Friday, September 19, 2014
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Dolphins announce Lazor hiring

Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, yesterday reported to be the Detroit Lions' choice as offensive coordinator, instead joined the Miami Dolphins' staff today in that role.

Dolphins announce Lazor hiring

Bill Lazor certainly became a hot commodity after presiding over Nick Foles' development, a huge key to the Eagles' turnaround in the first season under Chip Kelly.

Lazor, Kelly's quarterbacks coach, was officially named the Dolphins' offensive coordinator Wednesday, one day after it was reported he was the Lions' first choice for that job. Lazor chose Miami and Ryan Tannehill over Detroit and Matt Stafford.

"Bill is an accomplished coach and will be a great addition to our coaching staff,” Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said in a statement released by the team. “Bill has been instrumental in helping players reach their full potential, as players and people, at both the college and professional level. He also has a proven track record of success working with a wide variety of offenses."

Foles led the NFL with a 119.2 passer rating in 2013, throwing 27 touchdown passes and two interceptions in 10 starts.

Lazor, 41, was the University of Virginia offensive coordinator when Kelly hired him a year ago. Before that he worked for the Redskins, Seahawks and Falcons, serving as QB coach in Washington and Seattle. He played quarterback at Cornell.

“I look forward to working with coach Philbin and his staff. I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Chip Kelly, and the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization for the great opportunity they gave me over this past year. I am eager to get to Miami to help build the 2014 Dolphins,” Lazor said in the Dolphins' statement.

It isn't clear where the Eagles will go in their search for Lazor's successor.

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The Eagles announced that LeSean McCoy was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Year by the Committee of 101, which is kind of a Kansas City equivalent of the Maxwell Club. Not surprisingly, the KC group named Andy Reid the NFL's coach of the year.

 

 

 

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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