Mike McDaniel is not a “quarterback whisperer”. If you are hoping that he will undoubtedly be the key that unlocks Tua Tagovailoa’s true potential, you may be setting yourself for disappointment. It is easy to fall in to that trap when you have an under performing QB and an offensive guru is brought in to be the leader, but McDaniel has specialized primarily in the run game.
That is not to say that his presence won’t benefit Tagovailoa, however. The Dolphins’ offense has been notably limited over the course of Tua’s first two seasons in the league, and because of the limitations, the jury is still out on what his ceiling is. The offensive line has been putrid, and the lack of a running game has hurt any progress in crucial development seasons for the young quarterback. But with a couple of veterans added to the front line and an innovative running scheme in place, the only place for Tagovailoa to go is up.
Many will point to the shortcomings of Jimmy Garoppolo as evidence that McDaniel isn’t going to elevate Tua’s play to the next level. That will be an unknown until the season actually starts, but the truth about it is that McDaniel was able to get that much out of his offense despite the issues that plagued the QB position for the 49ers.