Bill Lazor to coach on sideline, Jim Reid to coach from box this season
When Virginia takes the field Saturday at Scott Stadium for the season opener against Richmond, seven Cavaliers coaches will guide the players from the sideline and the remaining four will instruct from the coaches' box. Here's the breakdown:
On the sideline -- Coach Mike London, Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor, Linebackers Coach Vincent Brown, Running Backs Coach Mike Faragalli, Defensive Line Coach Jeff Hanson, Offensive Line Coach Ron Mattes and Secial Teams Coordinator Anthony Poindexter.
In the coaches' box -- Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid, Wide Receivers Coach Shawn Moore, Tight Ends Coach Scott Wachenheim and Cornerbacks Coach Chip West.
Lazor said in a teleconference Wednesday that he used to coach from the box when he was the offensive coordinator at Buffalo in 2001 and 2002. But prior to the final game of the 2002 season, he felt he needed to be closer to the action. After that game, he told then-Buffalo Coach Jim Hofher he would move down to the sideline the following season.
That, however, never came to fruition, as Lazor left Buffalo to become an offensive quality control coach with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons in 2003. During the following seven seasons that Lazor spent in the NFL, he coached four seasons from the box on gamedays and three on the sidelines.
Regardless, Lazor said he now prefers coaching from the sideline because it provides him the opportunity to instruct the quarterback face-to-face. He also believes it gives him "a feel for dealing with the entire offense when necessary." And he said being on the sideline enables him to see more clearly what is happening on the field.
"And really, I wouldn't be able to do it if I didn't trust the coaches that would be in the box talking with me," Lazor said. "But I definitely do."
Among the Virginia offensive coaches that will be in the box on Saturdays this fall is Wachenheim, who previously served as the offensive coordinator at Liberty (2006-08) an at Rice (2001-05). Moore, who served as a three-year starting quarterback for Virginia from 1988-90, will coach from the box, as well.
As for the defense, Reid said his preference for coaching in the box has developed with age.
"I had been on the sideline for a lot of years," Reid said Tuesday. "Sometimes you get really excited and you miss something. Personnel groups are very, very important when you're calling defenses. A lot of times you'll make a call based on the personnel group that's in the game.
"In today's game -- and by today's game I don't mean Saturday, I mean in the last 8-10 years with the addition of all of these special personnel groups you have on third down and third and short, second and one or two, you know, all those different personnel groups for those situations -- sometimes it's good to have your charts right out in front of you. I guess the older I get, the more that my glasses fall off and I'm in trouble, so I need to have my glasses on looking at my charts all the time."
September 1, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
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