This one kind of caught me by surprise, but the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Earlier today, ESPN published an article titled, “Who will be called next time there's an NFL head-coaching job open?” written by their collection Insiders, and the first guy listed is the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, Dowell Loggains.
Now there’s a lot, and I mean a lot, that has to go right in 2017, but if the Bears can catch a few breaks, and have a relatively healthy season, and the offense finds a way to click, then Loggains could be a hot head coaching candidate in 2018.
First off, there’s the history of John Fox assistants that have gone on to get head coaching jobs in the NFL. Adam Gase, Jack Del Rio (twice), Mike McCoy, and Dennis Allen have all received head coaching jobs after working with Fox.
Here’s what ESPN had to say about Loggains, and by the way, even though he was listed first, there was no particular order.
He served as the offensive coordinator under Mike Munchak and then was the quarterbacks coach under Adam Gase in Chicago before Gase took his playcalling talents to South Beach. If the Bears' offensive coordinator can make Mike Glennon (or Mitch Trubisky) look good this season, he's one to watch.
If Chicago’s offense looks good this year, then the 36 year old Loggians would fit the profile of the recent head coaching candidates.
And the Bears would find themselves looking for yet another offensive coordinator, just a couple years removed from replacing Gase with Loggains.
But we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves, first Loggains has to figure out how to get Chicago’s offense in the end zone of a consistent basis.
Here’s one other thing to think about when perusing this ESPN list; with John Fox’s status for 2017 a bit shaky, do any of these guys look like a good fit as the next head coach of the Chicago Bears?