ESPN: Eagles' QB coach Lazor to join Lions as offensive coordinator

Posted: January 16, 2014

ACCORDING TO an ESPN report, Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor's first year with Chip Kelly was also his last. The network said Lazor is expected to become the Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator under new coach Jim Caldwell.

Lazor, 41, obviously is boosted by the way Nick Foles blossomed. Foles officially became a Pro Bowl quarterback yesterday, after throwing 27 touchdown passes and two interceptions in 10 starts. In Detroit, Lazor will work with another up-and-coming quarterback, Matt Stafford, and also will have the league's most feared weapon, Calvin Johnson.

Lazor has worked for the Falcons, Redskins and Seahawks. He was offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia when Kelly hired him a year ago. He interviewed last week to become the Dolphins' offensive coordinator.

The other Eagles staffer involved in speculation, player personnel vice president Tom Gamble, does not seem heavily involved in talk about Miami or Tampa. Those teams told the Eagles last week they intended to talk to him about their general manager positions. He has not said he is interested in leaving. One reason he returned to the area last year was to be closer to his parents, Joan and Harry Gamble, of Haddonfield. Eagles GM Howie Roseman made hiring Gamble a priority, and it isn't clear he would have a bigger voice elsewhere, regardless of title, unless he got final roster say.

The Eagles also announced the Pro Bowl status of Foles and guard Evan Mathis. Foles originally was a first alternate. Mathis was a second alternate. Mathis, true to character, tweeted: "Someone tell Tonya Harding I don't need her help getting into the Pro Bowl anymore."

Mathis, 32, was considered a journeyman backup when the Eagles signed him in 2011, but he developed into a reliable, smart, physical, versatile starter who made the Associated Press All-Pro team this season, even though he didn't initially make the Pro Bowl.

Also, SportsBusiness Daily reported that the Eagles' average TV market share of 28.325 was up 12 percent from 2012, as you might expect with a team that went from 4-12 to 10-6. The average local NFL rating was 28.5.


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