5 things Miami Dolphins fans have to be thankful for in 2022
2. Mike McDaniel
We had no earthly idea who Mike McDaniel was at this time last year, and neither did every other coach-needy team in the NFL during the last hiring process. The Dolphins were the only team to grant the former 49ers assistant coach an interview of any kind, and the hiring was certainly questioned throughout the offseason.
The skepticism was understandable. McDaniel had no head coaching experience at any level, and wasn’t one of the more notable names on the market. The team would be dealing with the fallout of the Brian Flores lawsuit, a situation that could prove detrimental to a rookie head coach.
But McDaniel has not only installed an offense that is one of the most explosive in the league, but he has brought an entirely different culture to the locker room, one that has in turn resulted in the second-best record in the AFC through eleven weeks. He has passed every test thus far, and if it weren’t for the job that Nick Siriani has done with the Eagles, McDaniel would likely be the front-runner for the Coach of the Year award.
Much of Miami’s early-season success can be accredited to the new man in charge. Who knows where we’d be today if Brian Flores was still at the helm.