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Who is new Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains?

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The Dolphins are, once again “shuffling the deck” to find some answers on offense. And this time. coach Adam Gase has gone to a former coach under him to try to assist.

Word broke Wednesday night that Gase is hiring former Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, for the same position in Miami. Loggains will replace Clyde Christensen, who will apparently be re-assigned on the offensive staff.

The fundamental questions are: exactly who is Loggains and what does his hire represent for the immediate future?

First, Loggains was not only the offensive coordinator and play caller for John Fox with the Bears the last two seasons, he replaced Gase in that role when he became the Fins coach. Loggains was previously the quarterback coach for Gase in Chicago in 2015, when, wait for it…… Jay Cutler was the Bears QB.

Loggains became available Monday when Fox was fired in Chicago.

Prevously, Loggains has been the QB coach of the Browns (we’ll slide right by that) and was also formerly the offensive coordinator and play caller in Tennessee for the Titans in for three seasons 2012-14.

He is a former backup QB at the University of Arkansas in college.

Now onto the second question:

Gase will still call the plays, but it’s believed that his lack of faith in Christensen’s game planning is the big motivation behind this move. It will be interesting, if Christensen, who has a 20+ year NFL career coaching QB’s and being an offensive coordinator previously in Indianapolis and Tampa Bay, will stick around.

The bigger “what if” is what happens now with Jay Cutler?

You don’t have to have a P.H.D to connect the dots that this move is also, in part, to see if Cutler will continue to play in 2018 with now, two guys, that he’s comfortable with from his Bears days.

And what does this mean for Ryan Tannehill, who for the second straight off season is coming off an injured ACL and facing an uncertain status, when training camp begins?

Time will tell, but for now, Adam Gase has the QB and the QB coach, he used to have in Chicago.

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  1. FinFan68

    January 3, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    I doubt it has anything at all to do with trying to keep Cutler. IMHO it is simply a weak move. This is typical of Gase concerning his coaching staff. The main attribute these guys seem to have is that they won’t be taking his job if things go sour. Gase needed to hire two competent coordinators to handle day-to-day teaching, instilling proper work habits and basic discipline…while Gase handles the big picture stuff and calls the plays (if he must). An experienced coordinator (even those with HC experience) can make a huge difference in how these players look on the field. Just look at Christensen getting demoted…and then staying on. That just proves there is a lack of ‘fire’ or that the OC position is a bit of a farce. My guess it is a little of both. If he is happy with that move then that is not a guy this fan would be comfortable with trying to motivate and improve the players. I don’t see a need for a system overhaul as was speculated in a different article. The offense clicked when 2 things happened…Gase had the confidence to make aggressive calls and the players actually executed at the same time. Much of the problem with the offense was players constantly screwing up something and then Gase lost confidence and went to basic vanilla stuff hoping they could get that right. Tannehill will help some as will instilling discipline and accountability from the HC down to the practice squad. If somebody keeps screwing up then they don’t start and their play time gets limited. Continue to screw up…healthy scratch. Same goes for poor attitude, being late for meetings or just not doing what they need to be doing. He did a good job last year in changing the culture but something happened and he stopped…or at least let things fester until it was too late. Gase can fix the team but he must fix himself first. Stop being afraid of hiring quality guys with a proven successful track record. The point is to obtain the best staff possible. McVay in LA wasn’t afraid to hire Wade Phillips and Gase shouldn’t be scared to do something similar. That said, I don’t know anything about Loggains other than I’ve never heard of him and he hasn’t been mentioned by any media at all considering the amount of vacancies throughout the league (including the Bears HC opening). He may be a fine coach (I really hope so) but it just seems like a comfort/familiarity move to me. If that is the case then Gase is not as confident as he seems to try to portray.

  2. Jeff

    January 4, 2018 at 8:26 am

    No way is cutler back retard

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Dolphins cornerstone player for 2018?

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It’s a pivotal year for the Dolphins, their head coach Adam Gase, their front office of Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier, and most importantly, QB Ryan Tannehill.

Miami is certainly taking a risk bringing back Tannehill off of missing all of 2017 with re-injury to his ACL. A risk, because they didn’t elect to make a play for a “quarterback of the future” in this year’s draft. This despite flirting heavily with the likes of Baker Mayfiled, and a player like Lamar Jackson being readily available for them, when they drafted at #11.

And, the Fins dealt away Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry for not much in return, because they didn’t want to pay him huge dollars. And then, with getting rid of fellow Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to save on the salary cap, the clear star or leader remaining is Tannehill.

And Tannenbaum, Grier and Gase are banking that he will be back to his 2016 pre-injury play of 2016 that put the Dolphins in position to make the playoffs.

Gase has made it no secret that they have made their decision and have built around Tannehill. As we wrote about early last month, the third year coach has repeatedly backed his QB, who’s about to play for his sixth season. Gase saying to SI.com’s Albert Breer last month:

“Just being around him (Tannehill), this being my third year, the guy competes as hard as anyone I’ve been around, especially at that position. And it’s a good feeling as a coach when we’ve got him back out there.”

