I had a little time on my hands this morning, so i figured i'd try to breakdown what exactly our offense may resemble if Lazor is going to bring Philly's offensive principles over to Miami. (You know i love me some offensive talk) The first thing I thought i'd check out is Philly's time of possession stats. What is their time management philosophy? Well... Philly was #1 in the NFL in seconds per play. Throughout the season, they averaged 23.38 seconds per offensive play. That is from the start of the whistle to the end of the play. This means they started their plays really early in the play clock and didn't do too much audibling when they got to the line of scrimmage. It doesn't necessarily mean they went a lot of no huddle...it just means they got they're play, made minimal adjustments, and just ran with it. That is amazing for a system that was brand new to their team. I think this is what Lazor meant when he said he wanted to speed up our offense (DJ, you were likely right). Just for a comparison, the Phins were ranked 10th in the NFL in seconds per play. We averaged 26.66 seconds per offensive play. Philly was ranked dead last (32nd) in overall time of possession. We're talking about the #1 rushing offense in the NFL and the #4 scoring offense, and they still don't believe in milking the clock...lol. This is music to my ears! Just because you run the ball, doesn't mean you have to take all day to get to the next snap. The one thing i hate about football is watching men walk to the huddle. JOG BACK TO THE HUDDLE, MAN! Just for a comparison, the Phins were ranked 28th in overall time of possession. But let's not kid ourselves, this was for a TOTALLY different reason. It's because we couldn't sustain drives and our offense was putrid. The next thing i thought i'd check out was how efficient Philly was with each offensive play. Philly was #1 in the NFL with an average of 6.3 yards per play. By comparison, Miami was 26th in the league with an average of 5.0 yards per offensive play. Also, let's take a look at how many yards Philly averaged per offensive drive. Philly ranked 6th in the NFL in yards per drive with 33.81 yards. Miami was ranked 27th while averaging 26.23 yards per drive. If Lazor can help fix our efficiency, we're in business. Something else to check out is how Philly did on their first downs. First downs play calling is so important in the new age spread. Philly was #1 in the NFL, gaining an average of 7.72 yards on first down. WOW! How easy is 2nd and 3rd down when you only have to gain 2 more yards? You don't have to limit your play calling. That is light years ahead of what the Phins did on first down. Miami ranked 28th in the NFL, averaging 5.65 yards on first down. The last thing that i wanted to look at was completions of 20+ yards. This has everything to do with route spacing and offensive play calling creativity. In my opinion, this is one of the best indicators of having a good offensive coordinator. Philly was #1 in the NFL in completions of this sort by a WIDE MARGIN. Philly had 80 receptions of 20+ yards. That is remarkable. It shows why Chip Kelly is the best play caller in the league right now. The next closest team was Denver with 68, lol. Miami had only 47 receptions of 20+ yards. We ranked 20th. To make this even worse, Miami threw the ball over 80 more times than Philly, YET THEY KILLED US IN CATCHES OF 20+ YARDS!! Do you notice a pattern? I sure did. I could keep going on and on about aspects of Philly's offense that is just mind-blowing, especially after comparing them to Miami's. Lazor has a job ahead of him. I don't expect him to be Chip Kelly this year. There is only 1 other coach in football that I think can do what Chip has done in one year...that's Gus Malzahn. Chip and Gus have been doing this for years and it doesn't take them more than a year to install their offensive philosophies (this is why i have been pushing for Malzahn for so long). Lazor is relatively new to this new age spread philosophy, but what he learned in 1 year from Chip Kelly could really help us. As i pointed out in another thread, we were 6-1 when our offense scored 23 points. That's all i'm expecting this year. Our defense is solid once again, just give them 23 points on offense to work with for this year. We'll be in the playoffs, easy. If it doesn't work out this year, throw the entire franchise to Gus Malzahn and let him take us to the promise land. Thoughts?