It’s Official: Lazor Hired By Dolphins

Bill Lazor is moving on to become the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator.

“I am excited to be joining the Miami Dolphins,” said Lazor. “I look forward to working with Coach Philbin and his staff. I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Chip Kelly, and the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization for the great opportunity they gave me over this past year. I am eager to get to Miami to help build the 2014 Dolphins.”

The 41-year-old drew interest from multiple teams after a successful first year as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach. He interviewed in Miami last week and was in consideration for the Lions’ offensive coordinator job as well, per ESPN.




Lazor  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.

Under the direction of Kelly, Pat Shurmur and Lazor, Foles posted a 29 TD/2 INT season (playoffs included) and led the NFL in yards per attempt (9.12) and passer rating (119.2).

“Bill is an accomplished coach and will be a great addition to our coaching staff,” said head coach Joe Philbin.  “Bill has been instrumental in helping players reach their full potential, as players and people, at both the college and professional level.  He also has a proven track record of success working with a wide variety of offenses.  I want to welcome Bill and his family to the Dolphins family.”

 Sheil Kapadia contributed to this report.

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  • G_WallyHunter

    Boooo!! Boooooo!!!
    Good for him, sucks for us, will be an ultimate test to see if he can fix that disaster of an offense down in miami, great project.

    • CJ

      Great move for him, I don’t think he can lose. If he turns that offense around in just a year or two, he’s immediately a viable head coaching candidate. If he can’t, and Foles continues his success, he’s still been successful once and shouldn’t have any problem getting a QB coach job elsewhere…could just as soon put his lack of success on the dysfunction of the organization down there. If Foles struggles, they’ll find a place for him back here to straighten him out. Detroit would have been a different story.

      • GEAGLE

        Assuming Phylbin just let’s him run whatever he wants..

  • Joe from Easton

    I wonder if Chip keeps certain things secret even from his assistant coaches to protect his system.

    • G_WallyHunter

      I think he would, he’s smart enough to take precautions for that, we can all see that. I’m guessing he keeps as many secrets from positional coaches as he can. Any information that isn’t relevant to their work and that is somewhat “secret”, I bet he does what he can to keep it between only a few people.

      For instance, I doubt any positional coaches really have that much info on the sports science and stuff, they’re too busy working on their positions, and I would think Chip does everything he can to keep that SS info between those 3 members (2 assistants) of the SS coordination..

      Sure, Lazor has some info on how the offense works, can he take some of it and use it in Miami? Sure. Will everyone buy in and will it work? Wait and see..

      • Maggie

        Lazor is going to Miami. As dysfunctional as that franchise is right now, I wonder if there is any communication at all? You’re right asking “will everyone buy in”. Wish him well as he tries to advance his career, but Miami?

        • G_WallyHunter

          Great project, maybe turning it around is what really motivates him, and it he thinks he can do it, then why not. Will be interesting

    • Fox Mulder

      I want to believe that is the case.

    • JofreyRice

      I don’t know, I’m not too worried. It seems to me that Chip’s success isn’t just about a secret-squirrel “system”. In fact, if you believe what you read, he does a lot of the same things everyone else is doing–just gets to them in maybe a slightly modified way.

      If the key to Kelly were just the system, I’d be worried, because whether or not someone divulges the details,every system will be figured out, eventually. I think Chip’s strength is exactly what they advertised it as: holistic program building, leadership, high football IQ,creativity, and adaptability. At the risk of sounding like a Chipbot, I think the most valuable thing Lazor is walking out of the building with is the mentorship referenced in the tweet.

      • cliff henny

        100% agree. only thing i’d add, communication, ties in with leadership.

        • JofreyRice

          Totally. The ability to communicate is a must for any good leader.

          Obviously, he’s got a personality, but he also seems to be able to reach people with logic. From what’s been written here, and in other places, it seems reason governs his action. He doesn’t make many moves without careful consideration. So when it comes to explaining his choices, whatever internal dialog he’s had helps him explain it to players.

          He’s like a human version of Belichick!

