The Chicago Bears have named Dowell Loggains offensive coordinator.
During the 2015 season Loggians served as Chicago's quarterbacks coach, but he's been coaching in the NFL since 2008. His official coaching journey began as the offensive quality control coach of the Tennessee Titans in 2008 and 2009, but he spent 2006 and 2007 in Tennessee working as a coaching administrative assistant. In 2005 he was a scouting assistant with the Cowboys.
He was promoted to the Titans QB coach for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, before being named their offensive coordinator for part of the 2012 and the entire 2013 seasons. He was the Cleveland Browns QB coach during the 2014 season.
Chicago Bears head coach John Fox had this to say about Loggains. "Dowell played a critical role on our offense last year. He's an excellent coach with experience as a play-caller and a broad knowledge of offensive football. He has earned the respect of our players because they know he can help them get better."
It should be a smooth transition from Adam Gase as the play caller to Dowell Loggains.
"As I mentioned at the end of the season," Fox continued, "our systems are in place. We will always look to evolve because the NFL is fluid and adapting is key to good coaching. Dowell will help us build on what we started as we head into the 2016 season."
Besides Gase, Loggains has worked with other bright offensive minds in the NFL such as Sean Payton, Norm Chow, Mike Heimerdinger and Chris Palmer.
The following is from the Bears press release;
In 2014, Loggains was the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. Under Loggains tutelage, the Browns finished the 2014 season with 3,678 passing yards, 11th most in franchise history. Their 7.33 yards per attempt in 2014 was the highest for the franchise since 1992. Their 21 pass plays of 25 or more yards were tied for the second most by the franchise in the last 21 years and the most since 1995.
From 2008-13, Loggains was on the coaching staff of the Tennessee Titans, including serving as offensive coordinator in 2013 and during the final five games of the 2012 season. In 2013, the Titans jumped out to a 3-1 start as starting quarterback Jake Locker had a 99.0 passer rating, before injuries derailed his season. Locker finished with an 86.7 passer rating in seven starts (4-3 record).
From 2010-12, Loggains was the quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator of the Titans, working with Kerry Collins, Vince Young, Matt Hasselbeck and Locker, a first-round pick in 2011. The Titans' 4,113 passing yards and 84.4 passer rating in 2011 are sixth and seventh-highest in franchise single-season history, respectively. In 2010 he helped Collins post the third-best passer rating of his career (82.2) and Vince Young register the highest passer rating of his career (98.6).
The Newport, Ark. native was a four-year letterman as a quarterback and holder at the University of Arkansas, where he appeared in 50 games. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and master's degree in education. He was a two-year starter at quarterback for Abilene Cooper (Texas) High School.
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