INDIANAPOLIS -- Adam Gase thinks he left Jay Cutler in good hands.
Gase, currently the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, heartily endorsed the Chicago Bears' promotion of Dowell Loggains from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. It's arguably Chicago’s most important offseason move to date considering Gase's impact on Cutler in just one year on the job.
“It's a great dynamic [between Loggains and Cutler], I know that,” Gase said at the NFL combine. “I always loved going around those two guys and kind of seeing the banter between them. When they hit the field, there's something special there between those two guys and the way they work together and the way they communicate. It'll be a great situation for Jay.”
The Bears like to spread credit around for Cutler’s resurgence in 2015, but Gase is largely responsible (after Cutler himself) for the positive changes in Cutler’s game and approach. After years of often excellent play followed by bouts of questionable decision-making, Cutler, 32, consistently flourished in Gase’s system, posting a career-best 92.3 QB rating and passing for 3,659 yards with 21 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions.
The key for Loggains -- the former offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans for one-plus seasons -- is keeping Cutler engaged and calm during adverse moments. Cutler never seemed to panic last year in tight spots, a testament to not just the quarterback's growth but also to Gase’s steady and confident demeanor on the sideline.
Cutler trusted and respected Gase from the moment John Fox’s coaching staff took control last January. He has to have the same attitude toward Loggains if the offense is going to succeed in 2016.
Gase is confident that will happen.
“That offense is in great hands,” Gase said. “I mean that whole coaching staff is top-notch. I enjoyed working with all those guys, but those two guys together, they'll be able to keep that system going. They'll be able to keep that continuity going.”