“It's been great. We’re going to put people in positions they don’t want to be on defense, get the ball to our playmakers all over the field.” – Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
“Everybody is excited about the new offense. It’s fast. It’s going to be good. We catch a lot of people off guard. We got a lot of play action, a lot of shots. I feel like I know what’s going on. I feel a little more in control.” – Starting wide receiver Mike Wallace.
“It’s pretty dynamic.” – Starting left tackle Branden Albert.
“[A] major improvement.” – Miami Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross
After finishing last season twentieth in passing and twenty-sixth in running, the Dolphins have implemented a new offense behind new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Lazor is the mastermind behind the surprise 2013 Philadelphia Eagles’ offense which saw third round draft pick, quarterback Nick Foles throw twenty-seven touchdowns and only two interceptions in thirteen games last season. Consider, Foles threw six touchdowns in the 2012 season while turning the ball over ten times (five INT and five fumbles).
Lazor is expected to revitalize the Dolphins’ offense and rescue Tannehill’s talent from Mike Sherman (the Dolphins’ previous offensive coordinator). “We haven’t been super productive on offense; let’s get that out on the table. That’s a fact,” said Head Coach Joe Philbin when asked about last season’s poor offense.
“My voice is (hoarse) because I’m yelling, ‘Tempo!'” Lazor said. “I’m trying to get them out of the huddle faster. They’re going as fast as they can go, and it’s my job to show them they can go faster. It’s my job to take them places maybe they didn’t think they could get to. Every time you do that with a player, his eyes widen and he’s like, ‘I can be better.’ That’s what we’re looking for.
“A wise coach told me once, there’s no bad as long as you learn from it. That’s where we are,” Lazor said.
“Every single day, he comes in with a new play, [and] he’s excited about the play,” said Mike Wallace said. “When he gets excited, we’re automatically going to get excited. It’s fun. It’s a fun offense to play in.”
With all the excitement in the air it’s hard not to get carried away in the hype, but Lazor is staying grounded and focused on the task at hand.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to guide them and direct them, but it’s up to them,” Lazor said. “It’s got to be their team.”