MIAMI — He entered the interview room following Tuesday's voluntary organised team activity.Mike McDaniel was more like a commercial for high-end athleisure rather than a football coach. He wore a gray sweatshirt with matching sweatpants and yellow Yeezy sneakers.
McDaniel, as Miami enters Phase 3 of offseason trainings, has become a popular social media user for his fashion senseHe is well-known among his players and for his ability to build relationships with them. His skills as an offensive guru were his first assignment in February. However, his intelligence seems to be more than just X and O.
Receiver: “He's a player coach.”He played for the McDaniel was offensive coordinator last season. He's a friend and can be talked to by players. He will never push you aside or make a big deal of you. … He's sharing his honest thoughts with everyone here. That's why Mike is my favorite player.
In the first week of April the Dolphins started their offseason training program. McDaniel, his staff and the foundation were laid for their new offensive system.
Miami made it a priority this offseason to add playmakers, and traded for receivers(League-best 20 touchdowns of 50+ yards or more since 2016). The Dolphins signed receiver Who showed? With Dallas last season, as well as running backs In 2021, runs of 54 yards and 40 yards are possible (Top speed 22.73 mph According to NFL Next Gen stats, he was the fastest ball carrier in three seasons.
The Dolphins also signed offensive linesmenThey will switch to an attack which is expected to include a lot of stretch running plays, zone blocking and creativity.
McDaniel explained that once the team has completed their drill and film work, it will be able to start building a foundation for when training camp starts in July.
“Realistically you need guys who are committed to getting better, and you want them to establish how they're going to do business,” he stated. “We had two voluntary minicamps as well as… our second OTA. It was important to me that you don’t take shortcuts in this business. We must position ourselves to ensure that we can practice and operate at the highest level possible in order to achieve our goals.
Miami finished at 9-8 and missed the playoffs for the fifth time in 2021. The day after the season ended, Coach Brian Flores was fired by Stephen Ross.It is a deciding factor. McDaniel is a product of an innovative coaching family that produced Kyle Shanahan (49ers), Sean McVay(Rams), and Matt LaFleur (“Packers”) as head coaches. He was hired to fix the offense that ranked 25th last season and to revitalize the locker room.
His players have been raving about him in both of these areas. McDaniel has been very light and focused in practice. He held a putting competition during conditioning drills this offseason. He also implemented a practice player of the week award. This award includes a practice jersey and full control of the music playlist for the next practice.
Cornerback: “I think that he's doing an amazing job of just bringing all of us together.”said. “In team meetings, he'll tell some jokes or just funny things, and show stuff on film. All of that is good for building camaraderie within the team.
Without a system in place, camaraderie will only get a team far.
Although there will not be tangible evidence that McDaniel's plans are working, the offensive players love the new approach.
“It's completely different offense, as San Fran's film will show,” says second-year offensive tackle lineman.said. It's simply different. New coaches, new style, new scheme. [I'm]Trying to improve each day, learning the offense as best I can.
Needham said: “We all feel this energy, and it just feels different this year for sure. We don't know what the future holds, but we just want it to keep going. It's amazing to see what he does here.