        • GEAGLE

          I worry about Lazor knowing how we communicate, which Brent Celek thinks is a major advantage that will revolutionize the league

    • macadood

      I imagine there is a bro-code of sorts at play, where people have the utmost respect for Chip and don’t want to let him down or piss him off and keep their lips sealed.

      That said Lazor seems like a cool guy and understands football/offense/QB well, and has enough talent to bring to the table regardless of Chip.

  • theycallmerob

    hahaha, you’re safe Stafford, no need to worry about someone coming to fix your mechanics.
    as you were, good sir

    • cliff henny

      can you believe Stafford is sitting in all the coaching candidate’s meetings? i’d walk in, see him, laugh, and turn right around.

      • theycallmerob

        I bet Lazor made him cry with his {…..}-like gaze.
        oh, the puns this site puts us through

        • cliff henny

          probably didnt get past first question he asked stafford…’are you willing to take hard constructive criticism coaching about decsion making and macnanics’…stafford ‘no’…lazor, ‘well, enjoy 8 and 8 fellows’

      • JofreyRice

        it’s crazy. Also weird how it’s not a “coddling” issue like it is with RG3, for a lot of people.

        • cliff henny

          i really hate Stafford, not the person, but his play, the money lions pay him, fact that he gets minimum 9 dome games (i hate all dome teams) and somehow gets credit when C. Johnson is a f’n freak. only good part is, i know lions will never compete for nfcchamp game with him, his money creates too many holes that his crappy play cant cover.

          • theycallmerob

            Plus, I have absolutely no faith in Jim Caldwell as HC. they’ll soon be the LOLions (maybe they already are?)

          • cliff henny

            p. manning…genius. not p manning, short list of all-time worst. last i checked, stafford cant even sit at the kiddie table in peytons house

          • theycallmerob
          • Chris

            This is also so much fun to tab through. The one of Stafford is GLORIOUS

            http://www.mandatory.com/2013/12/05/todays-nfl-quarterbacks-if-they-were-bald/1

          • NickS1

            That’s great. Rivers almost looks like Champ Kind

          • Rick H

            You are on a roll today!!! That is funny…. I laughed out loud..

          • GEAGLE

            Anyone was an upgrade to schwartz

          • JofreyRice

            I think a little more highly of him as a QB than you do. The guy can really sling it. But that’s not all there is to being a QB, and he’s not showing the discipline or maturity to take that next step.

          • cliff henny

            he can play. lot of me not liking him, outside of not fixing machanics or decision making, isnt of his own doing. if someone handed me a contract for 18m, i’d sign it first, read it 2nd, hoping they left me with enough kidneys and liver to enjoy life. it’s the talking heads how they build him up, but never seem to take into account, domes, CJ, turf, throwing it 50 times a game. he’s the Carmelo of the NFL, good enough to beat the lesser talent, but when he runs into guys making same as him, it’s fairly obvious he’s not worth it

          • NickS1

            great analogy

          • EagleDuck

            Melo comparison is spot on.

    • Ark87

      I’m out of the loop, I’ve seen reference to this several times, what happened?

      • bentheimmigrant

        http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/28/stafford-doesnt-think-he-needs-a-quarterback-tutor/
        It’s been somewhat overblown, as he was specifically talking about hiring a guy during the offseason. But if does kinda sound uncoachable.

        • theycallmerob

          yea, but does make me lol a little

        • Ark87

          Ah, now I remember. Sounds just like McNabb when he went to Washington. That’s a huge pet peeve of mine. Drop the ego, be willing to do anything possible to improve yourself, that is literally the only thing you can do to improve the team. The alternative is do nothing and hope everyone else gets better.

          • cliff henny

            or hand back about half you salary, so they can put better players around you and hide some of the flaws.

          • Ark87

            I always wonder who the first superstar QB will be who is out for glory, work for vet minimum. Build me a team, I’ll bring us a dynasty and immortality. live off the sponsors and lifelong royalties. But if Payton Manning doesn’t do it, the guy who loves training camp and football in general about as much as anyone I’ve ever seen, and all the money he’ll ever need, nobody will.

