Dolphins announce deal with Mike McDaniel

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It’s official: The Dolphins announced they have agreed to terms with Mike McDaniel to make the former 49ers offensive coordinator their new head coach.

McDaniel and Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore were finalists for the job, with both interviewing over the past two days.

It took the team nearly a month to find a new coach, having fired Brian Flores on Jan. 10.

McDaniel, who identifies himself as multiracial, becomes the fourth minority head coach in the NFL. Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin is the only Black head coach. Commanders coach Ron Rivera and Jets coach Robert Saleh are the other minority head coaches in the league.

The 49ers will receive two third-round draft selections — one in 2022 and one in 2023, as compensation under the Rooney Rule for developing a minority assistant coach.

McDaniel has spent much of his career working for Kyle Shanahan. He was a Texans offensive assistant from 2006-08 and an offensive assistant under Shanahan in Washington from 2011-2012 before becoming receivers coach in 2013. He followed Shanahan to the Browns in 2014 as the team’s receivers coach. Then, he was an offensive assistant for Shanahan from 2015-16 in Atlanta before becoming the 49ers run game coordinator when Shanahan became San Francisco’s head coach.

The Texans and Saints are the two remaining teams with head coaching vacancies.

16 responses to “Dolphins announce deal with Mike McDaniel

  1. No surprise the Saints and Texans are still open…
    The 2 worse jobs that have major red flags so anyone who gets hit will be set up to fail…

  2. Hold up. McDaniels did NOT call plays in San Francisco as the offensive coordinator. He’s only 38. He hasn’t put in the same amount of time as Eric Bienemy as a coach. The 49ers haven’t had the same level of success as the Chiefs. Why is it a knock that EB doesn’t call plays again?

  3. At least the Dolphins can be smart and build a running game now to help its defense and QB. Could McDaniel try to bring in Mostert from the Niners ?
    They still have to upgrade the line.

  4. He will not make it a year once the new owner gets in he is gone just like the broncos job

  5. All these new style HC hires… But the last 10 superbowl winners have been as old-school as it gets:

    Coughlin, John Harbaugh, Carrol, Belichick, Kubiak, Pedersen, Reid, Arians.

    Harbaugh was the youngest at 51.

  6. All these new style HC hires… But the last 10 superbowl winners have been as old-school as it gets:

    Coughlin, John Harbaugh, Carrol, Belichick, Kubiak, Pedersen, Reid, Arians.

    Harbaugh was the youngest at 51.

    The streak will be broken this year.

  7. All these new style HC hires… But the last 10 superbowl winners have been as old-school as it gets:

    Coughlin, John Harbaugh, Carrol, Belichick, Kubiak, Pedersen, Reid, Arians.

    Harbaugh was the youngest at 51.

    What about this year?

  8. The next SB winning coach will be under 40. Coach Flores was getting progress out of the Fins. McDaniel seems to fit the profile, if he can get along with Ross he’ll do well.

  9. singularitynow says:
    February 6, 2022 at 11:00 pm
    All these new style HC hires… But the last 10 superbowl winners have been as old-school as it gets:

    Coughlin, John Harbaugh, Carrol, Belichick, Kubiak, Pedersen, Reid, Arians.

    Harbaugh was the youngest at 51.

    ————————-

    Pederson was 50, I think BB was 49 when he won his first one. Both HC in Superbowl this year are under 40. Arians was along for the ride and comic relief in press conferences. HC Tom Brady was 43 when he won his last Superbowl.

  10. A few things about this hire seem odd to me but let’s start with the teams in need of a HC. All these teams interviewed about 10 candidates each so that’s a lot of prospects. Of all those teams other than the Dolphins how many interviewed McDaniel? Answer = zero. Nobody. My hope is this dosen’t matter but how do you hirer an offensive coordinator that was not even in charge of calling plays at his previous job?

  11. The hiring of Mike McDaniel as head coach only proves that Stephen Ross is in tank mode again. And, he can tank without offering any bribes.

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