Dolphins complete interviews with OC candidates Lazor, Shanahan

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Phase one of the Miami Dolphins' search for a new offensive coordinator concluded this afternoon as the team completed its interviews with candidates Bill Lazor and Kyle Shanahan.

The Miami Dolphins' search for its next offensive coordinator is officially underway.

The team on Friday afternoon announced that it had completed interviews with Bill Lazor and Kyle Shanahan for its vacant offensive coordinator position. The Dolphins' previous offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, was dismissed by head coach Joe Philbin on Monday following the team's disappointing 8-8 season.

Lazor is currently the quarterback coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, and was instrumental in the rapid growth of second-year signal-caller Nick Foles, who posted a 119.0 passer rating this season, as well as the best TD-INT ratio (27-2) in NFL history. Lazor previously served as offensive coordinator for the University of Virginia Cavaliers from 2010 to 2012.

Shanahan was the Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2013, while his father, Mike Shanahan, served as the team's head coach. Prior to his stint in D.C., Kyle was the Houston Texans' offensive coordinator from 2008 to 2009.

Rumors of quarterback Ryan Tannehill's lack of confidence in Sherman's playcalling surfaced almost immediately following the conclusion of the Dolphins' season. Sherman was previously Tannehill's head coach at Texas A&M, and actually used the quarterback as a wide receiver for two seasons before Tannehill unseated Jerrod Johnson as the Aggies' starting signal-caller in October 2010.

The Dolphins are also currently interviewing for their general manager position. The team's most recent general manager, Jeff Ireland, on Tuesday agreed to step down from his role with the organization.

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