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Bears Offensive Coordinator search: Bill Lazor in the mix, Mike Kafka is not

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The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs is reporting that the Chicago Bears have interest in Bill Lazor for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Lazor has been out of football since being fired by the Cincinnati Bengals on January 11, 2019, but prior to that he was coaching football for 24 straight seasons.

Biggs is also saying that the Bears wanted Pat Shurmur for the job, but with the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator position opening up, that became a more attractive option for Shurmur and he’s expected to head to the Mile High city.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback coach Mike Kafka is not currently on the Bears radar according to Biggs, even though he shares a coaching tree with Chicago head coach Matt Nagy.

Lazor was a three year starting quarterback for Cornell University and upon graduation he moved right into their coaching ranks as an offensive assistant until 2000. He then went to the Buffalo Bulls where he served as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two years.

His first NFL coaching gig came in 2003 with the Atlanta Falcons where he was the offensive quality control coach for head coach Dan Reeves. He has coordinated NFL offenses with the Bengals and the Miami Dolphins.

Lazor’s offensive background has elements of the West Coast, Air Coryell, and spread offense.