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On if he will bring any coaches with him or continue with the current offensive staff) Ė ďObviously Coach (Joe) Philbin is in charge of the structure of the staff, and he and I have not had all of our conversations about the structure of the staff. What I know, and I did my research, is I know these are good coaches on the staff. They have great reputations. Iím excited to get to know them because I have not had a chance to get to know all of them. Thatís something that will be handled going forward.Ē
(On something he has learned from the coaches that he has worked for along the way of his coaching career) Ė ďWell if we went one-by-one, we would exceed the time Jason (Jenkins) is going to give us. The number one thing that I think is common among all of those coaches, some of them you mentioned guys like Dan Reeves, Joe Gibbs, Mike Holmgren and Chip Kelly, the number one thing that was common was that they had a vision of how offensive football should look. They had a vision of what the football team is going to look like. Every single day when we went out to practice, they made sure that what they saw in the field was heading toward that vision. Itís the job of the coaches to keep pushing it in that direction. Each of them was different in how they wanted to win football games. Each of them was different in how they called the plays, but they had a vision, they knew what it was going to look like and it was an absolute drive to push the football team in that direction. I think as coaches, what Iíve learned from them is when we sit down and put together the offense and make our plans, thereís got to be a vision that doesnít change, that we are all committed to, and then every single day we are with the players and have a chance to impact them we keep driving in that same direction.Ē
(On his impressions of Ryan Tannehill and what are one or two things he wants him to improve on) Ė ďIíve watched Ryan (Tannehill). I had a chance to see him during this season as far as some crossover game film. As I mentioned earlier, I had a chance to watch a little bit of video in my preparation and my talking with Coach (Joe) Philbin. The first thing I would say is that Iím really excited to work with him. I was coaching in college, I had left the NFL and was coaching in college when he came out, so I did not have the chance that maybe some others had at that time to evaluate him. Iím excited to work with him because I see a lot of ability. I see both physical ability. It appears from what I see the ability to play the game. It would be premature to make an evaluation of what he can be and what he can do because I havenít been around him that much. I think, as I mentioned before, I think there is a nucleus here in a lot of ways with Coach Philbin, with the staff and certainly with some of the talent Iíve had a chance to see so far. Iím really excited to be working with these players.Ē
"Lazor didn't just materialize on the Eagles staff last year. He has worked for Dan Reeves in Atlanta, Joe Gibbs in Washington, Mike Holmgren in Seattle and Kelly here. He has coached NFL quarterbacks and spent three seasons as offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia."
Bill Lazor: In my own capacity as quarterbacks coach, I think there are two main things for me to do: Be a great teacher and be demanding. You've got to know your position inside and out. Then you have something to offer the players. Once that transmission of knowledge is in place, you need to set high expectations and draw out what you've taught them. You want to see it go from head knowledge to performance on the field.