4 Miami Dolphins player attributes that I’m thankful for

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The Miami Dolphins knew exactly what they were doing when they brought in Mike McDaniel and his big brain.

To me, Mike McDaniel is getting the least amount of praise for how the Miami Dolphins are playing. That’s usually how it goes. Naturally, the players get all the publicity and the coach gets mentioned a little bit.

But McDaniel is truly the straw that is stirring the drink in South Beach. Mike McD, who was only interviewed by the Miami Dolphins, is putting teams’ and opposing defense’s minds in pretzels trying to figure out ways to stop them. It has been so much fun watching McDaniel out-think, mostly, everyone he has faced.

We knew it was going to be fun with McDaniel as the head coach based on all the footage we watched of him talking to the media. We saw all the clips of him in San Francisco and we thought it was great. He’s been the same guy in Miami.

We knew he was smart based on how different and effective the 49ers’ running game was but we didn’t know he can morph into the passing genius that he clearly looks like he is.

Sure, having Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle helps but when are we going to stop saying that every time we mention anyone that’s not Hill or Waddle? At some point, McDaniel needs to be thought of as the guy putting these guys in the position to make all these plays.

And you can’t talk about McDaniel’s brain without talking about how he has developed Tua Tagovailoa. Tua is legitimately in the MVP conversation. That wouldn’t have happened if Flores dumb staff were still here. That wouldn’t have happened if the majority of coaches on Earth were coaching the Miami Dolphins. It was Mike McDaniel and what he saw in Tua and what he knew he can unlock in him that has jettisoned Tua to where he is today. For that, I am very thankful.