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    Two Steps Back

    ... is one step forward with the franchise O/L as they hired Jeremiah Washburn back from you guess it, Da Bears, along with bring in Dowell Log Gains, as their O/C. Why not just keep Cutler for another season too? For now, though, let's look at Washburn's bio under his pic on Da Bears website, with him still wearing Dolphins gear. In it, he appears to be too skinny for it but it says he played G at Arkansas, finishing his collegiate career in 1999. Did you ever wonder why they always call NFL players' and coaches' college daze their "careers," while the rest of us don't get that appellation? Here, the grist of it

    15 years of coaching and scouting [this is important in reference to Fins history of picks and choices over the years] experience at the NFL level with the

    • Miami Dolphins (2016,)
    • Detroit Lions (2009-15,)
    • Baltimore Ravens (2003-08,) and
    • Carolina Panthers (2002).

    He also spent two seasons with the University of Arkansas as a graduate assistant, of course. Washburn spent last season as the Dolphins Assistant O/L coach [as] Miami's line paved the way for the third most rushing yards by a Dolphin RB in single-season history, helping Jay-A-Jay-I rush for over 200 yards three times in 2016 against Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

    Prior to that Washburn spent seven seasons with the Lions as Offensive Assistant (2009-12) and O/L Coach (2013-15). In 2014, the Lions won 11 games, the most for the franchise in a single season since 1991 in spite of using seven different starting lineup combinations due to injury. Guard Travis Swanson was named the team's Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. In Washburn's first year as their O.L.C. in 2013, he 'helped' Detroit rank second in the league in fewest sacks allowed (23), second in sacks per pass play (3.5%) and tied for first in percentage of negative offensive plays (6.9%).

    Darryl Loggins

    Dowell Loggains Biography

    [Last year's was] his second season as the Bears O/C after being promoted to the role after working the 2015 season as Chicago's QB Coach. Overall, he has nine years NFL coaching experience, including three seasons as O/C and five as QBC.

    In his first season as O/C, the Bears ranked third in franchise single-season history in gross (4,139) and net passing yards (3,969) and second in passing first downs (212) despite starting three different QBs,

    • Matt Barkley;
    • Jay Cutler;
    • Brian Hoyer.

    The Bears also saw improvement over last season in,

    • yards per game (356.5),
    • yards per play (5.9),
    • rushing yards per play (4.57),
    • passing yards per game (248.1) and
    • sacks per pass attempt (5.01%).

    The Bears' 5.9 yards per play ranked fifth in the NFL in 2016 while their 4.57 rushing yards per play ranked sixth and their 5.01% sacks per pass attempt ranked eighth. The Bears also tied for fifth in the NFL in explosive plays (plays of 10+ yards) with 230.

    Under Loggains, rookie RB Jordan Howard finished second in the NFL in rushing with 1,313 yards, the most rushing yards by a rookie in club history. Receiver Cameron Meredith became the first undrafted player to lead the Bears in receptions since Tom Waddle accomplished that feat in 1993 (44), finishing the season with 66 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns.

    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, Chris Palmer, Kyle Shanahan and Adam Gase.

    The Arkansas native was a four-year letterman as QB and Holder at the University of Arkansas, where he appeared in 50 games. He graduated with a Master's in education. He was a two-year starter at QB for Abilene Cooper (Texas) High under the legendary Randy Allen who ranks among the winningest active high school coaches in Texas with over 325 career victories.

    Loggains and his wife, Beth, have two daughters, Reese and Aven, and one son, Ryne.

    No word on his family branching from legendary rock star Darryl Loggins, who his mother might have been, or why she names him Dowell. But these guys don't look like the Bjorn losers Foerster / Christensen previous Fin O/C / O.L.C.'s turned out to be, to say nothing of Wanny. And that's good 4 me.

    Dave W, grabbing his hair

    So for now in retro-speak I didn't see anything wrong with the new offense the Fins unrolled last season other than, they didn't always execute it. Players in brawls, Cutler with bad games, penalties at inopportune moments had their share of play along with the loss of V/J to Denver. I sure hope he comes back to coach the Fin's D because Burke hadn't always make the necessary adjustments in step with the progress of the game, according to Chucky.
    Last edited by Gundermerikan; 01-06-2018 at 05:24 PM.

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