lazor has spent his NFL coaching career under the tutelage of such names as Mike Holmgren, Joe Gibbs and Dan Reeves. Lazor had become a hot commodity amongst coaches on the market due to his work with Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in 2013.
In Foles’ second season this past year, the young quarterback led the NFL in passer rating and set an NFL record for touchdown-to-interception ratio (27:2). Foles’ emergence as a top-tier quarterback was one of the league’s biggest surprises in 2013. In six starts in 2012, Foles had accumulated just a 79.1 quarterback rating. In 2013, his passer rating increased by more than 40 points to a 119.2 rating under the tutelage of Lazor.
Lazor has all of the ingredients to be a good offensive coordinator with the Dolphins. The Eagles had the fourth-best offense (27.6 PPG) in the NFL, meaning Lazor has not only developed and worked with great offensive talent, but great offensive-minded coaches such as Chip Kelly. Lazor is also young (41 years of age) and hungry—he has never been an offensive coordinator at the NFL level.
The Dolphins have the talent on offense. The receiving core is above average with Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. Charles Clay may be the best receiving H-back in the NFL. For all of the faults of Ryan Tannehill, he has still shown the potential to be a top 10 quarterback in the league.
Miami still has major issues along the offensive line and at the running back position—the line needs to be revamped through the draft and free agency, and Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas cannot be competing with one another for the starting running back position in 2014. A young runner through the draft and a veteran running back need to be brought in to bring stability to the lackluster position.
But there’s a reason this team was one win away from earning a playoff berth. There’s a reason why there were glimpses of consistency shown by this offense last season—it’s a unit full of young talent.
This unit full of young talent now has a young coordinator and they are both hungry to prove themselves next season.