NY Jets: Former OC Dowell Loggains hired by Penn State

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The NY Jets have undergone a near-complete coaching staff overhaul this offseason after two miserable years headed by former head coach Adam Gase. But one prominent member of the prior regime has landed a new job elsewhere.

Former offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is reportedly on his way to Happy Valley to join the Penn State Nittany Lions. Loggains will reportedly serve as an offensive analyst/consultant.

The 40-year-old spent the last two years with the Jets serving under Gase as his offensive coordinator. In two seasons with the Jets, Loggains’ offense ranked 31st and 32nd respectively in points per game.

And in both seasons in New York, Loggains and the Jets ranked dead-last in total yards per game. There has been no worse offensive team than the Jets over the past two years — and it hasn’t even been close.

Assuming Gase doesn’t join the Penn State staff, this will be the first year since 2017 that Loggains has not spent with his former head coach. In fact, that 2017 season is the only season since 2014 that Loggains and Gase have not spent together.

In five of the last six years, Loggains and Gase have been on the same coaching staff. Whether that was with the Jets, Miami Dolphins, or Chicago Bears.

Now, their long-tenured partnership is probably coming to an end.

The NY Jets moved on from Dowell Loggains in the offseason

After the firing of Gase, the vast majority of the 2020 staff was let go in the offseason. New head coach Robert Saleh decided to bring in his own staff, with the exception of a few holdovers such as special-teams coordinator Brant Boyer.

And the man he hired to replace Loggains is former San Francisco 49ers assistant Mike LaFleur who will succeed Loggains as the Jets’ new offensive coordinator.

Although he’s never been a coordinator before, it’s safe to say that LaFleur has a better reputation around the league than his predecessor. In the five years that Loggains has been an offensive coordinator, he’s failed to have an offense finish above 26th in points per game.

It’s pretty hard to imagine LaFleur being any worse.

Loggains has been coaching in the NFL in some capacity since 2008 when he joined the Tennessee Titans as their offensive quality control coach, but this will be his first job in the college ranks.

The Jets have moved forward into a new era and the same is true for Loggains and his career.

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Break out the celebratory challenge flags — Dowell Loggains has landed a new job.