By Chris Emma—
(CBS) Two days after Adam Gase was named head coach of the Dolphins, the Bears have a replacement at offensive coordinator.
Coach John Fox opted to stay in-house at the position, promoting quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to be the Bears’ new offensive coordinator. Loggains was the top candidate all along and the only coach considered for the role.
“Dowell played a critical role on our offense last year,” Fox said in a statement.
“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.”
Loggains was instrumental in the development of Jay Cutler, a quarterback Bears general manager Ryan Pace expressed “extreme confidence” in building an offense around. Promoting his position coach to offensive coordinator can be considered a sign of that faith.
The Bears brought Loggains to Chicago with the endorsement of Cutler, who will be on his sixth coordinator in eight seasons with the Bears. Keeping continuity with Loggains is important for the team.
“As I mentioned at the end of the season, our systems are in place,” Fox said. “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.”
Loggains spent five seasons with the Titans, including two as offensive coordinator. He had served as quarterbacks coach of the Browns for a season, prior to coming over to Chicago.
Now, the Bears must find a replacement for the quarterbacks coach position.