Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chip Kelly raves about Bill Lazor's intelligence


We have yet to see what will come of the Miami Dolphins' hiring of former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator.

What we do know, however, is that Lazor knows a lot. At least according to his former boss.

"Billy’s very, very intelligent," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said earlier this week, via Miami "I think one of the first things that struck me when we first interviewed him was his intelligence just kind of jumps out at you.

"He’s an Ivy League guy that has a great way of teaching and has great knowledge in terms of the game. He did a great job with our quarterback position."

Lazor most recently excelled in coaching up Nick Foles, who took the reins as the Eagles' starting quarterback midway through last season. Foles finished the year as the highest-rated passer in the league, throwing 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions.

The 41-year-old Lazor's last coordinator gig was at the University of Virginia from 2010-12, and he spent the prior decade as an offensive assistant for numerous NFL teams. Now, he's tasked with taking third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill and an offense that mostly underachieved under Mike Sherman to the next level.

Kelly thinks Lazor is plenty capable.

"I think he’s got great experience in terms of being a coordinator at the college level but has also coached with the Seahawks and the Falcons and the Redskins, so he’s got lot of NFL experience," Kelly said. "I thought it was a great opportunity for him and I think he’s going to do a really good job down there."

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