Super Bowl Sunday is a reminder that Miami Dolphins are getting closer

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 17: Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins walks down the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images) /

Miami Dolphins fans may not like or care for two of the three executives in charge of the franchise but they are a big key in what happens with the team next.

Mike McDaniel suffered rookie head coaching moments in 2022. His ability to challenge plays wasn’t very good. A lack of discipline on offense needs to change. Abandoning the running game too early allowed defenses to stop his passing game.

Is McDaniel innovative enough for a head coaching job? In 2022 we saw a lot of what could be the Dolphins’ offense but make no mistake the Dolphins finally had an offense that could score points and at times it seemed, at will.

There were things that were out of McDaniel’s control. There will be things out of his control next year but he should be better equipped to handle them.

Chris Grier doesn’t elicit a lot of support and faith from the fans. His draft classes are batting below .500 but when he hits (Holland, Wilkins, Phillips) he hits home runs. The problem is he misses quite a bit as well (Igbinoghene, Jackson, Eichenberg, Long). Will that change?

Probably not but McDaniel should have more input into the draft this year and that should help the team’s growth.

For all of those fans that would put Stephen Ross on a spit and roast him, you have to give him credit for one thing. He really wants to win and that desire has him shoveling truckloads of money to anyone who he and the rest of his staff believe can get him a Super Bowl victory. Is it working? No, but money can buy a lot and it is at least better than having an owner who won’t spend a dime. It’s because of this the Dolphins are competitive and should be again next year.