Is Joe Philbin a Steve Miller Band enthusiast? In hiring Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach, Bill Lazor, he may be hoping the new offensive coordinator will help the Fin offense "Fly Like an Eagle."
The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback coach was named the team's offensive coordinator today. The announcement was made by head coach Joe Philbin.
Lazor joins the Dolphins with 20 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional level.
“Bill is an accomplished coach and will be a great addition to our coaching staff,” said Philbin. “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. I want to welcome Bill and his family to the Dolphins family.”
Lazor joins Miami after spending the 2013 season with the Philadelphia Eagles as the team’s quarterbacks coach. While with the Eagles, Lazor played a central role in the development of second year quarterback Nick Foles, who completed the season as the NFL’s highest rated passer with 119.2 rating. The 119.2 rating was the third-highest single-season mark in NFL history behind only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (122.5 in 2011) and then Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning (121.1 in 2004). During the 2013 campaign, Foles accomplishments also included nine games of a passer rating over 100+ and throwing for 27 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He also led the NFL in yards per pass attempt (9.1), and TD pct. (8.5).
“I am excited to be joining the Miami Dolphins,” said Lazor. “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.”
Prior to his year with the Eagles, Lazor spent three seasons (2010-12) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Virginia. Under his guidance, the Cavaliers offense completed a dramatic turnaround, from a unit that ranked last in the ACC in 2009, to third in 2010 averaging more than 400 yards per game. That trend continued in 2011, as the Virginia offense averaged over 399 yards per game en route to the school’s first bowl game appearance in four seasons.
Lazor began his NFL coaching career in 2003 with the Atlanta Falcons under Dan Reeves as an offensive quality control coach and later joined Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs as an offensive assistant with the Washington Redskins in 2004. He spent the next three seasons with the Redskins, including the final two years as the team’s quarterbacks coach. Following his time with the Redskins, Lazor moved on to the Pacific Northwest and joined Mike Holmgren’s staff with the Seattle Seahawks as quarterbacks coach, a position that he held through the 2009 season.
Following a decorated playing career at Cornell University, Lazor began his coaching career with a variety of positions on the Big Red staff. From 1994-2000, Lazor coached running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends as well as serving as the school’s junior varsity head coach. Lazor’s final two seasons at Cornell (1999-2000) were spent as the school’s passing game coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Following his tenure at Cornell, he accepted the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Buffalo.
A graduate of Cornell, Lazor completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family studies. He was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Big Red and completed his playing career with 26 passing and total offensive program records. An All-Ivy League performer, Lazor was captain and the team’s most valuable player as a senior in 1993. He was born June 14, 1972, in Scranton, PA. He and his wife, Nicole, have a son, Nolan and two daughters Marin and Charlotte.
Bill Lazor’s Coaching Career
1994-2000 Cornell University Running Backs/Tight Ends/Wide Receivers/JV Head Coach, Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks (1999-2000)
2001-02 University of Buffalo Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2003 Atlanta Falcons Offensive Quality Control Coach
2004-07 Washington Redskins Offensive Assistant Coach (2004-05)
Quarterbacks Coach (2006-07)
2008-09 Seattle Seahawks Quarterbacks Coach
2010-12 Virginia Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
2013 Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks Coach
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