            But you make a good point, that is another way a player can improve the team.

          • GEAGLE

            Brady tried to do it, he tried to take less money, and then the pats just screwed him and didn’t pay Welker which is practically why Tom took less money…of course bellicek ends up smelling like rOses because Edelman is playing better then Wes! but they got lucky because Amendola, not Edelman was expected to replace Welker

    • Will

      No wonder he went to Miami …..

  • PaoliBulldog

    Good for him. Too bad he’s working for one of the most hapless owners in the game.

  • theycallmerob
    • cliff henny

      this is great news. i trust Chippah finding a new braintrust more than i do Howie

    • Andy

      Best news I’ve heard all day.

    • Chris

      Thanks for the update! great news.

    • GEAGLE

      My Man!!! Thank you sir

    • Will

      Thank you Rob Thank you was sweating that one…

  • cliff henny

    anyone watching ESPN, Kiper’s first mock was at top of hour? know it’s beyond total BS, but curious.

    • bentheimmigrant

      The one at the top of nfl.com has us taking CB Dennard… thing is, he has Haha going at 21… I think I would cry if that happened.

      • GEAGLE

        Isnt,Dennard like 5’9?

        If we take any CB that high I would expect it to be Justin Gilbert because he is Big like Brad Fletch 6’1 200lbs

        • Stuart Philp

          Listed at 5’11” 197lbs

    • JofreyRice

      haha, just saw the twitter reaction to it. Your boy Manziel at #1 overall. Dunno ’bout dat!

      • cliff henny

        not my boy anymore…about week 12 or 13, after foles’ 5th staright 125 QR game, Maniel became a streetballer in my eyes. bowl game really turned me off, when times got tough, he reverted to old bad habits. about non of those plays in comeback translate to nfl.
        .
        who’d he have eagles taking…sure a corner, the absolute last thing i want

        • JofreyRice

          dunno, just saw a screen grab on twitter, which had his top 10. Didn’t see the whole thing.

          • GEAGLE

            Kiper has him number 1 overall…I can’t see Bill Obrien doing that

          • Andy124

            BO’B’s all about the classic pocket QB.

    • theycallmerob

      nothing on the eagle’s pick, but here’s the top 10 (also saw he had HaHa going to the cowboys)

  • mtn_green

    Anyone think Lazor will run See Coast offense. I know the coach makes the offense but I’m interested to see if one year if chip Kelly rubs off.

    • cliff henny

      OC cant just decide to run it. it takes committment from the owner all the way thru organization. think lurie deserves alot of credit for a, hiring kelly but also b, for spending the money necessary to make it work.

    • Andy124

      +1 for spelling it right.

  • JofreyRice

    If anyone’s interested, here’s a good article on metrics of the “top 4″ WR’s in the draft: Watkins, Evans, Benjamin and Marquise Lee.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/46006/349/peshek-top-4-wr-metrics

    Pretty, cool, it breaks it down that Watkins caught 57% of his passes as screens. Also has drop rates. I got the link from Josh Norris, on twitter, who’s a good draftnik dude to follow.

    • cliff henny

      was liking Lee till the drop rate. wr’s who cant catch drive me nuts. cant fault evans for all those comebacks, manziel likes to run around. just stared at that YAC of his too. really hope Evans falls to 22
      .
      nice article

      • GEAGLE

        Another player that I don’t know what to think of…so much talent at the position in this draft, that I would try to stay away from ones with recent injuries…I’m always skeptical of USC guys to begin with

        I keep seeing Sammy mocked #5 to the raiders. you watched Clemsons offense more then I did, could he really go THAT HIGH?..
        ..
        IMO you need to be a GUARENTEED GAME CHANGER to get drafted in the top 5 at a position other then QB,OT,DE/OLB

        • cliff henny

          sammy isnt that good. nuke hopkins was better and he was end of 1st. SW has lost a step, is deathly afraid of contact, beyond maclin, and gets hurts very easily. i wouldnt want him till after both lsu guys.
          .
          cbs draft came out, both guys have evans 15 to ravens, 1 has beasley and other has crichton to eagles

          • Tom W

            Kiper has birds w Benjamin and evans in teens.

