Who’s buried in Jakeem Grant’s shadow? Miami Dolphins’ 5-6 offensive coordinator

Then-Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains (right) talks with the much larger offensive lineman Cody Whitehair. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Dowell Loggains is still settling into his new job as offensive coordinator of the Dolphins, but he already has one part of his game plans down pat, and it involves receiver Jakeem Grant.

“I’ll probably try to stand next to him as much as I can on TV games and pregame warmups,” Loggains joked.

You could say Loggains stands out in football circles.

In a literal sense, though, you cannot say he stands tall.

Loggains is 5-feet-6. Maybe. In some places you’ll find him listed at 5-5.

Either way, he’s about the same height as Grant, who’s listed at 5-7. That makes Loggains short for a football coach (writes the Daily Dolphin reporter equally short).

And Loggains is way short for a Division I football player, which he once was. He was a walk-on backup quarterback at Arkansas who spent most of his time as a holder. Upon being named offensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2003, Roy Wittke took one look at Loggains and according to the Chicago Tribune thought, “I’m in the SEC, and this is one of the quarterbacks?”

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Speaking with the South Florida media Friday, Loggains explained how he managed to overcome obstacles.

“It was work ethic,” he said. “It was knowing your own limitations and knowing what you had to do to separate yourself when you’re playing with guys that are a lot more talented than you. You just work your tail off and put yourself in good situations.

“It’s kind of the same way with coaching. You might not always be the smartest guy. You have to know your own limitations and just try to work harder than the next guy. I think that’s how you get jobs in this league and stay in this league is just develop an unbelievable work ethic, try to out-work as many people as you can and have self-awareness.”

So Loggains should have no problem identifying with Grant.

“It wasn’t the size, it was when I watched that slip screen that he took to the house,” Loggains said, referring to Grant’s 65-yard touchdown against the Chiefs. “His play strength for being a small guy — he plays very physical and very strong. I’m really excited about him.”

He’s excited about watching him play. He’s excited about not having to look a foot up when coaching at least one of his players.

“I’ll enjoy talking and being able to look eye-to-eye with him,” Loggains said.

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