Dolphins fire off. coordinator Lazor
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was fired Monday, and Zac Taylor replaced him as the primary play-caller.
The move by interim coach Dan Campbell came after the Dolphins lost 38-20 to the New York Jets on Sunday. The Dolphins (4-7) were shut out in the first half and have scored less than 21 points in each of their past five games.
Lazor was in his second season with the Dolphins. Taylor is in his fourth year in Miami and will remain the quarterbacks coach.
The Dolphins rank 27th in the NFL in offensive points at 18.5 points per game, down from 22.6 last year. They’re next to last in third-down conversion at 28 percent.
”We’re anemic right now,” Campbell said after Sunday’s game.
Lazor’s play-calling was second-guessed because of his emphasis on the pass. The Dolphins are averaging 4.6 yards per rush, seventh-best, but run the ball less than any other team in the league – only 33 percent of the time.
In addition, Lazor drew criticism for giving Ryan Tannehill little latitude in calling audibles.
Tannehill has regressed in his fourth season. His completion percentage, yards per attempt and interception rate are all worse than a year ago.
The Dolphins’ latest loss dropped them to 0-5 against AFC East teams, and they’re likely to miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.
”It’s hugely disappointing,” Tannehill said following Sunday’s game. ”I came in with such high expectations. I think our team came in with such high expectations, and to see this season go the way it’s been, it’s tough and it hurts. You look in that locker room and the talent we have, the guys that we have, and it hurts. There’s no way we should be sitting where we’re at, but we are, and that’s on our shoulders.”
Along with the play-calling shake-up, Phil McGeoghan was promoted to wide receivers coach. He has been assistant wide receivers coach since 2012.
Taylor is a former Nebraska quarterback and the son-in-law of Mike Sherman, who coincidentally was fired as the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator two years ago and replaced by Lazor.
The Dolphins are 3-4 since Campbell replaced Joe Philbin, who was fired Oct. 5. Miami plays host to Baltimore on Sunday.
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