Bears add QB and LB coach

The Chicago Bears have added Dowell Loggains (quarterbacks) and Glen Pires (linebackers) to the coaching staff.

LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement with Dowell Loggains (quarterbacks) and Glenn Pires (linebackers) to join their coaching staff.

Dowell Loggains (quarterbacks coach)

Dowell Loggains has seven years NFL coaching experience including four as a quarterbacks coach and two seasons as offensive coordinator.

In 2014, Loggains was the quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. Under Loggains tutelage, the Browns finished the 2014 season with 3,678 passing yards, 10th most in franchise history. Their 7.33 yards per attempt this past year was highest for the franchise since 1992. Their 21 pass plays of 25 or more yards were tied for the second most by the franchise in the last 21 years and the most since 1995.

From 2008-13, Loggains was on the coaching staff of the Tennessee Titans, including serving as offensive coordinator in 2013 and during the final five games of the 2012 season. In 2013, the Titans jumped out to a 3-1 start as starting quarterback Jake Locker had a 99.0 passer rating, before injuries derailed his season. Locker finished with an 86.7 passer rating in seven starts (4-3 record).

From 2010-12, Loggains was the quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator of the Titans, working with Kerry Collins, Vince Young, Matt Hasselbeck and Locker, a first-round pick in 2011. The Titans’ 4,113 passing yards and 84.4 passer rating in 2011 are both sixth-highest in franchise single-season history. In 2010 he helped Kerry Collins post the third-best passer rating of his career (82.2) and Vince Young register the highest passer rating of his career (98.6).

Loggains joined the Titans in 2006, working as a coaching administrative assistant for two seasons before being named a quality control coach in 2008, a role he held for two years.

Prior to his time in Tennessee, Loggains spent the 2005 season as a scouting assistant with the Dallas Cowboys. His duties included assisting with opponent film breakdown, self-scouting and statistical analysis to be used in game-plan preparation.

Loggains has worked with several successful NFL coordinators during his time in the NFL, including Sean Payton, Norm Chow, Mike Heimerdinger and Chris Palmer.

The Newport, Ark. native was a four-year letterman as a quarterback and holder at the University of Arkansas, where he appeared in 50 games. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in education. He was a two-year starter at quarterback for Abilene Cooper (Texas) High School.

Loggains and his wife, Beth, have two daughters, Reese and Aven.

Glenn Pires (linebackers coach)

Glenn Pires has 30 years coaching experience at the collegiate and NFL level including 19 seasons in the NFL. He has spent 24 of those 30 years coaching linebackers, including the last seven as the linebackers coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

In 2014, under Pires’ tutelage second-year Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow was fifth in the NFL with 142 tackles.

During the 2013 season Pires helped Worrilow, who was an undrafted rookie free agent, lead the Falcons and tie for 11th in the NFL with 127 tackles. That year, Worrilow recorded 19 tackles in back-to-back contests (November 3 at Carolina and November 10 versus Seattle), tied for the most in any game by a Falcons player since 1994 according to STATS, LLC. That season, Pires also helped Joplo Bartu another undrafted rookie finish third on the team with 85 tackles while adding eight tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks.

In 2012, the Falcons primary starting linebacking combo of Sean Weatherspoon, Stephen Nicholas and Akeem Dent combined to tally 309 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 passes defensed, five sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

During the 2011 season, the Falcons finished sixth in the NFL in rush defense (97.0 yards per game) and second in opponent red zone scoring efficiency (78.7 percent, 37 scores in 47 drives).

In both 2009 and 2010, the Falcons defense finished 10th in the NFL in rushing defense, yielding 105.9 and 106.8 yards per game, respectively. Pires helped linebacker Curtis Lofton earn All-Rookie honors from Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly in 2008 after he finished with 108 tackles, the second most by any NFL rookie.

Pires came to Atlanta from Miami where he spent five seasons on the coaching staff working as assistant linebackers coach (2007), defensive quality control coach (2005-06) and assistant defensive line coach (2003-04). During that time he worked with Pro Bowl linebackers Zach Thomas and Joey Porter and Pro Bowl defensive ends Jason Taylor and Adewale Ogunleye.

Before his time in Miami, Pires spent two years (2001-02) as linebackers coach of the Lions. From 1996-2000, Pires worked as the linebackers coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

In the collegiate ranks, Pires coached at Syracuse (graduate assistant, 1983-84; defensive line, 1989-90; outside linebackers, 1991-94), Dartmouth (defensive line/linebackers coach, 1985-88) and Michigan State (outside linebackers/recruiting coordinator, 1995).

He started his coaching career as an assistant at Melrose High School (Mass.).

The New Bedford, Mass. native was a four-year letterman along the offensive line at Springfield College (Massachusetts), earning his bachelor’s in education in 1980. Pires and his wife, Lynn, have one daughter, Jackie and one son, Michael.



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