Lazor And Shanahan Interview For Vacant OC Job

Posted Jan 10, 2014

Two candidates are the first to visit with the Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin has dove right into finding his new offensive coordinator by interviewing the first two candidates today – Bill Lazor and Kyle Shanahan.

Mike Sherman, who held the spot for the past two seasons, was relieved his duties on Monday and now the Dolphins are hoping to fill the vacancy and further improve the offense that will be run by quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Whomever his hired will have some intriguing pieces to work with like wide receivers Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Rishard Matthews and tight end Charles Clay.

Lazor and Shanahan both come with impressive resumes and both are most recently from the NFC East. Lazor joined the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff as Chip Kelly’s quarterbacks coach in what was Kelly’s first season at the helm and developed Nick Foles into the NFL’s top-rated quarterback. It marked his return to the league after spending 2010-12 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Virginia, as prior to that he held offensive coaching positions with the Seattle Seahawks (2008-09), Washington Redskins (2004-07) and Atlanta Falcons (2003).

Meanwhile, Shanahan is of course the son of former Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders head coach Mike Shanahan. He was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010-13 and worked with then-rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012 in helping the Redskins win the NFC East and reach the playoffs. Prior to joining his father in Washington, Shanahan was the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator from 2008-09, their quarterbacks coach in 2007 and their wide receivers coach in 2006. The 34-year-old got his start in the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 as Jon Gruden’s offensive quality control assistant coach and kept that position in 2005.

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