According to ESPN’s Ed Werner, the Detroit Lions have hired Bill Lazor as Jim Caldwell’s offensive coordinator. Lazor spent the 2013 season as the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
It would appear that Lazor will head the mission of getting the most out of Matthew Stafford and the talents surrounding him. The 41-year-old has been credited with the growth and production of Nick Foles this past season. Not only did Foles have an incredible individual season with 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions, he was the leader of a team that went 9-2 to end the season in order to be named division champions.
Lazor looks like he is the right man for that job but he does not have any NFL-experience as an offensive coordinator. Chip Kelly brought him to his staff after he served as the University of Virginia’s offensive coordinator from 2010-12. Prior to his stint at Virginia, Lazor was an NFL assistant for the Falcons, Redskins, and Seahawks from 2003-09.
As a former three-year starting quarterback at the University of Cornell, Lazor began his coaching career as an assistant at his Alma Mater in 1993 before eventually moving on to become the offensive coordinator at University of Buffalo in 2001.
Now that the big pieces of Caldwell’s staff look to be in place, it’s time to figure out what type of offense to instate and who will be calling the plays. Of course the situation in Detroit could be better by already having the answers to these glaring questions, but at least the pieces look to be in place.
Fans in Detroit should not question the hire, fans should rejoice that Lazor did see the offensive coordinator position with the Miami Dolphins as a more intriguing job than the one in Detroit. Stafford needs somebody to fix his mechanics and help become an elite quarterback on a consistent basis. If Lazor can get the same production out of Stafford as he did with Foles, the Lions will instantly become a championship-contending team.
The pieces on the field are in place, the problem is finding who will get the most out of those pieces. The hire of Lazor is a step in the right direction for the Lions, in no way is this position with Detroit more than he can handle.
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