Before Bill Lazor came to Miami, the Dolphins had an offensive coordinator who had great success as the head coach for the Green Bay Packers, and was the head coach at Texas A&M while Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was still there playing, that man's name is Mike Sherman.
Sherman followed Tannehill to Miami and was one of the primary reasons he was drafted in the first-round, as then head coach Joe Philbin had actually worked under Sherman in Green Bay. Unfortunately, as an offensive coordinator, Sherman didn't last long as his offenses ranked 27th and 26th overall in 2012-13, and the fans screamed for his head.
Then when Bill Lazor came along from Philadelphia, fans got excited as they were under the impression that Lazor was going to bring Chip Kelly's offense with him, an offense that was about as un-Sherman as could be. No more "go!" or "go go!" No more vanilla play-calling. The offense was about to be a juggernaut.
Now though, fans are starting to realize that Lazor might've actually been the worse of the two, and that Sherman actually had a better offensive scheme. Now some of that Sherman influence may be returning, as Zac Taylor is now in charge of the offense.
Taylor is Sherman's son-in-law, and Taylor said he keeps in touch with the longtime football coach frequently.
“I do, absolutely.”
Now that in itself makes sense, they are family after all. It would raise more important red flags if they didn't keep in touch. But what might concern some fans is the fact that Taylor stated in his introductory press conference that he often goes to his father-in-law for coaching advice.
“Always. I have always done that." he said. "He’s been a huge influence in my life in many ways. I learned a lot of football from him. He’s always been unbelievable to me. I talk to him almost weekly. He’s always been a big influence and key in my life.”
Unlike his father-in-law, Taylor has never called plays before, and that could be a cause for concern as yet another rookie coordinator takes over. But the interim OC assures everyone that he - and has been - prepared for the responsibility now facing him.
“I’ve called a thousand games in my head, I can promise you that." he said. "Now that doesn’t translate to being on the sidelines and calling a game but I am absolutely prepared. This is, as a player you dream about playing in the Super Bowl, as a coach you daydream about calling the Super Bowl. There is no substitute for experience, there is no doubt about that, but I have all the confidence with the staff around me – I have unbelievable guys on offense that are there to help me."
The coaching staff currently in place is fighting for their jobs, and unless changes happen quickly, it doesn't bode well for anyone's future in Miami. Change has been promised several times now, and now it's Taylor's turn to show whether or not he can make a change by taking what he's learned from his father-in-law and making it work.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater