3 things Mike McDaniel must improve on for next season
By Matt Serniak
Mike McDaniel is smart. But being too smart for your own good is no good.
Sometimes doing the boring thing is the way to go. Sometimes doing the thing that goes against what is the overall strength of the team is actually the way to go about business.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that Mike McDaniel has to drop the ego just a little bit, not be as stubborn and run the ball a bit more.
I have an ego. Mike McDaniel has an ego. Anyone good at anything has an ego but here and there we need to be checked and told “hey you can’t just coast. You’re not going to outthink the game every week.” McDaniel needs to understand that.
We saw during that epic five-game losing streak in December and January plenty of occasions where McDaniel should have run the ball much more than he did. We saw it when the Dolphins were running all day on the Bills up in Buffalo in December, and we saw it in New England when Skylar came in for Teddy Bridgewater. We saw it all season.
I get why McDaniel chose to keep the running game in his back pocket. He had Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle and getting them the ball as often as possible is what the identity of the team was. But when the running game is working or when you have backup quarterbacks in the game, you need to lean on Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr.
What made it worse was after every game Miami lost, McDaniel would say that he needs to run the ball more. I don’t have to explain how frustrating that is to hear only for him not to run the ball the following week.
McDaniel is a real Piccaso when creating strong running attacks. This off-season. he needs to develop the offensive line more and get the right backs in the backfield to take a little bit of pressure off of Tua and the receivers. Hill and Waddle will still be the focal points of the offense, but a reliable plan B needs to be in place to give balance to this team.