Let me be the first to welcome the Miami Dolphins' offense into the present.
It's been a while since they've been there, so they may have forgotten what the present is like, but they have the best guide to have to introduce them to 2014 in Bill Lazor.
Lazor was the Eagles' quarterback coach last season, a season where he coached up Nick Foles into being historically great. Now he gets Ryan Tannehill, a player whom everyone had pegged as the better player than Foles coming out of college and a player who has more physical gifts than Foles.
How will this work out? Hopefully great but that alone won't make this an upgrade; how the offense is run will.
The last two years the Dolphins have employed a West Coast offense that seemed stuck deep in 1994. Lamar Miller, who can be a LeSean McCoy-type running back, was asked to be Edgar Bennett. Michael Egnew, who should be a joker tight end, was forced to be Mark Chmura.
Only one problem: Tannehill isn't Brett Favre, and this is 2014. I know it sounds crazy to say this, but, unless you have a surplus of talent, that offense doesn't work in today's game. The defenses have become too sophisticated, built to stop that offense, and it doesn't help when you're not using your imagination to call the plays.
Lazor could very well use this West Coast offense as a base offense, but if he adds in a little bit of imagination, we could see something special.
Mike Wallace wouldn't line up at the same spot on every play, and he would be involved in some screen passes instead of the quarterback bombing it deep to him. Egnew could find a place on this offense, and who knows, he could flourish in ways we'd never imagine.
Charles Clay was great in 2013 and could wind up being even better this season.
Lazor is the reason why I'm optimistic about this team; that's why he's my top upgrade of the offseason.
Coach Philbin, please, don't stifle the imagination that this man might bring to this team!
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