The purge within the Miami Dolphins coaching staff continues.
The team announced on Monday morning it had fired its offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor and replaced him with Zac Taylor.
This is not the first change on the coaching staff this season as both head coach Joe Philbin and defensive coordinator Greg Coyle have also been let go by the franchise in 2015. Such a change in personnel is a statement as to how this team is in need of change for the better.
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Miami fell again to the New York Jets this past Sunday. The team lost to the Jets in London earlier this season, which led to the release of Philbin.
Things have not exactly been better under interim head coach Dan Campbell or with Lazor serving as play caller for the ‘Fins.
As Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote of the latest move by management:
“The organization fired Lazor on Monday, cutting bait with the play-caller whose offense ranks 26th in yards (335.9) and 27th in scoring (20.5).”
Those kinds of numbers will be scrutinized over and over again until a change occurs.
Same old routine
The defeat against the Jets was the fourth loss in five games for Miami, who now must deal with the notion that starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill will once again have to adjust to another offensive coordinator.
Their 38-20 loss to the Jets ended any realistic playoff hopes.
This is the third different offensive system in five years Tannehill will have worked with. Those kinds of adjustments can take their toll on a signal caller, especially one who may have regressed instead of progressed this season.
With the changes on the offensive and defensive sides this year and Campbell sitting in the interim role, will management come in and clean house after the season, look for a new front man and two solid coordinators to revamp this team?
The name that continually comes up is New Orleans head coach Sean Payton, who could be on his way out of the Saints organization.
There will be other names to consider as well.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald wrote on Sunday this is a team in trouble that continues to deal with mismanagement and poor play. Even Campbell sees there are issues the team must fix:
“Campbell called it 'anemic right now,' and the description fits because this unit hasn’t put 21 points on a scoreboard since Oct. 25, and that’s one of the reasons the team has lost four of the past five games.”
Campbell won his first two games as coach of the team. Now with Taylor taking over for Lazor, the hope is new blood will inject new life into the offense once again.