When the head coach calls the offense "anemic right now" it cannot be good news for the offensive coordinator.
Dan Campbell said those words Sunday afternoon.
And Monday morning the Miami Dolphins fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor after less than two years on the job, per a source.
A source tells me QB coach Zac Taylor, is replacing Lazor the final five games of the season. He will be the primary play-caller and remain as QB coach.
The Dolphins underperformed on offense this year. They have been outscored 172-72 in five games, all losses, to AFC East opponents. That's an average score of 34-14.
(Yeah, the defense needs major work, too.)
But the point is it is impossible to win averaging two touchdowns per game within the division. The Dolphins are averaging 20.4 points per game this year and that is down about four points per game from a year ago.
Over the last five games, the Dolphins have averaged just 15.6 points. In that span, the same offense allowed -- allowed -- three safeties and a pick six touchdown. In nine of 11 games this season, Miami has scored 20 points or less.
The bottom line is it seems teams have caught up to the offense in Miami, much as teams have caught up to the offense in Philadelphia, where Lazor was QB coach before coming to Miami.
Taylor has been with the Dolphins four seasons as the quarterbacks coach. It is his first NFL job. Indeed, it is his first fulltime coaching job. Previously, Taylor served as a graduate assistant coach/tight ends coach at Texas A&M from 2008-11.
Taylor came to Miami under former offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and stayed after Sherman was dismissed in 2014. Taylor is Sherman's son-in-law.
It is probable the Dolphins will continue to run the same offense -- as they ran more or less the same defense when defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was fired.
But the playcalls ... A draw on third-and-25? Those five-yard slants on third-and-eight? The force feeding of the bubble screens?
Those will change, one supposes.
It will be interesting if quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be given wider latitude in calling audibles. He did not have that latitude under Lazor's system. He could audible to a play that was served up to him before the snap. But he could not audible to any play he wanted after he scanned the defense in front of him.
Tannehill was not a big fan of the Lazor offense at the end. Just last week he said cryptically, "Right now we are just trying to do the best we can with the offense that we run," showing about as much public displeasure with the whole thing as he dared.
This season has been savage on Dolphins coaches, by the way. They have fired their head coach, their defensive coordinator and their offensive coordinator. All of them were fired after losses to the New York Jets. Pattern here? Owner upset at losing to his hometown team?
[Update: The Dolphins have confirmed Lazor has been "relieved of his duties as OC," that Taylor is the playcaller and wide receiver assistant Phil McGeoghan has been promoted to wide receivers coach.]