Dolphins to hire Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins are hiring former Chicago Bear offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains as their new offensive coordinator. So what happens with Clyde Christensen?
Loggains served as the Chicago Bears OC under John Fox the last two seasons replacing Adam Gase when he took the head coaching job in Miami. Fox was fired after the final game of this past season. Now Loggains will work with his friend Gase.
Ian Rapoport reported the news late Wednesday night citing a source with information about the hire. Rapoport does not go into details about Christensens role with the team but does say that he is likely to remain with the club.
Under Loggains in Chicago the Bears offense for which he called the plays, was rather inept. The team finished 3-13 in his first season as OC and then 5-11 in 2017. Many point to the fact that Chicago’s offense was not very good. They had line issues, receiver issues, traded away a top running back, and struggled with quarterback play. In 2017 they drafted Mitch Trubisky.
Trubisky played well at times in 2017 but was inconsistent most of the year as a rookie. He finished the season with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.
In Miami Loggains will not call the plays. Adam Gase has been steadfast in his refusal to hand over that part of his coaching. Loggains however will need to figure out a way to get the offense prepared for games. Miami’s offense often looked lethargic for the first two quarters and there was a lack of fire and enthusiasm. Perhaps that could be attributed to Ryan Tannehill’s absence.
While Rapoport finishes his article by saying that “It pays to have friends in high place if you’re and NFL coach”, in this case the move may help Miami since Loggains will not be the play caller. If Clyde Christensen is also staying on board, there are two additional coaches to oversee the offense.
It will be interesting to see what role Christensen plays in all of this.
UPDATE: According to Jeff Darlington the hiring of Loggains is something that Gase has been waiting for. The two share similar approaches to the offense and Darlington says that Loggains knows how to work with Gase, something he says wasn’t always eye to eye with Christensen. Darlington also said that a position was offered to Christensen but not necessarily as a coach. It’s unclear if he will take it. Darlington made these comments on Twitter.