3 myths that the Miami Dolphins need to bust in 2022

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Miami Dolphins Myth #1: McDaniel will struggle in the first season

While some have proved the notion to be incorrect, there is a certain stigma around first-year head coaches in the NFL. There is a serious learning curve no matter of a guy’s previous experience, and inaugural seasons are full of trials and tribulations and even abject failure in many cases.

Miami Dolphins’ new head coach Mike McDaniel will be facing all of those obstacles as he attempts to prove himself worthy in 2022, perhaps even more than your average first-time leader.

McDaniel was not a hot commodity on the coaching carousel this offseason. In fact, Miami was the only team that seemed to have any interest in the young offensive guru that is highly regarded by his peers. Whether it is because of his lack of experience or his nerdy appearance that lacks the stereotypical “football intensity”, the Dolphins are seen as taking a leap by giving him a chance to lead a talented football team.

He can help to quell the harsh expectations by getting his team off to a good start. The first few weeks of Miami’s schedule promises to be a treacherous one, but there is a noticeable drop-off in the quality of opponents during the middle of the season. If McDaniel can buck the recent trend of slow starts by the Dolphins and lead the team to a winning or perhaps an even record by Week 5, then they’ll have a good chance at making a run at the playoffs.

He may not be a favorite to get his team to the Super Bowl this season, but Mike McDaniel would likely be seen as a savior by the fans if he is able to lead the team to an elusive playoff appearance in his first season at the helm.