It turns out Bill Lazor will be coaching Ryan Tannehill instead of Matthew Stafford.

Lazor, who was the Eagles' quarterbacks coach this season, was rumored to be the frontrunner to become the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator. Instead, he was hired Wednesday to be Miami's offensive coordinator.

"Bill is an accomplished coach and will be a great addition to our coaching staff," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday in a statement. "Bill has been instrumental in helping players reach their full potential as players and people, at both the college and professional level. He also had a track record of success working with a wide variety of offenses."

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Lazor, 41,  spent just one season with the Eagles, but had a big impact. Under his tutelage, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles enjoyed an outstanding season, throwing 27 touchdown passes against just two interceptions while earning a berth in the Pro Bowl.

Lazor has never held a coordinator position in the NFL. He was a quarterbacks coach with Seattle (2008-09) and Washington (2006-07) after previously serving as an offensive assistant with Atlanta (2003) and the Redskins (2004-05).

He was an offensive coordinator in the college ranks with the University of Buffalo (2001-02) and Virginia (2010-12).

"I am excited to be joining the Miami Dolphins," Lazor said Wednesday in a statement. "I look forward to working with coach Philbin and his staff. I want to thank (Eagles owner) Jeffrey Lurie, (Eagles coach) Chip Kelly and the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization for the opportunity they gave me over this past year. I am eager to get to Miami to help build the 2014 Dolphins."

Lazor was not the Dolphins' top choice.

The team interviewed Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday in hopes of hiring him to succeed Mike Sherman as the Dolphins' top offensive coach, but McAdoo elected to join the New York Giants.


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