Miami Dolphins’ Adam Gase explains why he needs new OC Dowell Loggains

Adam Gase intends for Dowell Loggains to make his workload lighter. (Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS—It turns out being a mind reader is an essential qualification for being the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator.

Adam Gase didn’t necessarily go into the offseason thinking he needed help running the offense, his specialty, but when former co-worker Dowell Loggains became available, he saw a great benefit in adding someone who knew him so well.

“Dowell can really jump ahead,” Gase said at the NFL Combine today. “He seems to have a good knack for knowing what I’m thinking before saying anything. That’s always something that is a good thing to have when you’re a head coach and you have a lot of things you have to accomplish.”

The translation is that Loggains is familiar enough with Gase’s thought process that he can handle some things for him, making Gase more efficient in his broad responsibilities.

Gase also illustrated some of his rationale for the hire when discussing what first-year Lions coach Matt Patricia will encounter as he makes the transition from coordinator to the head job, as Gase did two years ago.

“The hardest thing in that first year is just managing your time, because you want to be involved in the side of the ball that you’ve been working on for your entire career,” he said. “You’re trying to manage your time between offense, defense and special teams. It depends on if you’re calling plays or calling a defense. That’s going to occupy more of your time. You’re more involved in personnel and more involved in so many decisions, and then you’re dealing with a lot of managerial-type things. You have to manage your time extremely well, because next thing you know, you’re not hitting things you need to hit.”

Gase will retain play-calling duty, which he has had since coming to the Dolphins in 2016, but Loggains will have a meaningful voice in the game plan. He is expected to have more input than former offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, who described himself as more of a sounding board for Gase.

Christensen is remaining on staff in an advisor role that doesn’t seem drastically different from what he was doing the last two years.
Loggains was the Bears’ quarterbacks coach when Gase was their offensive coordinator in 2015. He took over for Gase in Chicago and was the coordinator the last two seasons before being dismissed when the team fired coach John Fox.

Loggains, 37, was also the Titans’ offensive coordinator in 2012 and ’13.

“Dowell knows how I think and we’re able to communicate very easily,” Gase said. There is just something about our connection that it works well, me and him.

“As soon as I heard that he was moving on and I knew that he was interviewing… I knew that was really the fit that I was looking for. Being back around him has been great for me… You’re around guys that you’ve worked with before and they know the system. It felt like he never left.”

Gase also brought in offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn, who worked for him in 2016, and running backs coach Eric Studesville. Studesville was an assistant with Gase in Denver for five years.

The new staffers are charged with helping Gase fix an offense that has been “garbage” for most of his time running the team. The Dolphins were 29th in yards rushing last year, 18th in passing and 28th in points scored.

Loggains comes in from a Chicago offense that actually gained fewer yards and scored fewer points. His job could get even more difficult, too, if the Dolphins do not hang on to leading playmaker Jarvis Landry.

He’ll also be working with a rebuilt quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, who has never been better than league-average but showed promise under Gase in 2016 before suffering a season-ending knee injury that season and another one in the ensuing training camp.

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