The Chicago Bears have named Dowell Loggains offensive coordinator.
In 2015, Loggains was Chicago’s quarterbacks coach, helping QB Jay Cutler to a career-high 92.3 passer rating. Cutler’s 64.4 completion percentage (311-of-483), 2.3 interception percentage and 7.58 passing yards per attempt were all second best of his NFL career and his 11 interceptions were the fewest in a season in which he appeared in at least 15 games.
Loggains has eight years NFL coaching experience including two seasons as offensive coordinator and five as a quarterbacks coach.
“Dowell played a critical role on our offense last year,” Bears head coach John Fox said. “He’s an excellent coach with experience as a play-caller and a broad knowledge of offensive football. He has earned the respect of our players because they know he can help them get better.
“As I mentioned at the end of the season, our systems are in place. We will always look to evolve because the NFL is fluid and adapting is key to good coaching. Dowell will help us build on what we started as we head into the 2016 season.”
In 2014, Loggains was the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. Under Loggains tutelage, the Browns finished the 2014 season with 3,678 passing yards, 11th most in franchise history. Their 7.33 yards per attempt in 2014 was the highest for the franchise since 1992. Their 21 pass plays of 25 or more yards were tied for the second most by the franchise in the last 21 years and the most since 1995.
From 2008-13, Loggains was on the coaching staff of the Tennessee Titans, including serving as offensive coordinator in 2013 and during the final five games of the 2012 season. In 2013, the Titans jumped out to a 3-1 start as starting quarterback Jake Locker had a 99.0 passer rating, before injuries derailed his season. Locker finished with an 86.7 passer rating in seven starts (4-3 record).
From 2010-12, Loggains was the quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator of the Titans, working with Kerry Collins, Vince Young, Matt Hasselbeck and Locker, a first-round pick in 2011. The Titans’ 4,113 passing yards and 84.4 passer rating in 2011 are sixth and seventh-highest in franchise single-season history, respectively. In 2010 he helped Collins post the third-best passer rating of his career (82.2) and Vince Young register the highest passer rating of his career (98.6).
Loggains joined the Titans in 2006, working as a coaching administrative assistant for two seasons before being named a quality control coach in 2008, a role he held for two years.
Prior to his time in Tennessee, Loggains spent the 2005 season as a scouting assistant with the Dallas Cowboys. His duties included assisting with opponent film breakdown, self-scouting and statistical analysis to be used in game-plan preparation.
Loggains has worked with several successful NFL coordinators during his time in the NFL, including Sean Payton, Norm Chow, Mike Heimerdinger, Adam Gase and Chris Palmer.
The Newport, Ark. native was a four-year letterman as a quarterback and holder at the University of Arkansas, where he appeared in 50 games. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in education. He was a two-year starter at quarterback for Abilene Cooper (Texas) High School.