The Miami Dolphins were noticeably flat offensively this season, having the twenty-fifth ranked offense this season. Former offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen and Miami head coach Adam Gase obviously could not get the best out of the unit, leading to the appointment of former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains to take the helm. Loggains is being brought in to help create and solidify an offensive scheme, while coach Gase will still call the majority of the plays from the sideline. So who is this young coach coming to Miami and why was he picked over many other qualified candidates?

Loggains entered the NFL in 2005, mostly working as a quarterback coach at various teams since. He was the quarterback coach in Chicago under Adam Gase in the 2015 season and was promoted to offensive coordinator when Gase left for Miami. Chicago was then led to a 3-13 record under coach John Fox, Loggains leading an offense with the worst turnover ratio in the league. With that said, Loggains did lead the fifteenth best offense in average total yards a game, with Jay Cutler at the helm.

The 2017 season was an odd one for the young OC. Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was trusted in the pocket and led the Bears to a 5-11 season, but Loggains was not able to call the plays he wanted, as the rookie QB did not know the whole playbook until late in the season. The Bears’ offense was ranked among the worst in the league because of this, ranking twenty-ninth in most points scored in 2017.

Although none of this seems promising for the new Dolphins coach, there is a bright side. When Gase and Loggains partnered in Chicago, Jay Cutler did well, with a pass completion of just under 65 percent, 21 touchdowns, 3,659 passing yards. This was great for a quarterback whose only credible target was Matt Forte out of the backfield, after star wide-out Alshon Jeffery missed most of that season due to injury. Being one of Cutler’s best seasons in a Bears uniform, credit goes to Loggains’ work with Cutler. Gase, the OC at the time, was also able to set up an offensive line that pulled its weight in gold which Loggains was able to use to make sure Cutler was extremely comfortable in the pocket.

Dowell Loggains was also able get a run game going, with Forte having a nearly 900-yard season on the ground. Forte is aging rapidly, and that season especially, constantly being injured and poised to leave Chicago at the end of 2015, which makes Loggains’ efforts even more impressive.

So why does this matter for the Dolphins? The Fins are having immense trouble unlocking the potential in Ryan Tannehill since he has arrived. There is talent in him, having a rocket of an arm and fast movement fleeing from the pocket and tossing it on the move decently. But he does need improvement with his downfield vision and awareness in the pocket, as he is often indecisive on field and one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league year in and year out. Loggains will be able improve Tannehill, allowing him to be comfortable in making smart, concise decisions while in the pocket and making sure his awareness is heightened.

Then there is the prospect of developing young tailback Kenyan Drake. Drake came into his own towards the end of the 2017 season, averaging the most yards of a running back in 2017 in his last five games started. Building on this moment, Loggains will be able to help craft Drake’s game, who is similar to Matt Forte in strength and quickness through the middle, making Loggains a perfect candidate to boost this Miami offense.

Paired with Gase’s play calling, Dowell Loggains should add creativity and unpredictability to the Miami offense, and will give the Fins a platform to raise their game to the next level. After a 6-10 season, the Fins need all the help they can get although it does seem Miami cannot get any worse with the talent they have on their team, but that may prove to be just a thought from Dolphin hopefuls.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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