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Bill Lazor looked like a nice tale about a former University at Buffalo coach getting a chance to call plays in the NFL.

ESPN reported Tuesday night the Detroit Lions were expected to hire Lazor as offensive coordinator.

But he's going to become a lot more relevant than that to Western New York sports fans. Lazor didn't go to the Lions. Instead, he will draw up strategies to defeat the Buffalo Bills twice a year as the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin announced the hire this afternoon.

Lazor, a native of Scranton, Pa., was UB's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2001 and 2002 under Jim Hofher.

He left UB for an entry-level job with the Atlanta Falcons and spent last season as the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach. Nick Foles had a fabulous season for the Eagles, taking over for Michael Vick and being chosen for the Pro Bowl.

Lazor is heading to South Florida during a transition phase. The Dolphins recently fired General Manager Jeff Ireland and had a culture crisis with the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying scandal.

Lazor will have some weapons with Miami, a club that almost earned a wild-card playoff berth but got tripped up twice by Buffalo along the way.

Sophomore quarterback Ryan Tannehill ranked 10th in passing yards and had 24 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. Wide receiver Mike Wallace is among the league's most dangerous deep threats. Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was voted to the Pro Bowl.