Report: UVA’s Bill Lazor Joining Kelly’s Staff

Another day, another coach reportedly added to Chip Kelly’s staff.

Virgina offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor will join the Eagles, according to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.

The report does not specify what Lazor’s role will be with the Eagles, and the team is not confirming any hires until the entire staff is in place.

A reasonable guess would be that Lazor fills the void at quarterbacks coach. Pat Shurmur is expected to take over as offensive coordinator. Duce Staley will coach running backs and Ted Williams will direct tight ends. According to reportsBob Bicknell will also join Kelly’s staff, although his role is unclear. Bicknell has experience coaching tight ends, wide receivers and the offensive line.

Update: Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lazor will indeed take over as QBs coach.

Lazor, 40, spent three seasons at UVA and has seven years of NFL experience. He served as the quarterbacks coach of the Seahawks in 2008 and 2009 – first working under Mike Holmgren and then Jim L. Mora. In 2006 and 2007, Lazor was the Redskins’ quarterbacks coach under Joe Gibbs. He also served two years as an offensive assistant with Washington in 2004 and 2005.

In Seattle, Lazor worked with Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace. In Washington, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell and Todd Collins.

Lazor’s first NFL job was with Dan Reeves and the Falcons as offensive quality control coach in 2003. He spent two seasons (2001 and 2002) as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at University of Buffalo. And Lazor was on Cornell’s coaching staff from 1994 to 2000.

In November, Lazor interviewed for Georgia State’s head-coaching job, according to reports. Last year, there were rumors that he was close to joining Greg Schiano’s staff in Tampa Bay.

According to David Teel of the Daily Press, Lazor ran a pro-style offense at Virginia and was an “imaginative” play-caller.

In 1991, Kelly coached Columbia’s outside linebackers and strong safeties, while Lazor was in his third year as Cornell’s quarterback. According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Lazor and Penn State’s Bill O’Brien are friends. O’Brien and Kelly have a connection also.

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  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    Too much college. WAY too much college.

    • stephenstempo

      Agreed, if only Lazor had ANY NFL experience.

    • The Guru

      He has 7 years of NFL experience. It’s called reading.

      • BrickSquadMonopoly

        WAY too much college. You sound smarter when you dickride though

        • Damien

          He was a college coach for 3 years and an NFL coach for 7… Are you an idiot or just not willing to accept that we hired someone? What’s your issue bro? Some people are just straight up dumb…

          • BrickSquadMonopoly

            How am I not willing to accept it lol. Im entitled to an opinion. Ur right about some people just being dumbasses though

    • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

      Much rather this than those burned out retreads. Bring in someone hungry with something to prove. This team needs a little fire in its belly, its been lacking for years.

  • swampscrapper

    yeah no NFL experience as a coach just like that underachiever Jim Harbaugh.

  • Graham

    Looks like a good hire, good stuff……….
    WHO’S THE DC?????

    • Damien

      Probably SF or BAL if they aren’t hired already.

  • PaoliBulldog

    The Ivy League rocks on!

  • morgan c

    Hmmm… so I was anti-Chip Kelly at first, then came around when he got hired, and generally support the move. But all this hiring of college coaches with little to no NFL experience, and not hiring a DC first (see: cart before horse, ala Reid, Andy two years ago…) is really starting to trouble me.

    Not good. Just hire Rob Ryan and stop outsmarting yourself.

    • xlGmanlx

      Rob Ryan? Is that you Matt jacobs?

    • TRock

      Everyone needs to just relax. Chip has a plan for up tempo coaching and play. He is NOT just hiring coaches with ONLY college experience but several from college who already have a number of years of NFL experience. Just see how it all plays out and remember…they are all fresh faces in Philly where we got sick of looking at the Andy’s, Marty’s and others. Give it a chance and just be excited for something different as the last 2 years have been dreadful football and hard to watch. I could chose to criticize all the moves but I have made a choice that I am tired of worrying and bitching about my team and I need to get excited about my team again. Since we haven’t won anything yet (and I’m not drinking the cool-aid that we will be in the Superbowl next year) I am tempering my excitement but excited never the less. I want to enjoy football again. Enough with the soap opera.