are hoping to improve an offense that finished 26th in points in 2013. (Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)
The Miami Dolphins offense was an issue in 2013. En route to an 8-8 season, they finished 26th in points scored (19.8), 27th in yardage (312.9), 20th in passing yardage (222.9) and 26th in rushing yardage (90).
To help resolve this major issue, the team went out this offseason and hired Bill Lazor from the Philadelphia Eagles as the new offensive coordinator. Upon his hiring, he was informed by head coach Joe Philbin that he would have total control of his unit, and so far the players on offense in Miami seem very optimistic that there could be a huge turnaround in production this year, similar to what Lazor helped the Eagles orchestrate in 2013.
Actually, one unnamed Dolphins player said it reminds him exactly of the Eagles' offensive scheme.
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“It’s reminiscent of Chip Kelly’s offense in Philadelphia, with the tempo and style,” said one Dolphins player who asked not to be named to the Miami Herald. “There are some West Coast offense concepts ... Some shotgun, some under center. They’ve discussed having both no huddle and huddle. It’s fast tempo.”
As we saw last year in Philadelphia, the key to making an offense like this work is getting maximum production from the quarterback position (see Nick Foles
). So for this to work in Miami like it did in Philly, Lazor is going to have to help Ryan Tannehill
reach the next level.