Contrary to previous reports by ESPN’s Ed Werner, Bill Lazor has agreed to become the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. This news was first reported this morning by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
So what does this mean for the Detroit Lions? Yet another coach looked destined to become a member of the Lions coaching staff and has chosen a franchise that is composed of lesser talented players.
The head coaching vacancy that was previously deemed “the best job on the market” by many analysts, was passed on by Detroit’s top candidates and now that they have a head coach in place, the majority of their coaching staff is still up in the air. The Lions’ previous offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, has already been removed of his duties and although Gunther Cunningham still remains as the defensive coordinator, his time seems to be limited.
It looks as though Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin is the leading candidate to become Jim Caldwell’s defensive coordinator but nothing is set in stone. Now that Lazor is out of the picture, the leading candidates to become the new offensive coordinator are considered to be Kansas City Chiefs assistant head coach David Culley and Colts quarterback coach Clyde Christensen.
Beginning in 1994, Culley has served as the wide receivers coach for five different NFL franchises. After spending over a decade at that position in Philadelphia, the Eagles also gave him the duties of senior offensive assistant before he was named the Chiefs assistant head coach in 2013.
Christensen was the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11, under Caldwell. When the Colts decided to change head coaches after the 2011 season, Christensen was removed of his duties as the offensive coordinator but remained the organization’s quarterbacks coach. The only other experience he has as an offensive coordinator was in 2001 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The addition of Christensen makes sense considering that he is familiar with Caldwell’s philosophy as a head coach as well as examining the growth of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. On the flip side, how much credit does he deserve as an offensive coordinator when his quarterback was Peyton Manning? When the franchise quarterback missed the entire 2011 season, the team fell to a 2-14 record and both coaches were stripped from their duties.
During his introductory press conference, Caldwell stated that his coaching staff is still coming together and that he had not decided who will call the offensive plays but that he will definitely have some input.
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