As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cincinnati Bengals have hired two former Miami Dolphins coordinators as position coaches:
Bengals hired former Dolphins OC Bill Lazor as quarterbacks coach and former Dolphins DC Kevin Coyle as defensive backs coach.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2016
Lazor, a graduate of Cornell University, was fired midway through 2015, his second season coordinating the Dolphins’ offense. In the eleven games that quarterback Ryan Tannehill played under Lazor this season, he completed 62% of his passes, at 7.1 yards per attempt. In the other five games, when the offense was coordinated by quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, Tannehill’s stats were virtually identical (61.6 completion%).
Coyle, who had coordinated Miami’s defense since 2012, was also fired midway through the 2015 campaign. Coaching the Bengals’ secondary is also the job that Coyle held before moving to coordinate the Dolphins’ defense, with his first tenure in the role coming from 2001-2011. Coyle’s longevity is especially notable when considering that longtime Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis did not arrive in Cincinnati until 2003.
Miami has since replaced Lazor with Clyde Christensen, who has been the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterbacks coach since 2012. The Dolphins also promoted Lou Anarumo, the team’s defensive backs coach since 2012, as their defensive coordinator.
The Dolphins have not finished a season above .500 since 2008, when the team finished 11-5 under the direction of Tony Sparano, with Chad Pennington as their quarterback.