Miami Dolphins fire offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, QB coach Zac Taylor to take over as the interim
The Miami Dolphins offense has been terrible all season long. They can't/won't run the football, they are predictable in their playcalling, and that's led to a majority of the Dolphins' third down situations to be third-and-long instead of a more manageable number.
This has led to the Dolphins season essentially being over, and fans are now waiting for next season and hoping - silently if nothing else - that the team tanks the rest of they year in hopes of getting an elite prospect in the 2016 NFL draft. Big changes are on the way, and according to Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated (@ThayerEvansSI), the Dolphins have begun by firing their offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.
Lazor, who took over as the offensive coordinator in 2014, was hyped up to be a protege of Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, whose supposedly fast-paced offense would revolutionize the NFL for years to come. That hasn't happened in Philadelphia and all signs point to Kelly leaving in 2016, and it most certainly hasn't worked out in Miami with Lazor.
Ironically enough, Tannehill had his best year ever under Bill Lazor in 2014, and he now seems on pace to have one of his worst years ever under the same man. The Dolphins are currently ranked 27th in the league in rushing yards per game, and their third down efficiency ranks them 31st. Only the St. Louis Rams are worse.
There is no balance, there is no semblance of smart playcalling, and the way the routes are run constantly has receivers squeezed together to the windows are so tight that there is no margin for error. Maybe an elite QB would be able to run this offense that way, but not Ryan Tannehill. He just doesn't fit in that elite category.
Even an elite QB would have issues with this offense, as Lazor has shown an extreme unwillingness to run the football and create balance, which is imperative for any team to have sustained success. Many were questioning why Lazor wasn't fired along with Joe Philbin and Kevin Coyle earlier this year, and now - once again - the Dolphins are making a move when it's already too late.
Now conventional wisdom would suggest that the Dolphins would allow Al Saunders to call the plays from here on out, as he's had experience as an offensive coordinator in the NFL, and as a member of the Chiefs coaching staff, he had the top ranked offense in the league from 2002-2005.
But the Dolphins have decided to go in a different direction.
Instead of calling on the veteran Saunders, the Miami Dolphins have reportedly opted to name quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor as the interim offensive coordinator. Taylor is the son-in-law of former Texas A&M head coach and Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
It appears clear at this point that the Dolphins season is over, and most of this remaining coaching staff won't be members of the Dolphins in 2016. At this point, it's just a matter of letting guys get experience and wait for their chance to coach elsewhere. The last of the major Joe Philbin coaching staff is now gone, and next year we will see the beginning of a new era. Hopefully a good one.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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