It turns out Bill Lazor will be leaving the Philadelphia Eagles after all.
Lazor, who was the Eagles' quarterbacks coach this season, was rumored to be the front-runner 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."
Lazor, 41, spent just one season with the Eagles, but he had a big impact. Under his tutelage, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles enjoyed an outstanding season, throwing 27 touchdown passes against 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.
Lazor takes over a Dolphins offense that ranked 27th in the NFL this season, averaging 312.9 total yards per game. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw 24 touchdown passes against 17 interceptions and posted a passer rating of 81.7. Foles led the league with a 119.2 passer rating that was the third-highest in NFL history.
Lamar Miller was the Dolphins' top rusher this season with 709 yards on 177 carries. Wide receiver Brian Hartline topped the team with 76 receptions for 1,016 yards and four TDs. Wide receiver Mike Wallace (73 catches, five TDs) and tight end Charles Clay (69, six TDs) also had solid seasons.
Center Mike Pouncey made the Pro Bowl as the leader of an offensive line that had to overcome a national controversy. Tackle Jonathan Martin left the team during the season amid accusations that he was being harrassed by guard Richie Incognito. Incognito was suspended by the Dolphins for conduct detrimental to the team.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has not named a replacement for Lazor.
Extra points: In other Eagles news, running back LeSean McCoy was named Wednesday as the NFC Offensive Player of the Year by NFL 101, a Kansas City-based organization. Kansas City coach Andy Reid, who spent the previous 14 seasons with the Eagles, was chosen as AFC Coach of the Year. Carolina coach Ron Rivera, a former Eagles assistant coach, beat out Kelly for the NFC coach award.
Guard Evan Mathis was officially selected for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday night after originally being picked as an alternate. Mathis will join Foles and McCoy in Honolulu, Hawaii for the game on Jan. 26. Eagles tackle Jason Peters also made the Pro Bowl, but has opted not to play in the game.
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