Dolphins agree to terms to make Mike McDaniel head coach

Event Name: NFC Wild Card Playoffs - San Francisco 49ers v Dallas Cowboys
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The Dolphins have found their new head coach.

According to multiple reports, Miami is working toward a deal to hire 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel.

McDaniel and Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore were both slated to have interviews with the Dolphins over the weekend as finalists for the job.

Once the deal is confirmed, McDaniel, 38, will be the first minority hire at head coach in the 2022 cycle. McDaniel is biracial; his father is Black.

The 49ers will receive two third-round compensatory draft picks for McDaniel being hired as a head coach.

McDaniel has worked alongside 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan for much of his career. He was a Texans offensive assistant from 2006-2008. And after a stint in the UFL, McDaniel was 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 2015-2016 in Atlanta before becoming the 49ers run game coordinator when Shanahan became San Francisco’s head coach.

The Dolphins fired Brian Flores on January 10 after three seasons.

With McDaniel headed to Miami, the Texans and Saints are the two remaining teams with head coaching vacancies.

UPDATE 6:22 p.m. ET: The Dolphins announced they have agreed to terms with McDaniel to make him their head coach.

90 responses to “Dolphins agree to terms to make Mike McDaniel head coach

  1. And maybe we’ll have an offense that’s not high school caliber for once. No revolving door at OC, no dual OCs, and develop your QB.

  2. Moore is a good OC but not ready for HC. Good to have continuity back, and the refs bringing in new blood…. Even playing field is all one can ask.

  3. Would seem like you’d want a guy best suited to develop a young QB, but who knows, maybe he’ll be great.

  4. PROOF the Dolphins are a racist organization. They fired a black man only to hire a bi-racial one.

  5. How about we feel he is the best man to lead the team moving forward. Who cares if his dad is black, come on guys how in the world is things ever going to move forward with articles like this. Enough already!!

  6. Since he’s only biracial, does that mean the 49ers only receive one compensatory pick?

  7. I think most GM’s want to bring in the person whom will accumulate the most wins leading to a Super Bowl. Otherwise both of them will be unemployed regardless of race.

  8. Good hire but have to wonder in the back of youre head if the Dolphins did this to discredit the Flores lawsuit for racial discrimination by hiring another minority.

  9. I’m not so sure if this Pete Davidson look alike will cut it. I can’t wait for the SNL skits now though.

  10. I am so happy about his hire, I could cry tears of happiness!

    Thank you Mr Ross we finally got our guy!

  11. Mike as a Dolphins fan let me be the first to say – “Welcome aboard the Titanic.”

  12. Do the Dolphins play the Raiders next season? It would be a McDaniel versus McDaniels matchup.

  13. Good hire but have to wonder in the back of youre head if the Dolphins did this to discredit the Flores lawsuit for racial discrimination by hiring another minority.
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    Not sure why, if the dolphins are so racist, they’d hire Flores to begin with. This is all so silly.

  14. People. The mentioning of his ethnicity is brought up for two reasons. 1. The 49ers will receive two 3rd round picks and 2. It’s brought up because they are in the middle of a scandal regarding letting Flores go, whom is African American and is accusing the Dolphons of racial discrimination. Yes, I’d prefer not having race brought up but under the circumstances, both reasons above are football related.

  15. Why does his race matter? Why is this a bar only a small percentage of Americans care about?

    As a Phin fan, I can only hope he has the ability to put together a offensive and defensive staff. That he understands establishing a foundational franchise identity is a must. And that he can develop all the youth currently on the offensive side side of the ball. Primarily the offensive line and a offense Tua can operate efficiently in.

  16. How wrong is it that a team receives compensation if a minority is hired? How is that not racist?

  17. The 49ers get 2 3rd round picks for hiring a man with a black father and no picks for his mother. That’s very interesting since there aren’t any women coaches in the NFL at all. You’d think that if the 49ers get 2 3rd round picks for his dad then they’d get picks for his mom too. I’m not sure what the NFL is doing anymore. But there are women coaches in the NFL now and the first one that gets promoted to another team will have the team she’s been promoted from going wait a minute we spent four years training her she’s the only woman in that position and we get nothing.
    Yeh this is going to get real interesting.

  18. buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56 says:
    February 6, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    I think most GM’s want to bring in the person whom will accumulate the most wins leading to a Super Bowl. Otherwise both of them will be unemployed regardless of race.

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    The Dolphins just proved they want to hire whoever will kiss up to Ross the best. If McDaniel can do that he will fit in well. Winning games doesn’t figure into it.

  19. As a Dolphin fan I’m disappointed we won’t have a few more offensive coordinators this season. What will it be like to have an OL coach with experience? And what will happen to Tua when he actually knows whose calling the plays?

