Browns bring on QB guru Dowell Loggains as possible OC
On Thursday evening, the Browns added former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains to their coaching staff. Loggains is coming off his lone season as an NFL offensive coordinator, and his squad finished 19th in points and 22nd in yards amidst a litany of injuries to players such as quarterback Jake Locker and running back Chris Johnson (who played through a meniscus tear). The offense was improved from the season before, when Loggains was not named offensive coordinator until Week 13. What Loggains brings to the table, however, is not just an understanding of NFL offenses, but also a deep understanding of what it takes to succeed as a professional quarterback.
Loggains has been deemed by many as a quarterback guru - someone who can always get the most out of his team's signal callers. In 2013, Loggains helped a volatile Jake Locker make some serious strides as a passer, as he registered an 86.7 passer rating - quite a bit better than the 74.0 mark he posted in 2012.
The Browns currently have a horrible quarterback situation, with no promising players at the position on their roster. They do, however, have the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, which they will likely be able to use on a top quarterback prospect.
Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, to me, is the most intriguing quarterback for the Browns to draft. Consider the similarities between Manziel and Locker - they are both mobile with a knack for extending plays, and both have strong arms, but they are also inconsistent with accuracy and decision making. Loggains was able to help Locker really mature as a passer in 2013, and I would be interested to see what he can do with an even more talented prospect like Manziel.
Other options for the Browns at fourth overall will likely be UCF's Blake Bortles and Fresno State's Derek Carr. I'd be shocked if Lousville's Teddy Bridgewater was available at that spot.
Loggains' official title has yet to be decided, but he is a strong hire nonetheless. The Browns are looking for their quarterback of the future, and they have now brought in a bright young mind to help develop that quarterback. Loggains is expected to "at least" be the quarterbacks coach, and he is "in the mix" for the offensive coordinator job. The only other notable offensive coordinator candidate appears to be Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who would be an inferior hire to Loggains. The team has reportedly "moved on" from former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Perhaps the Browns, with so many recent blunders behind center, would like to have Loggains focus solely on quarterbacks, but he appears to be the best candidate for the offensive coordinator job at the this point.