Kevin Coyle is headed back to Cincinnati. And he’s bringing Bill Lazor with him.
Coyle and Lazor were the Dolphins’ defensive and offensive coordinators this time last year. Now they will coach the Bengals’ secondary and quarterbacks, respectively.
For Coyle, it’s a homecoming. He coached the Bengals’ defensive backfield for nine seasons before joining Joe Philbin in Miami in 2012. He followed Philbin out the door after a 1-3 start to the 2015 season.
Lazor lasted a month longer than Philbin and Coyle, but shared their fate. All three were fired during the course of the 2015 season.
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And now all three will serve in diminished roles for other teams. Philbin accepted a job as the Colts’ offensive line coach last week.
Lazor is back doing the job he did for one season in Philadelphia. But unlike Coyle, he has no past working experience with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.
The Dolphins have made wholesale changes to their coaching staff in the past two weeks. They have hired Adam Gase as head coach, Clyde Christensen as offensive coordinator and Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator.
Joseph, ironically, was last the Bengals’ defensive backs coach. He and Coyle have now switched jobs.