And they hope to have at the level where he was, when he injured the knee in the week 14 home game with Arizona two years ago. Through 13 games, he had his highest completion percentage (67.5%), yards per attempt (7.7) and quarterback rating (93.5).

There are new veteran faces on offense like RB Frank Gore, and WR Danny Amendola, who both have years of winning and post season experience to bring to the huddle.

Still, in most NFL locker rooms, the QB is the “face of the franchise,” the leader and the one most scrutinized.

And Ryan Tannehill will be that for this fall.

He’s the foundation, for at least the start of this year, that Miami will try to build their fortunes.

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Dolphins moving eventually to new facility near Hard Rock Stadium?

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It’s not as earth shattering as a huge free agent signing or hosting a playoff game, but the fact that the Dolphins are close to moving locations from their current training complex in Davie to a more convenient one next to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens is a big deal.

The Miami Herald had the  details on Saturday:

From the Herald’s item, there is definitely some competitive interest in luring the Dolphins away:

Miami Gardens might defray the cost of security in and around Hard Rock Stadium to help seal the deal, and Miami-Dade County could amend the existing stadium renovation agreement that pays the Dolphins a bonus for hosting major events.

“Twenty-five years ago, the Dolphins moved their football headquarters from North Dade to Davie, and I’ve wanted them back ever since,” Miami Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan said. “When I heard Mr. Ross was considering a new $50 million practice facility in Broward, I knew we had to have a conversation about bringing this massive private investment to Miami-Dade. To me, it’s a perfect fit for our community and will bring a lot of economic activity to Miami-Dade.”

Added Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert: “From Top Golf to the Super Bowl, Miami Gardens has become a destination for world-class entertainment, and venues that attract visitors on a consistent basis are a critical component of economic development. Between the Miami Open and Miami Dolphins training camp, we can generate $100 million-plus in privately funded construction, hundreds of good-paying jobs, a significant boost to our tax base and new opportunities for residents to live, work and play. It would be great to bring the Miami Dolphins training facility back home to the 305.”

So, clearly there’s some “wooing” going on, and if Fins owner Stephen Ross is going to privately fund the new facility to the tune of at least $50 and maybe as high as, $75 million, then there is ample reason to try to lure them. Ross has already put over $500 million of his own money into a three year renovation of Hard Rock Stadium.

The Dolphins training adjacent to the stadium where they play or in the same complex area, is not uncommon. In the cases of Florida’s other two NFL teams: the Jaguars train adjacent to TIAA Bank Field, and the Bucs complex is across the street from Raymond James Stadium.

And, there are other examples of the Bengals, the Texans, and the Patriots who train either next to or in the same complex as where they play on Sundays.

The reality is that the new facility will not be ready for at least another two seasons, no matter where it’s located. Still, the convenience and new design will also be an asset for the Dolphins to attract players, too.

Now it’s up to the franchise to decide where and how soon, they want to build.

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DeMarco Murray retired or still in play for teams like Dolphins and Jaguars?

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On Friday afternoon, former Pro Bowl RB DeMarco Murray made an announcement on ESPN that he is “retiring” from the NFL. We put it in quotes, because we are skeptical that the 30 year old Murray is actually “retiring.”

Rather, he may have been using his opportunity as a guest analyst on the “NFL Live” show the last two days to essentially, create some buzz and perhaps an opportunity to sign on with a team later this month or as preseason gets underway.

First, here was Murray, who played for the Titans the last two seasons, making his decision, for now:

Now, one of the teams that Murray had serious talks with was the Dolphins. However, that was back in March and eventually, Miami chose not to sign him. Instead, they inked veteran and Miami native, Frank Gore.

Back to Murray, he also took a visit with the Lions, and after the NFL suspended Saints RB Mark Ingram for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, New Orleans contacted him.

However, the seven year veteran Murray refused to work out with a group of prospective running backs and the Saints.New Orleans elected to sign former Browns running back Terrance West.

An obvious “red flag” that has hindered Murray is his lack of 2017 production. Murray’s 659 yards in 15 games were the fewest of his career and his 3.6 average matched his career worst (his dreadful 2015 one year in Philly).

The other is that Murray may have “priced himself out” of an opportunity. He has been paid on average over $7 million the last three seasons with the Eagles and then, 2016-17 with the Titans. The Eagles originally gave him a five year $40 million dollar deal with a $5 million signing bonus in 2015.
The Titans traded for Murray the next off season and re-worked that deal giving him $12.5 million as a signing bonus to help their cap situation.

Now, despite what he announced, Murray could still have value to a team. In the Dolphins case, not only did the they sign Gore, but they drafted running back Kalen Ballage in April. So, unless Gore is injured, Murray is not as needed.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars have second year power back Leonard Fournette, who will be the primary ball carrier, but they let veteran Chris Ivory go and he signed with the Bills. Jacksonville also has backup T.J. Yeldon, who filled in well for a couple of games with Fournette either injured or on a one game suspension.

Still, Murray could be a veteran that helps the Jaguars, if they want and he would agree to a lesser deal than what he’s been making.

And there are obviously more teams that may have an injury during camp or preseason that could call Murray, too.

Then, we’ll find out if his “retiring” in early July is for real.

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