Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lazor's system 'reminiscent of Chip Kelly’s offense'


Perhaps the most intriguing question about the 2014 Miami Dolphins centers around how the offense will look under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.

After the first of Miami's offseason minicamps, we are starting to hear some answers.

“It’s reminiscent of Chip Kelly’s offense in Philadelphia, with the tempo and style,” an unnamed Dolphins player said, according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson.

“There are some West Coast offense concepts,” the player added. “Some shotgun, some under center. They’ve discussed having both no huddle and huddle. It’s fast tempo.”

This season will be the first for quarterback Ryan Tannehill without former coordinator Mike Sherman, who has coached Tannehill nearly his entire football playing career, first at Texas A&M and in his first two seasons with the Dolphins.

Hopefully for Miami, the new, more progressive scheme will unlock more of Tannehill's potential, which seemed to stagnate under Sherman.

Lazor was the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, where he oversaw a breakout year of breakout years by Nick Foles. Foles threw 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions in Chip Kelly's option-heavy offense, which helped lead Philadelphia to a 10-6 record and a division title.

The Dolphins would do well to get a fraction of that improvement from Tannehill. The hope is Lazor's influence, and new scheme, will help make that happen.

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