Dolphins fire Bill Lazor
By Brian Miller
The house cleaning for the Miami Dolphins has begun. Dan Campbell has fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.
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The Dolphins on Sunday lost to the Jets and for the second time this season, it has cost a coach his job. After losing to the Jets in London, Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle were both relieved of their duties. Now it’s Lazor’s turn.
Miami was once again sporting an anemic offense on Sunday. Rushing a total of nine times for 12 yards in a game they needed to win to say in the mentioning box of the playoffs. Instead, The Dolphins managed to put up seven points against a Jets defense that was short it’s featured cornerback, Darrelle Revis. In the 4th quarter when the game no longer was in reach, Miami posted two more touchdowns.
There has been talk in Miami all season that players were not buying into Lazor’s system or his play calling. One point of contention has been the fact that despite being in the league for four years, Ryan Tannehill is not allowed to audible during the game. Another contentious point is the fact that Tannehill is far more accurate when he is outside the pocket, and finally another nail into this coffin is the fact that Tannehill is very good running the ball and isn’t being put into position to do that.
Lazor came to Miami from Philadelphia where he served as the quarterbacks coach under Chip Kelly. Fans expected Lazor to bring that fiery fast paced offense to Miami. When that didn’t happen, many pointed their finger at Joe Philbin as the issue. Once Philbin left Miami, Lazor’s offense put up huge scores against Tennessee and Houston. Then they slid back into the mediocrity.
Sunday was a new low and the Dolphins had enough.
There are still five games remaining on the Dolphins schedule but the season is over for a team that has struggled on both sides of the ball and have now gone through one head coach, one defensive coordinator, and one offensive coordinator. All at the hands of the man who once served as the teams interim head coach. Todd Bowles.
Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor will assume the play-calling duties according to reports on Twitter, he will remain the teams quarterback coach through the rest of the season.