Ideally, Chip Kelly would like to bring his exact same coaching staff back for the 2014 season.
But that might not happen. Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor is in Miami today to interview with the Dolphins for their offensive coordinator opening, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Last month, we wrote about Lazor’s role in developing Nick Foles and their weekly correction sessions on Tuesdays.
The 41-year-old has eight years of NFL coaching experience. He was the Atlanta Falcons’ quality control coach in 2003. He spent 2004 to 2007 with the Washington Redskins, splitting time as an offensive assistant and then the quarterbacks coach. In 2008 and 2009, Lazor coached the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterbacks. And he spent three seasons as Virginia’s quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator before joining Kelly’s staff last offseason.
Asked earlier this week about how he would handle other teams looking to hire his assistants, Kelly said: “Everything is done on an individual basis, and I’ll talk to those guys. But we haven’t had any requests put in for them yet. But when they do come in, I’d sit down and visit with them and what do they want to do and how to they want to go about it.”
Kelly was also asked about how he was able to maintain staff continuity at Oregon.
“We had a lot of fun working together, and it was part of the difficult thing for me leaving was them,” he said. “Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener, and I think we had a bunch of guys – it’s a unique situation at that school. A lot of guys that were there when I got there, too. And when I was named the head coach, I was the youngest guy on staff and I think in the least amount of time there.
“There’s been guys that have been there for a long, long time, and that’s a rarity, whether it’s in the professional or the college ranks. I think we had an environment that we were excited about going to work every day, and I feel like we have that here. But I’m never going to stand in the way of someone bettering themselves.”
The Dolphins fired Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator earlier this week. Miami had the 18th-ranked offense in the league, per Football Outsiders and scored just seven points in its final two games, failing to make the playoffs.