Virginia OC Bill Lazor set to join Chip Kelly’s staff with Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) talks with quarterback coach Bill Lazor during training camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. (Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)

According to reports, the Philadelphia Eagles have added Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to newly hired head coach Chip Kelly’s staff.

Lazor, like Kelly, has a long history of successfully running offensive schematics. However, where the two differ is in their levels of experience and their tutelage of individual athletes.

Lazor has been the Virginia OC since 2010, but prior to his time in college he had spent the better part of a decade working as a quarterbacks coach at the professional level. Between 2001 and 2009, Lazor worked with the signal callers for the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks.

Despite his time running an entire offense, it looks like he will go back to coaching just the quarterbacks for Kelly’s Eagles. Not a single one of Kelly’s quarterbacks while at Oregon has garnered any level of success at the the professional level. Thus, although nothing is set in stone in terms of Lazor’s specific title, it looks like both the coach and his general manager understand the need to bring in a guy with a lot of NFL experience.

Currently, the Eagles have the rapidly aging Michael Vick and Nick Foles, who looked decent as a rookie in 2012. It remains to be seen whether Lazor will be working with one of these two, both, or a rookie selected in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.

The search is still on for the Eagles’ new defensive coordinator, although all eyes are on Athens, Georgia.