OC Dowell Loggains declines to answer about Jets' play-calling saga
Jets offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains defers to Adam Gase when it comes to the play-calling situation.
Earlier this week, Gase said the play-calling is now "a collaborative effort" between himself and Loggains. In last week’s loss to Miami, however, it appeared Gase was calling the plays.
Loggains was asked Thursday if he called plays against the Dolphins and declined to answer.
"The head coach has addressed this and I’m not going to elaborate any more on it," he said.
Gase was the only play-caller before handing off those duties to Loggains before the Jets’ Week 7 loss to the Bills. Over the last couple of weeks, it seems as if Gase has been calling the plays again.
"I don’t want to get into specifics," Loggains said. "Coach already talked about this. Most game plans in most places I’ve ever been have been collaborative as far as different people are given different areas and different responsibilities."
Gase said earlier this week that he didn’t want to reveal too much because it would put the Jets at "a competitive disadvantage" if opposing teams knew who is responsible for what in-game situation. Loggains said they all have a voice.
"Everything gets chopped up, and as an offensive staff, you’re together and you’re going through all these things," he said. "Whoever’s calling the plays at that moment is irrelevant because everyone on the offensive staff has a voice in those things. You practice those things and go execute."
Lewis remains away
Left guard Alex Lewis remains out of practice for a non-injury- related issue. It’s believed to be disciplinary. Gase said the Jets will have an update on Lewis’ status by Friday.
Loggains came to Sam Darnold’s defense, calling him "a bright spot" and praising him for handling adversity the way he has.
"This kid’s the most mentally tough kid I’ve been around," he said. "There’s going to be a really bright future for Sam Darnold. He’s going to continue to get better with every rep he gets.
"In a tough season and a tough stretch of games, he’s been incredible as a teammate, as a leader, taking responsibility for everything that’s happened, probably carrying too much burden, but that’s a quarterback’s job. He’s more than willing to do that, but the team is going to be better because he does do that."
Frank Gore, who gained 74 yards on the ground last Sunday, has surpassed 500 rushing yards for an NFL-record 16 consecutive seasons.
Right tackle George Fant (knee/ankle) was limited in practice Thursday. He has a shot at returning Sunday after missing last week’s game . . . The Jets placed Blake Cashman (hamstring) on injured reserve . . . Defensive lineman John-Franklin Myers didn’t practice (not injury-related).
Rookie Mekhi Becton leads all AFC tackles in Pro Bowl votes . . . DL Folorunso Fatukasi is the Jets’ nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.