          • cliff henny

            i can certainly live with KB. just need a guy or 2 that can crush single saftey m2m, he fits that bill. covered, at 6-5 235, he’s open.

          • GEAGLE

            Certainly fits my draft special talent that is hard to find outside of round 1, who if developed properly costs like 60 million in FA…wonder just how fast he is. the kid is raw as it gets, so his interview,Charecter and work ethic will be crucial if he wants to get drafted by the eagles….he can have all the talent in the world and we could have the best player development coaches, but if his Charecter and work ethic isn’t elite, a raw kid won’t reach his potential..

            This isn’t to suggest that is a concern with Kelvin! because I don’t know much about who the kid is…one intangible that I do see in him is he seems to have that “clutch” gene. He was making huge important catches all year way before the championship game….one phrase you hear a lot with our new coaches is “Catch Radius”, and guys like Evans and Benjamin’s catch radius is up there with Megatron,Vjax, Alshon, so I’m sure they would apeal to us, as long as the Charecter and personality are up to par..
            ..
            Collin Cowherd just called Sammy a breakout superstar??Kiper just keeps swinging from.mAnziels Jock, calling him the next tarkenton

          • cliff henny

            listed at 4.59 40. at 235lbs, that’s a’movin! SW also loves the herbs.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah but how does anyone know how fast he is until the combine?

          • cliff henny

            says so on the internet.

          • GEAGLE

            Is there anywhere these sites can get somewhat an idea about the speed before the combine? Even if there is, these are young athletes who are still growing..knowing how fast they ran last year could mean nothing by the combine. Speed can be inceasesd

          • Stuart Philp

            I’m seeing everything from 4.44 to 4.65. Not quite Megatron speed, but still good for a guy his size.

          • Andy124

            Bonjour.

          • Andy124

            So, he’s slower than Cooper…

          • Stuart Philp

            I would love to see Benjamin in midnight green. The one thing I really like about him is he makes the play. He might not be as flashy as some of the other top guys, but he consistently executes.

          • GEAGLE

            Natural playmaker for sure, clutch…if that kid can develop into a really good route runner in 4 years, there is no limit to his potential….and in an offense that runs the ball 50% of the he time being able to throw two Big Boys Ike Coop and Benjamin out there and DBs will get punished

            I’m hoping he doesn’t run SO fast at the combine that he shoots up the board…..
            ..
            Another WR that isn’t talked about enough is the Underclassmen from Fresno state davante Adams…kid can ball

          • Tom W

            Love davante … some same he really help Carr this year more than the other way around … Wonder if he could fall to us in the second round or the big kid from Vandy ….

          • GEAGLE

            Think both Benjamin and davante helped their QBs more

          • Will

            KB 40 4.45 will that shoot’em up the draft board…? Same as Riley Cooper speed…more like 4.59 speed….

          • NickS1

            Of course you could live with Benjamin. We need a Benjamin. That’s our dude with dreads. Get a Somoan in here and we. are. GOLDEN.

          • theycallmerob

            you think we go dreads first rd? I mean, sure the talent is there, but they can’t seem to stay on the field; fragile as glass. inconsistent effort.

          • NickS1

            I think the necessary quality coaching staff is in place to get the effort as well as minimizing at least the soft tissue injuries.

          • GEAGLE

            Dreads and Samoans..now we are talking

          • GEAGLE

            Thank you sir..Maclin-ish was always the impression I got too.

            Do you know how often CBS updates it’s mocks? Like Walterfootball does it every weds morning! Does CBS update it more then once a month?

          • cliff henny

            updated1/14. they still have att-guy as late 3rd. they dont move guys around a ton.

          • GEAGLE

            Ooh forgot to see where senile Walter had him going
            ..
            Walter didn’t have us taking anyone from LSU. I have to KNOW how that hack knew we were drafting Benny Logan? He didn’t just Mock Logan to us, he 100% knew we wanted him in round 3, which leads me to believe he knows someone from LSU or the Eagles…stylistically,you don’t see the eagles transitioning out of a 4-3 and think, he Benny Logan would be a great pic for the Eagles…I need to know how he knew, that dude sucks otherwise…his eagle or LSU perceived connection is the only reason I can’t help myself from checking him out

    • GEAGLE

      Ooooh thanks! Juicy read

  • addicted2mula

    SHADY THE NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    • anon

      who else would it be?

