We already knew the Chicago Bears are in the market for a new head coach, and we suspected certain other spots would need to be filled, but now we can confirm: they will also definitely need a new offensive coordinator.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Dowell Loggains is joining the Miami Dolphins as the team’s offensive coordinator. Clyde Christensen, who served as the team’s offensive coordinator each of the last two seasons, is expected to stick around in another position with the team. Despite adding Loggains to his coaching staff, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports head coach Adam Gase will continue to call the plays.
In his two years as the Bears’ offensive coordinator, Loggains’ offenses averaged 16.9 points. The Dolphins will be Loggains’ fourth team in six years and his third stint as an offensive coordinator.
The move reunites Loggains and Gase, who was the Bears’ offensive coordinator in 2015. Prior to taking over as the Bears’ offensive coordinator the last two seasons, Loggains was the team’s quarterbacks coach. Before you get too far ahead of yourself and start thinking of a reunion party featuring Gase, Loggains, and Jay Cutler, Salguero reports Gase has already named Ryan Tannehill the starter for 2018.
Bears GM Ryan Pace was asked about the status of the team’s assistants after firing John Fox and said those coaches who were under contract remained under contract. But even though Loggains was under contract, Pace didn’t stop his now former offensive coordinator from seeking employment elsewhere, even in a lateral move.