“Dowell played a critical role on our offense last year,” head coach John Fox said via a press release. “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 joined the Bears last season as quarterbacks coach when Fox was brought on as new head coach. He had previously served as quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, while also serving as offensive coordinator of the Titans from 2012-13.
“As I mentioned at the end of the season, our systems are in place. … Dowell will help us build on what we started as we head into the 2016 season.”John Fox — Bears head coach
Gase’s departure was widely expected, even before the 2015 season began. He was a hot commodity on the rise a season ago and was interviewed by the San Francisco 49ers for their head coaching vacancy last offseason. After Gase led Jay Cutler to one of his best seasons as a pro — career-high 92.3 passer rating, lowest interceptions-per-game average, and second-highest completion percentage — Gase’s stock rose even higher.
Even with some big-named coordinator candidates on the market — like former Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt — the Bears chose to promote Loggains to maintain continuity and elect a leader who works well with Fox and Cutler.
“As I mentioned at the end of the season, our systems are in place,” Fox added. “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.”