      • Andy124

        Nick Foles. ;)

        • anon

          Though it is great to say that two of the best O guys in the conference hands down are on our team. None of our D guys except boykin is even in the conversation but oh well.

  • GEAGLE

    Anyone know if Ryan Clark is headed for FA. And his age?

    • G_WallyHunter

      I heard he is ya,heard Pitt is letting him and Woodley walk. Maybe not Woodley but another vet LB forget his name

      • cliff henny

        worlds

    • Ark87

      Don’t forget the anemia(or whatever condition he has), couldn’t play in altitude in that playoff loss to Tebow. I wonder how his endurance would hold up playing as many snaps as we do. Not that we will ever play in altitude in a playoff or superbowl. Just makes me hesitant.

      • GEAGLE

        Funny I had already tried to factor in his condition, checking our road schedule next year…but I didn’t even consider the defensive snap counts…good point..

        But if we are signing a safety AND drafting one, Ryan Clark is really a high Charecter leader who would really help Wolff and the draft pick..

        Right now, we only have two safeties under contract, so we need to add 3 more. If we know how to properly evaluate talent now, after the recent improvements that Howie has shown, Chips Imput and the experience Gamble brought to the table, then going forward We shouldn’t add too many players who are just taking up roster space and can’t be called upon like Colt and Kurt, who were complete defensive liabilities….So if we sign Clark and sign another safety who isn’t a complete Liability(but lesser quality then Ryan), and the kid we draft isn’t a bust, and develops nicely as the season progresses, it could work with Ryan….but if we are going to have Colt and Kurt who you can’t even use to spell a guy for a few defensive snaps then he wouldn’t work:
        Something like
        Ryan Clarke
        Earl Wolff
        Clark is good enough to where you can afford to wait after round two for a safety, so take a guy like Louisville hakim Smith in rounds 3-5 range
        Chung (he gets replaced next year)
        And sign a low priced Bradley Fletcher type quality safety or, if you wait til round 5 for another 6’0 200lb Earl Wolff type safety, you can afford to spend your 2nd on Hineybadger type Joyner because he could see snaps with Wolff and Clark both on the field…
        ….
        But if it’s going to be just Clark, Wolff and 3’chung types who we can’t ever put in a game, then Ryan wouldn’t work…
        ,,,,
        But a guy like him is like the Jason Avant of safeties! but with way more talent then Avant..if we are going young at the position, Clark helps us win NOW, and develop our young safeties

        • anon

          What kind of K would you sine a 33yo safety to especially since it looks like he started falling off the cliff this year.

          • GEAGLE

            It depends what we are doing in the draft…IMO, there are ONLY 3 safeties that keep us from drafting a safety in the first 3 rounds, Byrd,Ward,Whitner….I think any other safety we sign, we will do so hoping to draft a safety that can take over for him soon, in other words “stop gap” veteran…

            If we are 100% against signing any star FA and only drafting and developing our stars…then it’s easier and Cheaper to sign a veteran like Clark and ask him to help groom a safety to take over for him, then it would be to pay more money for a Clemons type of younger player and start giving the rookie more and more of his snaps as we go forward…
            ….
            If we are just building this team thru the draft, and the guys we sign will just be stop gap placeholders, I think you can get a decent year out of Clark, and probably get him on a contract that’s easier to get out of in a year or two, then it would to.get out of a contract that it takes to bring in a Clemons type..

            If the plan is to draft Wolffs eventual partner this year, in the top 3 rounds, then Clarke shoots at the top of my wish list….
            ..
            Where as, guys like bYrd and Ward would be expected to start for 3 years so you either take a hybrid CB/S like Joyner early, or you wait til the 5th to take another Wolff type

          • anon

            I don’t generally disagree with the tactic, I REALLY wanted James Harrison last year, but i don’t think Clark is great. While safeties last a little longer than CBs b/c they don’t need as much speed & Clark is good and plays in the right system, he’s 33 in a position where speed matters. I think we take him and watch him fall off a cliff at $5yr while still relying on Nate / Wolff / Rookie.

