Fox expects Loggains back as Bears' offensive coordinator

Though he didn’t quite slam the door on a change, Chicago Bears coach John Fox indicated he won’t fire offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.


He said Thursday he expects Loggains to return next season.

“Yeah,” Fox. “I think as I mentioned before, when you guys were asking me about reports and whatnot, a lot of things change. Players will change, coaches change.

“It’s not like I’m going to make changes. It’s just the nature of the beast. I don’t know if there will be a long line at 3-12 right for coaching opportunities, but stranger things have happened.”

His answer was in line with comments he made three weeks ago after a report that defensive coordinator Vic Fangio could be on his way out because of philosophical differences with the coach. Fox said at the time that he wanted his staff to return.

Loggains has come under scrutiny in his first season as offensive coordinator and second year as an assistant in Chicago, with the Bears struggling to score and at times going away from the run.

“No one second-guesses himself, even you guys, as much as I do,” he said. “You’re very critical of what you can do better.”

The Bears rank 13th in total offense after finishing 21st a year ago under Adam Gase. But the yards haven’t translated into points, with Chicago 28th in scoring.

Another area of contention is the run-pass balance.

With Jordan Howard rushing for 1,178 yards and just 60 shy of Matt Forte’s club rookie record in 2008, the handoff has been an effective option for the Bears. But it’s one they don’t always use.

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