It is a VERY scary thought that Mike Sherman’s son-in-law will be calling plays for us.
Zac Taylor was first given an NFL job because Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman were buddies. And now Zac Taylor has been promoted because Bill Lazor got fired.
(And there was pretty much no one else left to give the coordinator job to.)
Over the last few weeks, Dolphins Truth readers have noticed how hard we’ve been on Bill Lazor. His schemes and play calling have been atrocious for quite some time. No Dolphin got better this year. Our schemes were outdated, and our play selection was predictable. Lazor watched Lamar Miller run through the Cowboys early and often, and then–for no reason–he switched to pass plays.
Lazor ran the 4-wide formation 95% of the time with Lamar Miller in the backfield. The other 4% of the time, he used a 5-wide formation. That leaves only 1% of the time when Lazor tried something innovative. Opposing defenses were never fooled because the Dolphins under Lazor were too easy to study. You learn how to defend a 4-wide formation, and you have taken away 90% of the Miami Dolphins. Opponents got it. Lazor didn’t.
As I wrote last night, Lazor deserves to be fired after generating nothing at all against the Jets. Dolphin management must have listened to me.
The firing of Bill Lazor is important for the 2017 Dolphins. It’s all but certain that Dan Campbell will not be back. Sean Peyton is a possibility, but I think he will stay in New Orleans. Coaches with 100% control of a team and with millions and millions of dollars in guaranteed money do not walk away from that often, if ever. Peyton will stay with the Saints.
The other intriguing name is Mike Shula, who has the Panthers scoring left and right. Stephen Ross would be doing himself a favor by keeping young Shula on the radar. That last name alone commands more respect than Philbin-Sherman-Lazor combined. I would love to see Mike come back. His pedigree combined with the Dolphins’ rich history would be a confidence booster.
The other name I love (although no one ever agrees with me) is Brian Billick, former Super Bowl championship coach. The guy knows offense, and he is still my favorite commentator on TV for the way he breaks down plays. He has the smarts, and he’s a fierce competitor.
Whether it’s one of those men or someone completely different, the bottom line is that both Dolphins’ current coordinators are considered temporary stop-gaps, and a new head coach will not be given any orders to keep them. A head coach prefers to choose his own subordinates, but oftentimes, the teams’ executives interfere. This won’t be the case for the Dolphins’ new head coach; he’ll be able to hire whomever he wants and fire any stinky remnants of the current regime.
Now back to why Lazor. When Bill Lazor was first hired, I wrote a column about what he needed to do. The link is here. Take a moment to re-read that, and then we’ll see if Lazor did these things.
A few of the items that I noted were that our offense needed to develop a simple QB sneak. We didn’t. Lazor’s fault. So so so many 3rd-and-one and then 4th-and-ones ended with incomplete passes. Lazor never once called for Tannehill to hurry to the line and run a quick QB sneak. Brady does it 3 or 4 times a week. Tannehill never.
Another item I noted was for Lazor to change Tannehill’s cadence. (remember the “Go” and “Go Go” shouts?) Well, Lazor did get him to mix it up some, but we still didn’t use a hard count as a weapon like we should have.
I also asked Mr. Lazor to develop a killer instinct in Tannehill, and we know that failed. 90 percent of that is is the QB’s own fault, but we never saw the coach get on him. I still feel that Tannehill needs a coach to light a fire under his $96 million ass, so that perhaps Tannehill would light that same fire on his teammates. Lazor inspired no one.
The hurry-up offense? Nonexistent under Lazor, despite repeated promises.
I also asked Lazor to develop pitchout plays to the RBs. Didn’t happen. Did you see Denver’s two long TD runs last night? BOTH were on pitchouts. The pitchout is the perfect weapon against New England. Denver proved it, quite easily too. If only Pete Carroll and Bill Lazor learned it too.