            I don’t see Clark coming here for nothing – feel like guys rarely do that unless they’re giving the hometown discount.

          • GEAGLE

            34 is rough….31yrs old could buy it…but no way should we ever add 34year olds

        • Ark87

          He definitely has the intangibles in spades. Don’t forget, Davis worships Lebeau, Ryan could offer a lot to this team with his experience in that system. If the price is right (willingness to play special teams could be a factor as well) it could be a nice pick up.

        • Will

          Ryan Clark of Pittsburg? he’s 34…???

    • Tom W

      Old. 33-34 I think Yes.

      Chris Clemons has had two good years in a row in miami. solid at everything, not great at anything. very consistent. In right spot all the time. but not a great ballhawk

      Other guy I am wondering about is Mark Mitchell … you’ll remember he was the second round pick of Al Davis 4 years ago … big hws speed. Well Panthers signed him and he had a very good year and showed that athletic ability w playing making ability all over the field.

      Both guys are in Howie’s wheelhouse 27-28 yrs old. Nate falls in there too. Stevie Brown is 26 coming off of acl and 8ints in 2012.

      • anon

        like Stevie he wants to stay in NY.

      • GEAGLE

        At that point I would rather just keep Nate and let him build off this season. Clemons strikes me as change for the sake of change. But people seem to think he would be an upgrade, so maybe he is a target…I just don’t know that I want Clemons starting for 3 years.
        ..
        Personally, I needed the safety we add to be the most talented player in our secondary??when I write about not needing to replace Cary and Brad for a few years, I do so with the assumption that we were getting a significant upgrade in safety and pass rush…

        I’m ok with investing in guys like Byrd or Ward because I know you have to hit a serious Homerun in the draft to get a player like that..We should be able to draft and develop Nate, Clemons and non elite guys like that…

        I understand why teams would let Byrd, Ward walk, because it could cripple their cap. Clemons is affordable, so if he was so good, I don’t understand why Miami would let him walk.
        ..
        Talking to Friends from Miami, and visiting Miami internet blogs, a lot of Dolphin fans seem to view him as their Nate Allen…we are horrible at safety, so ultimately Clemons most likely is an upgrade, I just don’t know that he will be enough of an upgrade considering how much you have to pay him. I would assume he commands much more then Chung did…if we would have to give him 4-5per year to get him here, then I’d rather pony up an extra 2mil per year to have Ward and Byrd who we can count on to be an ELITE solution to a problem that has been killing us for too long..if Clemons ends up costing only half of what it would cost for the Byrd man, then that would make more sense to me…..but I don’t get the Impression that he will be that cheap

        • Will

          The Knock on Chris Clemons is poor at tackling sometimes…

          • GEAGLE

            Awesome lol….just what I live out of our safeties

      • NickS1

        Well if we’re going to discuss Howie’s Wheelhouse and ACL’s, just show Stevie where to sign.

        • Will

          and Howie ponders why is the safety spot such a White Whale…Gaints cut players with bum Knees….

  • GEAGLE

    Interesting to see that out of the 4 teams left fighting for a Lombardi trophy, there is only one QB left who was selected in round 1:
    1) Peyton. Top pick
    2) Collin Kaperwhack 2nd round pick
    3) Wilson, 3rd round pick
    4) Brady 5th round pick

    The average draft spot of the QBs left competing for the SB is like a 3rd round pick lol……You know who was drafted in round 3 lol….JK JK not trying to spark this debate today

    • OldDocRoss

      Brady was 6th round, but yeah, kinda weird.

