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Former Eagles QB coach Bill Lazor hired as Bears offensive coordinator

Former Eagles QB coach Bill Lazor hired as Bears offensive coordinator

Nick Foles’ horse whisperer finally has a new job.

The much-traveled Bill Lazor, Foles’ quarterbacks coach during his historic, record-setting 2013 season, is the Bears’ new offensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Bears are Lazor's sixth organization in the last 10 years.

Lazor has been out of football since he was fired as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator a year ago this week.

In Chicago, Lazor replaces Mark Helfrich, who the Bears fired after the end of the season. Helfrich came to the Bears after he was fired at the University of Oregon, where he was Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator and replaced Kelly as head coach when Kelly was hired by the Eagles in 2013.

One of Kelly’s first hires when he got to Philly was Lazor, who had been offensive coordinator at Virginia the previous three seasons.

In his one year working with the Eagles’ quarterbacks, Foles had his big year — his first big year — with 27 touchdown passes and 2 interceptions and two more TDs in a playoff loss to the Saints.

His 27 touchdowns set a NFL record for most TD passes in a season by a quarterback with two or fewer interceptions. Tom Brady broke that record in 2016. He tied an NFL record when he threw seven touchdowns against the Raiders in Oakland.  
 
Foles in that one year with Lazor led the NFL in touchdown percentage, yards per attempt and passer rating with a 119.2 mark that remains the 3rd-highest in NFL history.

Lazor’s work with Foles earned him the offensive coordinator job with the Dolphins in 2014. His first year, the Dolphins ranked 11th in the NFL in scoring, their highest ranking since 2001. But after the Dolphins went 6-10 the next year, Joe Philbin and his entire staff were fired.

Lazor then spent a year coaching QBs with the Bengals before two years as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator.

In Chicago, he will work under head coach Matt Nagy, who had just been fired as part of Andy Reid’s staff when Kelly hired Lazor. But the two haven’t worked together.

Nagy and Lazor have one other thing in common: Both coached Foles. Nagy was the Chiefs' offensive coordinator in 2016, Foles' one year in Kansas City.

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

Remember way back at the start of the NFL season when Carli Lloyd hit a field goal attempt after an Eagles practice?

If you don't, you can watch here as a refresher.
 

Well, she makes her return to the field in this Super Bowl commercial for Secret Deodorant alongside Crystal Dunn ... and it is powerful.

Often times, Super Bowl commercials are light-hearted and comedic … but there are also times where they hit a home run in relaying a message that has to be said. This is one of those times.

In a brief moment in the opening frames you can catch a glimpse of the current scoreboard for the game  — where you can see the kicker’s team is down by just a single point with 3 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. It’s now or never.

It wasn’t until after their team won the game, where they took their helmets off to celebrate, revealing their true selves. Powerful women.

The crowd went silent at first, initially in shock, but cheers quickly fill the air.

As the commercial winds down, ‘Let’s kick inequality’ appears on the screen.

Also found in the description of the video on their YouTube page, is this:

More than two-thirds of girls believe that society doesn’t encourage women to play sports so we are setting out to change this notion by spotlighting fierce female athletes  — specifically two major women’s soccer players  — in ‘The Secret Kicker,’ which is aimed at defying conventional expectations and championing equal opportunities for women.

Well done, Secret Deodorant, well done.

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Super Bowl LIV: 10 things you never knew about Andy Reid

Super Bowl LIV: 10 things you never knew about Andy Reid

Everybody knows Andy Reid was in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Monday Night Football as a kid.

Everybody knows Big Red is the seventh coach to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl.

Everybody knows Reid has coached the most games in NFL history without a championship.

But there’s a lot about Big Red you probably never knew.

Such as … 

Going door to door: In 1986, Andy Reid, Brad Childress and Tom Melvin were all assistant coaches under Larry Kentera at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. NAU wasn’t a high-powered football program back then, and one of the responsibilities of the assistant coaches was to go door-to-door in the community trying to raise money. The coaches went out in pairs, and one year, Reid and Childress were assigned some of the tiny Native American villages located north of Flagstaff and just south of the Grand Canyon. Reid and Childress found themselves knocking on the doors of tiny Indian Pueblos asking for donations from people who had no idea what football was. Thirteen years later, Reid, Childress and Melvin were all coaching with the Eagles.  

95 percent chance: After he was fired by the Eagles following the 2012 season, Reid was quickly linked with the Arizona Cardinals' head coaching job. The Cards had just fired Romeo Crennel after one year, and Reid was such a strong candidate for the Cards job that Adam Schefter, who is NEVER wrong, tweeted that a source told him there was a 95 percent chance Reid would wind up coaching the Cards. Reid had interviews scheduled with the Chiefs and Cards, but he never made it to Phoenix. The Chiefs interviewed him at Philadelphia Airport and hired him on the spot, before he could catch his flight to Arizona. 

“Get your peanuts here:” As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, Reid worked as a peanut vendor at Dodger Stadium.

Secret visits: During the summer of 2009, when beloved defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was battling cancer, Reid quietly and with nobody knowing left training camp nearly every night after practice, film study and meetings and drove from Lehigh to Philadelphia to visit Jim in the hospital.  

Serving at love: Reid met his wife of 38 years, Tammy, in a Fundamentals of Tennis class when they were students at Brigham Young in 1980.

A chance meeting: Reid coached at San Francisco State from 1983 through 1985, and at the same time world-renowned activist Angela Davis taught ethnic studies at the same university. As it turned out, Reid’s office and Davis’s office were not only in the same building but along the same hallway, and the two often had long conversations at the water fountain. About what? We can only imagine. 

“Touchdown Nelly!”: Reid’s youth basketball coach was Pete Arbogast, who is now the offiical radio play-by-play voice of USC basketball and football. Yup, the guy who called all those Nelson Agholor TD catches was Andy Reid’s youth basketball coach.

Together since 1983: When Reid first arrived at San Francisco State as offensive line coach in 1983, one of his players was Tom Melvin. Reid was 25 and Melvin was 23. Today, 37 years later, the two are still together. They first worked together in 1984 and 1985 at San Francisco State then for one year at Northern Arizona. From 1991 through 1998, Melvin was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Occidental College in Los Angeles and Reid was on Mike Holmgren's Packers staff. When Reid was hired by the Eagles in 1999, he brought in Melvin as a quality control coach and then promoted him to tight ends in 2002. He’s served as Reid’s tight ends coach all seven years in K.C. as well. So the two have spent 29 of the last 37 years together.

Grease is the word: Reid attended Marshall High in Los Angeles, the same school that produced Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Ito, Heidi Fless and Julia “Catwoman” Newmar and where the interior scenes for the movie Grease were filmed.

They signed who???: Reid was named head coach of the Eagles on Jan. 11, 1999. The first three players the Eagles signed after that were Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Doug Pederson.

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