The Miami Dolphins have brought in Dowell Loggains, 37 to fill the role of offensive coordinator. Clyde Christensen has served as Miami’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, and is expected to be retained, while functioning at a different capacity in 2018.
Coach Adam Gase is not expected to relinquish play-calling duties as Loggains will assist Gase in shaping the Dolphins’ game plan week-to-week.
Gase is familiar with Loggains as the two worked with one another while coaching with the Chicago Bears. In 2015, Gase was the Bears offensive coordinator under head coach John Fox, while Loggains performed as the Bears quarterback coach.
Loggains assumed the role of offensive coordinator for the Bears when Gase went on to become the Dolphins’ head coach, but Bears’ offense did not fair well in Gase’s absence.
While breaking in rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in 2017, the Bears put up a paltry 287.4 yards per game which is 30th in the NFL. The Bears were last in passing yards with 175.5 per game and averaged just 16.5 points per game, which was good for 29th out of 32 NFL teams. Coach Fox was also fired at the end of the season.
The Dolphins’ offense ranked 25th in the NFL in total offense and averaged just 17.6 points per game and could not consistently move the football in 2017.
Adding a coordinator whose offense performed worse than the Dolphins this season does not appear to be a move that will ameliorate their woes on offense. However, fans again are being asked to trust in Gase the way they did when he made the decision to place the hopes of the team’s 2017 season in the hands of quarterback Jay Cutler.