One thing is for sure with coach Adam Gase, if he doesn’t like something, from players to coaches that are part of his staff, etc. he’s got the freedom to continually change it. For now.
On Friday afternoon, Gase and the team unveiled the multiple changes on his coaching staff for his upcoming third season, including the official announcement of Dowell Logains, as the new Fins offensive coordinator.
Meanwhile, in the moves, Clyde Christensen, who’s been Gase’s offensive coordinator the first two seasons in Miami, has been demoted to essentially a non-coaching position. The Dolphins announced Friday that Christensen is staying in newly created role of “director of football and player development.”
Here’s more on the moves from the Miami Herald Friday:
Dolphins’ shuffled offensive staff comes into focus. Here’s how it will work. https://t.co/TAvutHTe4F
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) January 19, 2018
As Bealsey reports, he will continue to assist the coaching staff on offense, including Loggains, but in terms of actually coaching, instruction one on one or in a meeting room , that appears over.
Gase and the Dolphins brass did not specifically comment on the extent of Christensen’s new duties and teams are no longer forthcoming on what they pay or don’t pay assistants, etc.
So, who really knows if there was a pay cut involved, etc.?
However, it’s likely Christensen, who’s had a 22 year career with the Bucs, the Colts and now, the Dolphins and is one of the nicest guys you could meet in coaching, will continue to make at least the same money to continue his duties. And obviously, he wanted to continue in Miami in this role or Christensen would be gone.
As for Loggains, he told Beasley Friday about having worked under Gase in Chicago, “We have a common vision for how we think. We see football the same way, quarterback play the same.”
The top priority currently, is determining whether to keep QB Jay Cutler or go with Ryan Tannehill, who missed all of 2017 off ACL surgery.
In addition to bringing in Loggains, Miami will retain Jeremiah Washburn, as offensive line coach. Washburn took over after the Chris Foerster drug video fiasco that led to his resignation in the middle of last sesaon.
Although the Dolphins haven’t made it official, Eric Studesville will be the new running backs coach coming over from Denver, where, wait for it…..he worked with Adam Gase a few years ago, too.
Also, in the staff shuffling, Shawn Jefferson is promoted to a new position, as assistant head coach for offense and Ben Johnson is promoted up to receivers coach to replace Jefferson.
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