New York Jets: Thoughts on the hiring of Dowell Loggains

Dowell Loggains (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
Dowell Loggains (Photo by NFL via Getty Images) /

The New York Jets hired Dowell Loggains to be their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. We give some thoughts on Loggains here.

Brant Boyer has been retained as special teams coordinator. Gregg Williams is the new defensive coordinator. One major coordinator was left for the New York Jets to hire.

Cross that off the list. The Jets have announced that Dowell Loggains has been hired to fill the role of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

Loggains has worked twice with Gase, first in 2015 with the Bears as quarterbacks coach and last season in Miami as the offensive coordinator.

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After sitting with the concept for a couple of days, here are my thoughts on the hire.

First of all, Adam Gase must be allowed to have his judgement trusted here. He’s the coach, whether we like it or not.

With that, he was able to bring in someone that he has worked with before. His friends and former staff are loyal, and when you are loyal you are going to work hard.

It’s simply human nature.

But now we can look at the output from this coach and take our best guess as to the potential result.

In 2015, he worked with Jay Cutler in Chicago and yes, Cutler had a career low of 11 interceptions.

He did, however, have seasons of 12 and 14 interceptions. One could argue it wasn’t a huge step up.

Fast forward to 2018 when he joined Gase in Miami as the offensive coordinator. We looked at Gase’s offenses in Miami, but let’s review 2018. They ranked 28th in DVOA and posted their lowest rank in yards per game during Gase’s tenure, ranked 31st.

Yes Gase called the plays as he did in Miami. It will be the same arrangement in New York. Loggains also was and will be a big part of game planning.

Is that a good idea? It’s hard to say.

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Hiring Loggains shows that Gase doesn’t feel he needs to change the philosophy at all. That could be problematic.

Was it the players he had to work with, or was it the scheme? That is the unanswered question that will determine if this is a good move.

One could argue that the Dolphins had more talent than the Jets, with the likes of Kenyon Drake and others. Should Loggains have been able to get more out of these guys?

The bottom line is we have to see what the roster looks like after another Mike Maccagnan off-season.

Then we will find out once and for all, is Loggains a good offensive coordinator that just needed good players, or is he not so good and it doesn’t matter what the roster looks like?

Time will tell and it is a defining answer when it comes to Jets success, or lack thereof.