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Report: Bill Lazor headed to Detroit with Jim Caldwell

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Jim Caldwell’s apparently wasting no time assembling a staff in Detroit.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Eagles quarterback coach Bill Lazor is lined up to be Caldwell’s offensive coordinator.

Lazor had previously interviewed with the Dolphins, and given the success of the Eagles offense and the development of quarterback Nick Foles, interest is natural.

The 41-year-old Lazor has also worked for the Falcons, Redskins and Seahawks, but was offensive coordinator at Virginia when Chip Kelly plucked him away for his first Eagles staff.

He’ll have a talented cast to work with in Detroit, walking into a situation with an established quarterback and perhaps the best receiver in the game, in Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

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26 Responses to “Report: Bill Lazor headed to Detroit with Jim Caldwell”
  1. dtownsportslions says: Jan 14, 2014 5:39 PM

    Now this I can dig. Did wonders with Foles, let’s see what he can do with Stafford.

  2. fxg0201 says: Jan 14, 2014 5:41 PM

    Donovan Mcnabb rolling in his grace right now, but dont worry Vick to také over as QB coach.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 14, 2014 5:41 PM

    Wow what a great job for Bill Lazor to land. Ok new coaches just don’t tamper with any of your former players!

  4. gokupantera101 says: Jan 14, 2014 5:47 PM

    Yes I agree, I was not for this pick at first but I am warming up to it more and more. First off he wanted to be here and work with this group of guys. Plus he seems to be bringing a darn good hungry young staff. Dungy, Polian, and Manning all say he is the right guy. I am optimistic.

  5. bennyb82 says: Jan 14, 2014 5:50 PM

    If a head coach makes all the right personnel moves, it probably makes gameday a lot easier to manage. How can a team expect to execute plays when mechanics are 50/50. I like this hire. Stafford needs to become a little more Flacco and a lot less Favre.

  6. dolphins4 says: Jan 14, 2014 5:58 PM

    Who in there right mind would want to leave a really good up and coming team and a great coach to coach in Detroit?

  7. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 14, 2014 6:01 PM

    Would Dr. Evil refer to him as Bill “Lazor”?

  8. elliottcovert says: Jan 14, 2014 6:03 PM

    It’s also important to remember that Detroit’s secondary has major issues as well. The NFL isn’t just about passing the ball, it’s about shutting down the opposing passer as well.

    In fact, the year after Caldwell was fired in Indy, the biggest improvement wasn’t in the Colts passer rating (Painter and Collins put up a combined 70.4 rating vs. Luck’s 74 in 2012), but in their pass defense under Pagano, which reduced their opponent’s combined passer rating by almost 14 points from 2011 to 2012.

  9. boogymanoflamancha says: Jan 14, 2014 6:04 PM

    Chips staff starting to getting raided after year 1

  10. realfootballfan says: Jan 14, 2014 6:07 PM

    Now, that’s a great hire for the Lions. Maybe this won’t be so bad for them after all.

  11. dalcow4 says: Jan 14, 2014 6:08 PM

    Guessing the Lions fans will end up loving Caldwell.

  12. paulz624 says: Jan 14, 2014 6:34 PM

    If Lazor can do half of what he did for Foles for Stafford, Staffird will break all the records Manning set this year.

  13. purpleguy says: Jan 14, 2014 6:44 PM

    That may help make up for the head coach.

  14. rockbottom37 says: Jan 14, 2014 6:49 PM

    Nice move. Maybe Caldwell really does know what he is doing!

  15. jredshoes says: Jan 14, 2014 7:00 PM

    Good idea. Hire the coach today and his replacement 2 years from now at the same time

  16. rockbottom37 says: Jan 14, 2014 7:01 PM

    Ron Prince is coming as an offensive assistant!

  17. bandzz says: Jan 14, 2014 7:19 PM

    Wow all these people who were hating on the Caldwell hire as a head coach who has been a successful head coach and a gr8 QB coach (he had some struggles with play calling this year which was more Juan Castillos fault for destroying our offensive line), are all of a sudden praising the hire…why? Because a one year QB coach of the eagles was hired?? It didn’t matter that Caldwell took his team to the Super Bowl as a head coach and then last year as QB. Coach and O Coordinator, but throw in a 1 year QB coach from the eagles and this makes it a good hire smh. Give. Caldwell his props for who he is, not who he hired,

  18. realfootballfan says: Jan 14, 2014 8:03 PM

    Right now, Caldwell’s killing Whisenhunt in the staff assembly department. Lazor has been a secret rising star in the coaching ranks, and hiring one of the Baltimore defensive guys to run that side of the ball instead of another cover 2 flunky might show he’s grown a bit. Saying he rode Peyton Manning isn’t anymore ridiculous than saying Whisenhunt rode Warner to his, and Peyton’s only been there twice, so it’s not like he’s not had a reputation for playoff failings of his own. We all know some guys who take over a successful program (Richie Petitbon, Ray Handley, etc) can’t do that.

  19. rockbottom37 says: Jan 14, 2014 8:27 PM

    Rich cotite to Vikings

  20. hor2012 says: Jan 14, 2014 8:33 PM

    I was starting to wonder if everyone was down on the Caldwell hiring because he was black. Now, I’m not sure.

  21. kahunanc says: Jan 14, 2014 10:25 PM

    Who is Chip Kelley ? What has he won ? Offensive statistics bowl ?

  22. stikolaboloni says: Jan 14, 2014 10:27 PM

    It was well documented Foles put in more work than anyone else in the Eagles facility. I think it could be a great hire for Stafford but the question comes down to does he want to be coached?

  23. phinagain says: Jan 15, 2014 1:34 AM

    way to let that opportunity pass you by, dolphins. also just saw we couldn’t secure mcadoo, either. why don’t they just see if Dan Henning will come back again?

  24. lionsmark09 says: Jan 15, 2014 6:59 AM

    Jeremy Maclin to DET? Pretty please!!

  25. officialgame says: Jan 15, 2014 8:16 AM

    Lazor is a great coach and hate to see him leave but good luck Bill!

  26. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 15, 2014 10:10 AM

    kahunanc says:
    Jan 14, 2014 10:25 PM
    Who is Chip Kelley ? What has he won ? Offensive statistics bowl ?

    Well, you probably can’t remember back all the way to when the eagles displaced the first place (at the time) Lions by smacking their a**es in the snow about 4-5 weeks ago?

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