  20. thurmanmerman99 says:
    February 6, 2022 at 6:22 pm
    Something else for screaming A Smith to whine and cry about all week. Boycott ESPN

    55 23 Rate This

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    Completely agree with you. He will go off on some racist rant about being only half and the injustice of it all.

  21. January 2025 – Pro Football Talk

    After 3 disappointing seasons, the Dolphins have decided to part ways with head coach Mike McDaniel.

  22. ghjjf says:
    February 6, 2022 at 6:32 pm
    I wonder who they will hire 3 years from now as is the Dolphins tradition under Ross.

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    Well if he can build on and develop the current roster, we should expect immediate results. Now what expectations should we set? Another mediocre season or 2 at 9-8 or 10-7 and making no playoffs? That good enough?

    We understand its good enough for some, but the Miami fan base is sick of the next year syndrome setting in around November. That isn’t a Ross problem, that is a coaching problem.

    Ross wanted Stadium upgrades. He got it, paid for it. His coaches wanted certain FA players and for him to open his wallet, he’s done it. All those brand spanking new facilities bought and paid for by Ross.

    Miami just needs to put the soap opera behind itself and get ready for the draft. Sign its own FA like Ogbah and Gesiki.

  23. Thanks for the update on his heritage as it has a lot to do with him being a good coach or not.

  24. Not sure hiring an Offensive Coordinator that wasn’t truly the OC is a good call. McDaniel was an integral part of the run game in general, however he didn’t draw up the gameplan or call the plays. This will be a boom or bust move, but I feel it is more of a loss to the 49ers than it will be a win for Miami. Good luck Mike

  25. As a 49er faithful, let me assure you, you got a really smart guy who will be sorely missed. Our loss, your gain. Still trying to figure out why he would take the job but when there are only 32 openings to begin with and it will surely mean more money for him and the chance that maybe his ridiculous owner gets bounced, then it could work out him and the team.

  26. He is really smart but reeeaaally quirky. Watch videos of him on YouTube… I don’t know how he’ll fare as a HC. Seems more like the expert side kick to a more natural leader HC.

  27. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    February 6, 2022 at 6:59 pm
    The 49ers offense is just ok … what was so special about it?

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    Think it’s an offense that doesn’t emphasize the QB. Might work in Miami.

  28. I think everyone agrees we want coaches hired on merit, not on RACE, CREED, COLOR or RELIGION… and we want great coaches, players, management and ownership. Can we agree that his DNA does not matter? But can we also agree there are problems with some TEAMS in the NFL and how they conduct business?

  29. >purplengold says:
    >February 6, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    >there is only one race

    I don’t know about that. {just kidding, I know what you mean}
    Personally, I would HIRE Mr. Spock to be the head coach of my team… being half human and HALF LOGICAL… that is all I would ask for in a coach. I would only question HALF the times Spock went for it on 4th down.

  30. It’s a QB league. The teams that get the best play from their QB win the most games. You really have to be dominant in other areas if you don’t get elite QB play. Should be interesting to see how the new coach handles that position. I’m sure he’ll get lots of advice.

  31. Are we sure this is okay with everybody because s he’s only bi-racial as the article states? i mean why get only a half qualified person.

  32. As to Jac1216’s comment- I truly feel the same way but according to fritz pollard ,the ROONEYS IN PITTSBURGHand,NAACP, THEY WANT THE HIRES !!! They don’t care about the quality they want quantity . If they truly wanted to advance fairness in the league they would have programs in the NFL for minorities at entry level assistant coaching jobs to promote more minority hires in lower level coaching for more of them to climb the latter instead of putting them on the roof !!!

  33. As a 30 year season ticket holder I finally said enough of this. For 2 decades we have hired rookie head coaches and have seen one playoff game. When your so called owner comes out and tells his paying customers that his college is more important then his paying fans, well enough is enough. I will watch the games for free on tv. Not one more penny till Ross and his useless sidekick are gone

  34. Not BuyingIt says:

    “We understand its good enough for some, but the Miami fan base is sick of the next year syndrome setting in around November. That isn’t a Ross problem, that is a coaching problem.”

    Actually that is a Ross problem because he’s the common denominator.

  35. This is all so racist because racism no longer exists. Everything, everywhere in this country, including the NFL, is totally equitable and inclusive. Also, Black people were never enslaved, marginalized, discriminated against, or otherwise disadvantaged. Always had a level playing field. The NFL has never had a color barrier regarding players, at head coach, GM, Quarterback or ownership.~

  36. Let the man have his moment before you make up your mind? Certainly more promising than Kellen Moore. He’s coached in plenty of big games of which Kellen Moore could not say. This had nothing to do with race btw. The Miami Dolphins are highly, highly dysfunctional but they lead the pack in diversity and inclusion efforts on and off the field. That said, all the fans want is a winner. I wish him the best. Don’t take what is most likely the proudest moment of his life and say “it was about his skin color and optics”. That’s BS.

