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Bill Lazor
Offensive Coordinator

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Bill Lazor is in his 12th season as an NFL coach and in his second year as quarterbacks coach of the Bengals. He previously has served as offensive coordinator and/or QBs coach for Washington, Seattle, Philadelphia and Miami.

      Bill Lazor is in his 12th season as an NFL coach and in his second year as quarterbacks coach of the Bengals. He previously has served as offensive coordinator and/or QBs coach for Washington, Seattle, Philadelphia and Miami.

      Last season, Lazor helped guide QB Andy Dalton to what head coach Marvin Lewis called the top season of Dalton’s six in the NFL. Dalton performed under some adverse conditions, including being sacked as many times (41) as in the previous two seasons combined. He also had top receiving targets A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert fully healthy together for only two games. But Dalton passed for 4206 yards, second-most in franchise history, working with two new primary receivers in veteran free agent signee Brandon LaFell and rookie Tyler Boyd. Also, Dalton threw all 563 Bengals passes, and his interception total of eight constituted a club team record for fewest INTs in a season. Dalton closed the season with this third Pro Bowl appearance.

      “To me, Andy had his best season,” Lewis said, “though as a team we didn’t.”

      Lazor’s last assignment before Cincinnati was offensive coordinator at Miami, a position he held from 2014 through November of ’15. With the Dolphins, Lazor aided in the development of QB Ryan Tannehill, who passed for 4045 yards in ’14. Tannehill’s 27 TD passes were the most by a Dolphins QB since 1994, when Hall of Famer Dan Marino had 30.

      Lazor’s 2014 offense also posted a 4.7-yard rushing average, ranked second in the NFL. The team averaged 24.3 points per game, the franchise’s most since 1995, and Miami’s 350.1 yards per game was also its most since ’95. Tannehill and RB Lamar Miller became the first Dolphins duo to post individual seasons of 4000 passing yards and 1000 rushing yards. Lazor left the Dolphins after 11 games in 2015, as part of an ongoing staff shakeup that began with the release of head coach Joe Philbin.

      In 2013 as QBs coach at Philadelphia, Lazor had a central role in Nick Foles winning the NFL passing title (119.2 rating). Foles passed for 27 TDs and only two INTs, and he led the NFL in yards per pass attempt (9.1) and TD percentage (8.5).

      Prior to joining the Eagles, Lazor had a three-year stint in the college ranks, serving from 2010-12 as offensive coordinator and QBs coach at the University of Virginia. Under his guidance, the Cavaliers offense staged a dramatic turnaround, finishing third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in offense in ’10 after ranking last in ’09. That trend continued in ’11, as the offense averaged 399.8 yards per game en route to the program’s first bowl appearance in four years.

      Lazor (pronounced as “laser”) began his coaching career in 1994 at Cornell, his alma mater, and he debuted as an NFL coach in 2003, serving under Dan Reeves at Atlanta as an offensive assistant. He moved to the Washington Redskins, under Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, as an offensive assistant for 2004-05 and as QBs coach for 2006-07.

      Mike Holmgren, another head coach with a Super Bowl win on his resume, hired Lazor in 2008 as QBs coach with Seattle. Lazor coached two seasons with the Seahawks before moving on to Virginia.

      Lazor is from Scranton, Pa. and was a three-year starting QB for Cornell. He was an All-Ivy League selection and a team captain, and he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior in 1993. He completed his playing career with 26 program records for either passing or total offense.

      Bill and his wife Nicole have a son, Nolan, and two daughters, Marin and Charlotte.

 

     Playing and coaching history: 1990-93—Played QB at Cornell. 1994-2000—Assistant coach (AC), Cornell. 2001-02—Offensive coordinator/QBs coach, University of Buffalo. 2003—AC, Atlanta Falcons. 2004-07—AC, Washington Redskins. 2008-09—AC, Seattle Seahawks. 2010-12—Offensive coordinator/QBs coach, University of Virginia. 2013—AC, Philadelphia Eagles. 2014-15—Offensive coordinator, Miami Dolphins. 2016-present—AC, Cincinnati Bengals.


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