      Average draft position of the four remaining was 78th. Foles is provably 10 picks short of being ‘good enough’. Because stats! ;)

      • GEAGLE

        You know what really gives me faith in Nick? The way his team mates view him…like I Genuinly get the impression that they believe he will be GREAT!!! ANY time you saw a highlight of our games that had any defensive player Mic’ed up, you always hear the defenders talk with so much confidence in Nick while they are on the sideline…veteran defenders like Barwin and Meco really really think highly of Nick…
        You hear guys like Barwin on the sideline talking to defenders in critical situations saying things like “watch this, Nick throws a strike to Riley”….even the Olinemen sound to Genuinly believe in Nick…Guys like shady who were all about Vick seem to Genuinly view Nick as a weapon…l don’t know about you guys, but I really got the impression that our players believe they have a special QB, and that’s the most important thing to see

        • Andy124

          Trent was all like, “Oh ma Gawd!”

        • OldDocRoss

          I’m very much in the “awesome season, let’s hope he follows it up well” camp on Foles but I absolutely love the guy’s attitude. When you hear him in games he always sounds relaxed and confident and that has to help how the rest of the guys view him.

          His post game interviews are pretty much word perfect as well. Never sugar coats a mistake if he makes one, always owns up and even tells you what he’ll do different if he faces the same situation again. I’m a huge believer that in any sport the people who make the most of their talent are their own harshest critics because it drives them to keep improving. A sort of “if I do everything right we can’t lose, so if we do lose I obviously need to get better”. It’s arrogance in a way, but precisely the type of arrogance you want.

          I give some of the credit to the coaching staff for that because a few players this year (Kelce immediately springs to mind) have seemed really willing to be up front about what they did/didn’t do well in games and I think that makes for a healthy environment.

          Folks can (and do!) argue all they want about Foles’ ceiling but his attitude is spot on and makes it easier to believe he’ll be around for a good while.

    • Will

      Seattle and 49ers both got stout Defenses….

  • ohitsdom

    Saw the idea floated on twitter that Gamble might try to trade our 1st rounder to Miami for Jordan. Not sure how I feel about it… If you swap Jordan for Cole in the lineup, suddenly you have a lot more options when it comes to schemes & blitzes.

    • anon

      A first?! Probably gets the deal done, but i’d prefer a 2/3. I think Jordan is prt of why old GM got fired, wouldn’t be surprised if new GM wouldn’t mind parting ways. DJ comes home to CK and AZZ, and we hope for a WR in the second. Not terrrrrible.

      • NickS1

        The combo of the DJ pick and Wallace contract is a pretty lethal combo when discussing a GMs job security. That said, I’d give up a 3rd in a heartbeat for DJ. That guy with actual coaching could be a stud. Frees up A LOT of options in the first 2 rounds.

        • GEAGLE

          Throw in Brandon Graham to try and keep from giving up our first rounder! but I’d give up 22 if we had to…he has as much talent as anyone you can ever draft…coach him up

          • Token

            lol this crush wont go away. Gets you all hot and bothered.

        • anon

          Yeah i think GM was desperate, given Tanny’s arm think Wallace was a bad sign. However I think Lazor will improve Tanny and get wallace more involved by moving him around (though he’s not a great route runner).

    • cliff henny

      except for the 16m in dead money Miami would take. oh twitter-world
      http://overthecap.com/cap.php?Name=Dion Jordan&Position=43DE&Team=Dolphins

      • GEAGLE

        What? You eat 16m dead money cutting a top rookie under the new CBA? WTF

        • cliff henny

          sure. dion base for all 4 yrs is like 400k. they loaded all pay into bonuses, chiefs did same(went to school of JJ cap management). that keeps cap number lower early in contract,but it gets higher by end. also jacks dead money up. Lane will be 9.5m dead against, but goes down quickly since eagles will increase base to over 3m by end. howie structures contracts much differently than most. makes the base money much higher. that’s why Eagles at end of contracts have dont run into high dead money figures. by ’16 with lane’s contract, eagles could clear space by cutting him, no one else in top10 can say this. why even the bad contracts, cole-herremann’s, really arent all that terrible. like peters having no dead this year, that’s only because of the way Eagles structure contracts. if eagles arent the best cap managers, got to be in top 3. maybe that’s the gold standard lurie talks about.

