Dolphins coach Joe Philbin fired his old friend Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator this offseason and brought in Bill Lazor to run the offense. So far, Philbin isn’t thrilled with what he’s seen.
The Dolphins’ first-string offense was on the field for five drives in last week’s preseason game against the Cowboys, and Miami managed just one field goal to go along with two punts, a fumble and an interception. Philbin acknowledged that isn’t good enough.
“Our offensive first group has to score more points,” Philbin said, via the Miami Herald.
A big part of Lazor’s job was supposed to be getting the Dolphins’ offense moving faster, just as the Eagles’ offense moved fast last year when Lazor was the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. But Philbin said he has had to talk to Lazor about picking up the pace. Philbin said he and Lazor “talked on the sidelines a couple times that we thought we could have been pushing the pace a little faster. . . . It’s something that has to get a little quicker.”
The Dolphins need this to be the year that quarterback Ryan Tannehill takes a big step forward. If Lazor can’t make that happen, he and Philbin may both be replaced next year.