Bears hire Ragone as QB coach

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The Chicago Bears have hired Dave Ragone as their quarterbacks coach. Ragone takes the place of Dowell Loggains, who was promoted to offensive coordinator when Adam Gase left to become the head coach of Miami.

Ragone has four years NFL coaching experience, including spending the 2013 season as the Tennessee Titans quarterbacks coach. He joins the Bears from Washington where he spent the 2015 season as an offensive quality control coach.

In 2015, Ragone worked on an offensive coaching staff that helped Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to the fifth highest passer rating in the NFL (101.6), including a 29:11 touchdown to interception ratio and an NFL-best 69.8 completion percentage.


Bears Long named as Pro Bowl replacement

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Chicago Bears third-year OT Kyle Long was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl today replacing T Jason Peters, who is unable to participate due to injury. He is the first Bears offensive lineman ever to receive the honor in each of his first three professional football seasons.

The 2013 first round draft pick (20th overall) is the first Bears player since Brian Urlacher (2000-02 seasons) to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three professional football seasons and the seventh Bears player to accomplish the feat overall.


Bears hand OC reins to Loggains

The Chicago Bears reacted quickly to Adam Gase’s departure to Miami as head coach, naming former QB coach Dowell Loggains to the offensive coordinator’s position.

Loggains was credited in part, along with Gase, with helping to improve QB Jay Cutler’s productivity. Cutler posted a career best 92.3 passer rating during the 2015 season. Cutler’s 64.4 completion percentage (311-of-483), 2.3 interception percentage and 7.58 passing yards per attempt were all second best of his NFL career and his 11 interceptions were the fewest in a season in which he appeared in at least 15 games.

Loggains has eight years NFL coaching experience including two seasons as offensive coordinator and five as a quarterbacks coach.

“Dowell played a critical role on our offense last year,” Bears head coach John Fox said.  “He’s an excellent coach with experience as a play-caller and a broad knowledge of offensive football.  He has earned the respect of our players because they know he can help them get better.

“As I mentioned at the end of the season, our systems are in place.  We will always look to evolve because the NFL is fluid and adapting is key to good coaching.  Dowell will help us build on what we started as we head into the 2016 season.”