Miami Dolphins Week 1 Bold Predictions:
Mike McDaniel is the first Dolphins head coach to win his first game since Nick Saban
This prediction is essentially “The Dolphins will win”, which is hardly bold, but it is a nice little tidbit about Mike McDaniel that we can be excited about.
The coaching carousel that Miami has been through over the last two decades is enough to make heads spin, and very few of them have gotten off to hot starts. In fact, the six new-hire Dolphins head coaches (non-interim) have all lost the Week 1 games of their inaugural season at the helm.
So who was the last Miami Dolphins head coach to win his first game?
You’d have to go back to the legendary Nick Saban all the way back in 2005, and it was quite an impressive showing, actually. Miami played a great game all around, scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to seal a victory over the Denver Broncos, who would go on to win 13 games during the regular season. The Dolphins stumbled after the opening contest, starting the season with a record of 3-7, but finishing with 6 straight victories to secure a winning season.
Hopefully McDaniel lasts longer as a head coach. Saban had a respectable 15-17 record during his two years as the head man, but left to build a college football dynasty at Alabama. But no matter what happens down the road and in the future, McDaniel can match Saban in this one important category this coming Sunday.