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Lazor must take Tannehill to next level

The Miami Dolphins did a solid job finding their new offensive coordinator. Miami will hire Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.

Lazor was one of Miami's top choices because he coaches the West Coast offense and has a successful track record working with quarterbacks. That should make Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill happy and excited.

Lazor did wonders with Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles last season. And Tannehill has more natural ability than Foles, which should bode well for Miami.

One of Lazor's biggest responsibilities will be making Tannehill a finished product. Tannehill, 25, didn't make all the necessary strides in Year 2 under former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, which partially led to Sherman's departure. The job security of Miami's entire coaching staff depends in part on Tannehill's performance next season.

Lazor took a risk by leaving Chip Kelly and the Eagles after a playoff run in their first year together. There was much more security in Philadelphia, but the chance to be an offensive coordinator for the first time was too much for Lazor to pass up.

Miami head coach Joe Philbin is 15-17 in two seasons with the Dolphins. He is entering a make-or-break Year 3. Lazor can help Philbin, himself and the rest of the coaching staff by getting Tannehill to the next level in 2014.