DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins needed an experienced offensive coordinator who has a history of developing quarterbacks. The Dolphins found their guy in Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor.
Lazor has agreed to join the Dolphins as the team’s new offensive coordinator. The hiring was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Lazor has never been an offensive coordinator at the NFL level, but his work last year turned a backup quarterback into a star.
Lazor took Eagles quarterback Nick Foles from a backup role on the team to being a starter playing at the highest level.
Foles, under Lazor’s tutelage, finished the season completing 64 percent of his passes while throwing 27 touchdowns against just two interceptions. Foles led the Eagles to a 9-2 record as the starter.
Lazor played quarterback in college at Cornell and then spent a year as offensive coordinator for the University of Buffalo. He worked as quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins in 2006-2007 and for the Seattle Seahawks from 2008-2009.
He left the NFL to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia in 2010 and stayed with the Cavaliers until 2012.
When Lazor came into UVA, he took a team that finished last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in offense to ranking third in 2010 and ranking fourth in 2011.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly chose Lazor to develop his quarterbacks in the Eagles’ new system.
Dan Reeves, Joe Gibbs, Mike Holmgren, and Jim Mora, Jr. are among the coaches that Lazor has worked for during his time in the NFL.
Lazor’s top job is simple: take Ryan Tannehill to the next level, much like he did with Foles. If Lazor can improve Tannehill, it will be a much different season next year for Dolphins fans.