Dolphins coach Adam Gase gets much-needed help from Dowell Loggains

Dowell Loggains is the Dolphins’ new offensive coordinator this season. (Getty Images)

ORLANDO—There were points during the recent Dolphins season when coach Adam Gase knew he was in over his head.

It’s not that the job was too difficult for Gase or he was unprepared, but he realized he was handling too many parts of the offense. He needed a deputy to take some off that off his schedule, and he needed someone who wouldn’t hesitate to argue with him.

He found someone for both roles by hiring offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. While Gase will retain play-calling duty, Loggains will be more than a sounding board. That’s how former coordinator Clyde Christensen was portrayed, even by himself, and Gase sought to find someone who would be more of a partner than an advisor.

“We have a very easy-working relationship to where he knows me well enough to where he was doing a lot of the things that I needed him to do,” Gase said. “I don’t really have to say anything. He just goes and he does it. He knows how to organize and he knows how to manage the staff. It’s a very smooth transition.”

There were times last season when there didn’t seem to be total cohesion within the staff, particularly with the offensive line and all the turmoil it faced, and Gase believes Loggains will clean some of that up.

He will be instrumental in developing Ryan Tannehill, too, which is a change from Christensen. He said last season he didn’t work much with the quarterbacks.

Christensen, by the way, will remain part of the staff. He agreed to stay on as Director of Football & Player Development. He will remain part of the team’s daily practices and meetings, and his new job description seems fairly similar to the role he served as Gase’s coordinator. Gase said keeping him in the fold is “extremely helpful.”

At 37, Loggains comes in as more of a peer. Gase, 40, was his boss in Chicago in 2015 as well, when he was the offensive coordinator and Loggains was the quarterbacks coach. They clicked that year, and that relationship has continued over the past two and a half months as they’ve dissected what went wrong with Miami’s offense last season and how to get it firing this year.

“Dowell knows exactly what he needs to do, what he needs to get done and where I kind of fit into this whole equation,” Gase said.

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