Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Late last week, a report emerged from Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network that there was some discontent in the Miami Dolphins locker room.
More specifically, there were a few offensive starters who weren’t happy with the way that offensive coordinator Bill Lazor spoke to them and the lack of utilizing various talent on that side of the ball. On Monday, Lazor addressed those concerns and said that it’s not easy to avoid the newspapers and all of the articles that come out about him, the offense and the team in general.
“I saw the headlines, but fought the temptation to read the stories. Actually, the week before, I was approached by someone in the organization after San Diego about some great articles about our offense, did I want them? I said absolutely not, do not. One was sent to me, I scanned it looking for what I was supposed to be seeing and then I said please tell them don’t send me any. Because the same ones that sound good at one point, they just kind of take your focus off what you’re supposed to be doing, to do the job the right way. Then, wouldn’t you know, it would be one week later where people were asking me about the negative articles. Same story, same answer. It’s not always easy, but that’s the best way. In this job, you have to stay focused on what you’re doing. I saw headlines, but read no articles.”
In regards to the discontent between him and the players, Lazor said that it’s about what a normal NFL offensive team would be. He noted that you can’t make everyone happy and there will be some players who appreciate the new standards of expectation and some players who don’t like it.
“Really, to me, the reason I enjoy coaching this level is because I like working in partnership with the players. I’ve coached in college a number of different times, a number of different NFL teams and the thing that I really enjoy is when you come into work with a bunch of professionals and you’re in it together. When guys have ideas, when guys have studied the film themselves and because they’re professionals, because they’ve been around, they can come up with thoughts and suggestions. As a coach, you’ve got to use what you have and, if you have knowledgeable players that can come with ideas that you think can help, then certainly as an NFL coach, you learn over time to use those things. It’s about like all of the NFL teams I’ve been on.”
The report by Darlington mentioned anonymous sources and Lazor said he doesn’t put much stock into those kind of reports.
“I probably just don’t put a lot of credence on anonymous reports. Like I said, I enjoy the professionals, the guys we work with. I enjoy coming to work every day because of the people I work with. You’ve been at practice, nothing is different. You’ve been at training camp where you could be at the whole practices. I would like to think that, if the players were asked, that they would say I’ve been professional. I’d say there would probably be very, very few times that a curse word has come out of my mouth, but that I’m demanding from them. The greatest feedback I’ve gotten from our players in one-on-one settings is when they’ve told me how much they appreciate the expectations I have for the offense.”
The belief in coaching circles is that Lazor is one of the nicest guys around and that he’s very professional in his dealings. While we can speculate as to where the rumors were coming from, it would do us no good and would only add fuel to the fire. For now, we see the offense improving and as Lazor said, you can never make everyone happy.