Vision has been a trendy buzzword this off-season. Whether you’re buying the foresight that Adam Gase is selling, or you subscribe to the notion that his vision is as clear as Stevie Wonder’s, the message has reverberated through his coaching staff.
Dowell Loggains was hired to Gase’s stuff from the Chicago Bears rekindling a previous working-relationship. No strangers to 20-hour days together, they developed a relationship like that of a married couple. Understanding temperament, articulating thoughts and seeing the football team through the same lens, this relationship is as important as any on the team.
Loggains found himself in front of the microphone on Saturday after day-two of rookie mini-camp in Miami. Although the beat writers did their best to spread the questions judicially abound the roster, the quarterback remained the focus.Here are the key-points from the Loggains presser:
Dolphins Live: Offensive Coordinator Dowell Loggains meets with the media. https://t.co/ymjiFDfMlK
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Loggains entertained a question about his initial impression about the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback by alluding to two reference points:
1.) The 2016 tape
2.) The 2017 OTA tape
Loggains made note of the first year in any scheme and how a player can’t play with full confidence and command. The jump he noticed just in the OTA tapes from 2017 was a guy that was in command and communicating Adam Gase’s vision for what he wants this offense to be.
Ryan Tannehill, in Loggains’ words is, “a very intelligent player that works his ass off. He loves football, and I didn’t know that until I got here. He can really sling the football.”
Getting the offense out of bad plays and into good ones, Tannehill is now teaching the offense opposed to learning it, per Loggains.
As for what type of offense they want to run, a hurry-up, tempo-based offense is the ideal picture. However, for a team that has so many talented wide receivers and has operated almost exclusively as an 11-personnel scheme, they want to be as flexible as possible.
Loggains mentioned that the draft may have changed their vision in regards to getting more tight ends on the field. “It allows us to be more flexible with 13, 22 and 12-personnel groupings,” Loggains said. The more groupings Miami can showcase, the tougher they are to defend.
One of the things that attracted Loggains to Miami was the talent at the skill position. The incumbents (Kenny Stills, Devante Parker and Jakeem Grant) can all do different things, and the new guys bring a workman-like attitude to the game.
Interesting to point out, Loggains referred to both Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson as veteran guys that will show the young players how to do things the right way. Amendola is 32-years old with a pedigree of success. Wilson is a fifth-year pro, at age 25, that is just beginning to find his footing.
The key for Loggains, he says, is how to get all of these guys involved in a way that capitalizes on what they do well. “Adam is famous for that, staying up late and finding out ways to get each guy involved,” Loggains said.
Another player noted for his veteran leadership was the “surly” Josh Sitton. “He’s surly, he’s going to speak his mind and lead by example. The way he finishes a block in practice shows the young guys how it’s done.”
Ultimately, Loggains echoes the idea perpetuated on this blog that this offense is going to be a week-by-week study that capitalizes on versatility and the ability to disguise concepts in various packages.
He wrapped it up with another ode to Ryan Tannehill mentioning, “his ability to attack 53-and-a-third, the ability to push the ball down the field, he can make all of the throws.”
This is what Coach Loggains means by the ability to threaten 53 and a third. Far hash, field-side 30-yard throw to the perimeter on a frozen rope. pic.twitter.com/Gn9UQdzTJT
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Matt Burke is the polished vet between the two – at least in terms of tenure in Miami. He spoke in a concise, perhaps more dismissive, manner than Loggains did.
Very little about Burke’s period was revealing or refreshing in any way. He started off talking about the defensive tackle rotation and how Miami will replace Ndamukong Suh.
They play an attacking, aggressive style of defense where they want guys chasing the football.
“Asking a defensive tackle to do that 60 times a game is going to wear him out, so whoever starts or doesn’t, they’re all going to play. We expect a jump out of Jordan [Phillips] and Davon [Godchaux] and we got some good work out of Vincent [Taylor] last year too.”
The story is the same at the defensive end position. The wide-9, the experience with new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, they’re committed to this scheme and filtering guys through to keep them fresh.
Speaking about the linebackers, Burke confirmed that they want Raekwon McMillan as the MIKE linebacker with Kiko Alonso filling out one of the other spots. The third position was kept open to competition, giving rookie Jerome Baker every opportunity to earn a lot of playing time early on.
Our relentless pursuit of more dime packages appears to have paid off. Asking Minkah Fitzpatrick to prepare both as a deep safety and in the nickel signals the use of “Big Nickel” and ushering a third safety onto the field as needed.
All things told, Loggains’ presser was more entertaining and more enlightening. Together, however, they gave us a primer into OTAs and what we can expect to see from a pacing, stylistic, and personnel standpoint.
There are a lot of new working-parts on this football team. It should make for an interesting summer.
Dolphins Live: Defensive Coordinator Matt Burke meets with the media. https://t.co/2LJ6ldjQhy
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 12, 2018