    Go Dolphins.

  37. What color is he, does he wear a mask, and is he fully vaccinated with a booster? I could care less about his football credentials.

  38. Does the Fritz Pollard Alliance congratulate or condemn the McDaniel, Miami Dolphins and the NFL on the hire?

    They can’t have it both ways.

  39. absolutevisuals says:
    February 6, 2022 at 7:54 pm
    Not BuyingIt says:

    “We understand its good enough for some, but the Miami fan base is sick of the next year syndrome setting in around November. That isn’t a Ross problem, that is a coaching problem.”

    Actually that is a Ross problem because he’s the common denominator.

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    When the Owner tells you NO on certain plays or no on your wants for your staff, that is a Owner problem.

    Expecting your HC to act like a HC, is a owner problem.

    A HC unable to live up to the expectations of the job and tread mediocrity? Is a HC problem. If anything using your reasoning, no OC or DC should ever rise up to the HC seat. Because that is the only metric you can stand on with Ross. All of his hires from Philbin to Gase to Flores were ill conceived and poor judgment. So if thats the common denominator, I whole heartedly agree.

    Maybe he should of brought in Pederson or Caldwell?

  40. Another Black coach in the NFL. Now people can stop whining. Why is everyone calling him biracial? Obama was never called it, nor is Patrick Mahomes or several other biracial players and famous people. They are all called Black.

  41. ‘his father is Black.’
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    OH, So his Mother gets exclude because she is not… That’s some messed up logic…

  42. Not BuyingIt says:
    February 6, 2022 at 6:49 pm
    Why does his race matter? Why is this a bar only a small percentage of Americans care about?
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    Good grief.

  43. I hope they stick with him for at least five years, dude is a whiz, but young. Give him time Miami!!

  44. Pack your bags Tua. This guy knows what good offense looks like and he will soon figure out who the weak link is. That would be you.

  45. If he can at least get this run game off the ground then I’m all for it. Running the ball well would take a lot of pressure off of Tua and he needs that for a legitimate shot at developing. Flores never shook off the clown show that is Miami. He enveloped it with his spotty offensive acumen and rotation of QBs all 3 years. One thing Is for sure, the two OC system will be thrown out the window. That was about as good of an idea as hiring Urban Meyer. Everyone knew it, even the couch potatoes on this site. Curious/excited to see what he does with the staff.

  46. But but….he doesn’t call plays. Shanahan does. I thought that disqualified an OC as a head coach. Or at least it did when your name is Eric Bienemy.

  47. I was surprised the Vikings didn’t interview him. The Vikings offense is the great grandfather to the 49ers offense. McDonald could have upgraded the offense and provided some conceptual continuity. Although the same can pretty much be said of O’Connell. The Shanahan-McVay tree is alive and well.

  48. Good Luck and best wishes Mike McDaniel. Im going to miss your press conferences. I wouldn’t work for the Dolphins, but you got this. You will lead the ‘Fins to good heights.

  49. Were the 49ers top 5 in total, passing, rushing, or scoring offense? Did they make it as far as they did on the strength of their offense? This makes a lot of sense .. SMH!

    But Bienimy can’t get a HC job. I don’t know if he would be any good as a HC, but he deserves a shot based on the strength of his offense over the last 3 years.

  50. farvergnugen says:
    February 6, 2022 at 6:52 pm
    buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56 says:
    February 6, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    I think most GM’s want to bring in the person whom will accumulate the most wins leading to a Super Bowl. Otherwise both of them will be unemployed regardless of race.

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    The Dolphins just proved they want to hire whoever will kiss up to Ross the best. If McDaniel can do that he will fit in well. Winning games doesn’t figure into it.

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    No, the Dolphins just proved they want to hire someone who won’t change OC, O line and QB coaches every year, who doesn’t start badly every season, who doesn’t claim to have a “God given talent to coach”, who doesn’t drive players like Minkah, Van Noy et al away and can actually devise an offence.

  51. Don’t know much about his coaching ability, but he was great in “Revenge of The Nerds”…

  52. Now trade him back to the 49ers for those two 3rd round picks and hire Jim Caldwell like you should have in the first place.
    A disaster from a football and PR standpoint. When the team needs a steady veteran coach to get them through all this drama they hire a guy with no head coaching experience, and OC who didn’t even call the plays because Shanahan really ran the offense.
    I guess if you can’t pay the coach to lose, you hire one that can lose for free.

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