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Bill Lazor was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2003 to 2021, finishing his career as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears. Over his fifteen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 101-139-1.
Lazor was born on Wednesday, June 14, 1972 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Coaching Career
Bill Lazor played football for Cornell University as starting quarterback for the Big Red from 1991-1993. During his decorated career, he set 26 program records and was voted the team's most valuable player for the 1993 season and selected to the All-Ivy League team.
At the conclusion of his playing career, Lazor began coaching for his Alma Mater in a variety of roles. In 1994, he worked as a part-time assistant under his former head coach Jim Hofher before moving into a full-time coaching role. Between 1995 and 1998, Lazor coached the running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks, and tight ends. In 1999, he was promoted to passing game coordinator and recruiting coordinator for his final two seasons at Cornell (1999-2000). During his entire time coaching with the university, Lazor was also head coach of the junior varsity team.
University of Buffalo
In 2001, Lazor rejoined his former coach Hofher at the University of Buffalo as their offensive coordinator. This was his first opportunity to coach an entire offense. During his two seasons with the Bulls, the team won their first ever game against an FBS (formerly Division 1-A) opponent in team history.
In 2003,Lazor began his NFL coaching career for the Atlanta Falcons as the team's offensive quality control coach. However, the team struggled and head coach Dan Reeves left the team after 13 games. The team finished 5-11, finishing last in the NFL South.
After the Falcons, Lazor joined the Washington Commanders for the 2004 season under new head coach Joe Gibbs. In his first two seasons with the Redskins, Lazor worked as an offensive assistant coach before being promoted to the team's quarterbacks coach for the following two seasons. During his time with the team, he learned Joe Gibbs' offensive system, an offshoot of the "Air Coryell" system predicated on vertical passing.
After Gibbs retired prior to the 2008 season, Lazor became the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks under head coach Mike Holmgren. The Seahawks struggled in 2008 and 2009, achieving their worst back-to-back records since the first two seasons of the franchise's existence. However, while their starting quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, was out for most of the season with an injury, Lazor coached the backup , Seneca Wallace, to a Seahawks-record 184 straight pass attempts without an interception. Despite this small success, Holmgren left after the 2008 season, succeeded by Jim L. Mora (Jr.) who was quickly fired after the following season.
Return to College
University of Virginia Cavaliers
In 2010, ffter his seven years in the NFL, Lazor returned to college coaching as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Virginia under head coach Mike London. From 2010-2012, the program only went to one bowl game (2011). However, Lazor was able to coach the Cavaliers to having one of the top offenses in the ACC throughout his tenure.
After his brief return to college, Lazor joined the Philadelphia Eagles under new head coach Chip Kelly. Hired in 2013 as the team's quarterbacks coach, he also navigated a quarterback competition during the offseason. Michael Vick, Nick Foles, and Matt Barkley all competed for the starting job, and eventually Vick claimed the role. However, Vick was injured early in the season and Foles replaced him. Foles posted one of the most efficient seasons by a quarterback in league history, throwing 27 touchdown passes with only two interceptions. Seven of those touchdown passes were in a single game, tying the league record.
After his single season with the Eagles, Lazor joined the Miami Dolphins as their new offensive coordinator under head coach Joe Philbin. The Dolphins saw noticeable improvement in their offense in 2014 under Lazor, as quarterback Ryan Tannehill topped 4,000 yards passing for the first time in his career, which was also the most yards by a quarterback for the Dolphins since 1995. However, Lazor was fired 10 games into the 2015 season amidst a 4-6 record after many key players regressed from their 2014 performance.
In 2016, Lazor was hired as the quarterbacks coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. Two games into the 2017 season, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese and elevated Lazor to the role. During his three years in Cincinnati, the Bengals failed to make the playoffs.
|2021 Chicago Bears||Offensive Coordinator||6-11-0||0-0|
|2020 Chicago Bears||Offensive Coordinator||8-8-0||0-1|
|2018 Cincinnati Bengals||Offensive Coordinator||6-10-0||0-0|
|2017 Cincinnati Bengals||Quarterbacks Coach||0-2-0||0-0|
|2017 Cincinnati Bengals||Interim Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach||7-7-0||0-0|
|2016 Cincinnati Bengals||Quarterbacks Coach||6-9-1||0-0|
|2015 Miami Dolphins||Offensive Coordinator||4-6-0||0-0|
|2014 Miami Dolphins||Offensive Coordinator||8-8-0||0-0|
|2013 Philadelphia Eagles||Quarterbacks Coach||10-6-0||0-1|
|2009 Seattle Seahawks||Quarterbacks Coach||5-11-0||0-0|
|2008 Seattle Seahawks||Quarterbacks Coach||4-12-0||0-0|
|2007 Washington Redskins||Quarterbacks Coach||9-7-0||0-1|
|2006 Washington Redskins||Quarterbacks Coach||5-11-0||0-0|
|2005 Washington Redskins||Offensive Assistant Coach||10-6-0||1-1|
|2004 Washington Redskins||Offensive Assistant Coach||6-10-0||0-0|
|2003 Atlanta Falcons||Offensive Quality Control Coach||5-11-0||0-0|
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