          • GEAGLE

            Geez

    • GEAGLE

      Do it In a heartbeat! Jordan is rare talent at a crucial position that is so rare to find. we would be getting Jordan all healed up from his shoulder, after a year of putting on weight and getting some experience? HECK YES!!!!

      I’d give them #22 in a heartbeat, but first I would try and talk them into Brandon Graham and a second or a third, but if the get don’t bite! give up the first rounder. Just by switching to a 3-4, Dion would be more effective, but he was always a guy you draft that was never going to pay dividends the first year, but who I would expect a nice year two leap out of…

      we would be so damn lucky to have Barr fall to us at 22, FAR FROM a LOCK, and Jordan is a better prospect..we would get that size, length, freak athleticism to where QBs don’t know who is coming or dropping into coverage between him and Barwin..Jordan will turn into a top sack guy as soon as he grows into the frame and gets some time in the 3-4….Getting Dion across from Barwin would be such a coup..
      ..
      Lol Barwin shut down Jimmy Graham, and Jordan did a heckuva job on Gronk….DO IT! Do IT!!! Come on mIami, you know he belongs in a 3-4…FREE DION!!!

      • ohitsdom

        I would love trading a lower pick paired with Graham. Dion back to the 3-4, Graham back to the 4-3. Win-win.

        • cliff henny

          Dom, are you being purposely cruel to Johnny Geagle and his hopes/dreams? there’s no way in god’s green earth DJ is getting moved. just in case you are, i’ll upvote you

          • GEAGLE

            Sounds like it

      • cliff henny

        GM first major move is to cut raw previous year rookie and eat 16m dead…for Brandon Graham? be fired faster than billy martin by steinberner.

        • GEAGLE

          Sounds good…works for me… It won’t let me open that link about the cap..

          So if we wanted to cut Lane or trade him it would cost 16mil?
          .,
          Take the money out of the equation…the only reason they would ever do it(they ain’t eating 16mil) is if they were admitting that he doesn’t belong in a 4-3

          • GEAGLE

            Nvmd..saw the post below

          • cliff henny

            no, eagles put more of the pay into salary, so the dead money starts lower and goes down quicker. guess eagles could be more agressive with early picks, but if the were, danny boy would have been 8m dead instead of 2m. low base, huge bonuses is how dallas works, why if a guy or 2 does pan out, teams get cap all messed up quickly. just cant get out from under mistakes as easily. eagles just have to hang on for a yr and move on.

      • Token

        You fell for combine press clippings.

        The guy played less than half the snaps in college.

        He has barely any pass rush game. Zero moves.

        Not sure what position you think he fills or why.

        I admit, the measurables sound amazing. But then you watch the guy play, and it doesnt translate. Hes just not a difference maker.

        Hes got a long way to go if hes gonna be a player.

    • Tom w

      Gamble or Howie? Why would gamble have any power to make a trade? Think the new gm would atleast wait a year but Lombardi got antsy and it worked for browns … I’d prefer our second and graham or cole

    • eagle fan dwn south

      Where did you read that

    • Token

      Jordans value is like a 2nd/3rd rounder max. Hes been a injury prone bust. You dont give up 1st rounders for that. And he doesnt even fit here. Hes not much of a pass rusher.

  • Ascher Levy

    Sheil, what do you think this means for Foles’ continued development ? How much do you think he was responsible for his growth this year?

  • jon h

    Will be interesting to see if Lazor brings the Kelly O to Miami or not. Could be the first sign if Kelly is having an impact on changing the league and how quickly his system is having an impact (although a lot of teams do have elements of his O already.)

    • Mr. Wu

      well I am pretty sure he wont have anything to do with the D….unless they pull a Castillo

  • Will

    Eagles assistant DL coach headed to Oregon. Erik Chinander has been named outside linebackers coach at the University of Oregon. The 34-year-old Iowa native served as assistant defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2013 season following three years as an intern (2010) and graduate assistant (2011-12) for the Ducks under former head coach Chip Kelly. (image courtesy of PhiladelphiaEagles.com) per BGN….http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=209373485