Mike McDaniel to Tua Tagovailoa: My job is to get greatness out of you

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The Dolphins appear to be all-in on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Miami posted a video to social media on Tuesday of new head coach Mike McDaniel talking to Tagovailoa from the private jet taking him to South Florida to begin his new job. McDaniel vocalized his excitement to work with the young quarterback.

“We’re going to have an extensive professional relationship, my man,” McDaniel told Tagovailoa. “One thing I know about you is you have the ambition to be great. My job is to coach you, to get all that greatness out of you. And it’s going to be fun, man. It’s going to be work, but I know you’re not afraid of that. So this is an awesome day for me and I’m damn sure going to make sure that when you look back on this day, you’re going to be like, ‘Damn, that was one of the best days of my career,’ too. OK? But I’ll earn that from you. You got me?”

McDaniel then turns to the camera and says, “Since you can’t hear him, he’s telling me how excited he is and that there’s no other coach he’d rather play for in the entire world, which I thought was nice since that’s the first time I’ve really talked to him.

“It is an unbelievable opportunity for me that I do not plan on wasting in the slightest. I can promise you that. I’m all in. You’re going to get the best out of me that you can possibly get.”

Tagovailoa completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,653 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the 13 games of his second season. He also rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns.

The Dolphins won eight of their last nine games to finish the 2021 season 9-8. But with McDaniel’s offensive scheme, the club surely hopes Tagovailoa can become its undisputed franchise quarterback going forward.

65 responses to “Mike McDaniel to Tua Tagovailoa: My job is to get greatness out of you

  1. I’m not so sure about this idea of head coach as quarterback whisperer. They have a guy called a quarterbacks coach, and he is paid a hefty salary to coach… quarterbacks. The head coach is supposed to be the coach of the whole team.

  2. Might as well, though he didnt get the greatness out of Jimmy Gee

    Needs to focus on building a running game.

  3. Did I miss the part about needing four new starters along the offensive line, an NFL-caliber running back, two more receivers in addition to Waddle and a tight end to help?

  4. A lot of this is for show but I do think that he’ll get more out of Tua than Flores was able to. Flo had no impact what so ever on his career. If Tua is going to shake off his rocky NFL start I think this coach can help.

  5. That’s the right thing to say…hope this choice works out because Flores was pretty impressive.

  6. All Flores did was destroy Tua’s confidence. This coach has to be an improvement, at least from Tua’s perspective.

  7. Nobody does a presser better than McDaniel. This guy will excel at the next level. Some players called him the brains behind the entire Niners offense

  8. With what’s shaken out over the past few weeks, it’s hard to imagine Tua being in a worse situation than he was with Flores. Hopefully, McDaniel can create an environment, relationship and coaching staff that will help Tua reach his potential…….

  9. Does anyone care that a Super Bowl is being played on Sunday? Sure doesn’t seem so. The only thing getting less attention is the Olympics.

  10. sosayweall says:
    February 8, 2022 at 12:32 pm
    That’s the right thing to say…hope this choice works out because Flores was pretty impressive.

    ——-

    Said nobody, ever.

  11. Let’s give it a chance, the dude’s probably emotionally scared after dealing with all the Flores craziness…

  12. Greatness for any QB starts with a good offensive line, which the Dolphins haven’t had for decades!

  13. Fins offensive line is very young and a work in progress. With the right coach and a little work it could easily become the strength on this team. There has not been an O-line coach of any quality in forever ago. McDaniel will recognize the weaknesses quickly and focus corrections there 1st.

  14. I think this kid is going to be great for the Phins. He seems to be really smart and has a great football mind, lets give him year or two.

  15. It’s the Dolphins, he will be fired in 3 years. Coaching carousel will continue until the process changes, that won’t change until Ross is out.

  16. I just hope since he retained a vast majority of Flores defensive staff, that he can go in and evaluate the dog poo along the oline.

    Austin Jackson is going into year 3 of his rookie contract. He was kicked inside to LG and was the 2nd worst rated LG in the NFL. Center was a revolving door of chaos and RT….oh man RT, Jesse Davis, had NO business being a NFL starter. None.

    Sign Gesiki and Ogbah to extensions.

    Last but not least. Do. NOT. Pull. Gesiki (if he returns) every other play.

  17. After all these years people still don’t get that short quarterbacks that can’t see over the o-line, can’t stay in the pocket or with limited mobility and athleticism when they do run, limited arm and not being able to throw it more than 10 yards don’t work in this new offensive driven NFL. Didn’t we just see the last four playoff games and the shootouts that it took to move on?

  18. Uplifting speech but Mike McDaniel left out the part of needing 4 new starting offensive lineman and at least one or more wide receivers to compliment Waddle so the defense can’t stop the entire offense.

  19. So Ross what happen to the whole next head coach will decide who the qb will be. Sounds like a crock! Your lies are catching up with you! Karma karma karma!

  20. McDaniel is a great coach. He’s the one that turned the Niners run offense into such a potent weapon.
    A great run game allows a quarterback to have the time to pick apart defenses.

    As a NIners fan, losing McDaniel hurts.

  21. So it wasn’t racism, they wanted a hc that could fit with Tua, and Flores didn’t fit the bill. Despite ending strong, the big picture was, they felt their best path forward was through the QB.

    It also makes sense, since we got reports that the higher ups above Flores were linked to Tua, and Flores wasn’t.

    Two competing strategies, one the coaches and one management/ownership and the head coach is going to lose that one every time. Nothing in that shows racism.

  22. After all these years people still don’t get that short quarterbacks that can’t see over the o-line, can’t stay in the pocket or with limited mobility and athleticism when they do run, limited arm and not being able to throw it more than 10 yards don’t work in this new offensive driven NFL. Didn’t we just see the last four playoff games and the shootouts that it took to move on?
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    Not sure about Tua being able to throw it down field but plenty of short QBs have made it big. Ever heard of Brees, Wilson, Young…All HOFamers (or will be).
    Besides, McDaniel will get the most out of the run game and setup Tua to pass.
    You guys should hold the judgement on this team for another year or so.

  23. Well owner Stephen Ross knows how to promote. He has more than 60 Billion dollars in real estate development worldwide. However when you can’t choose the correct franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert opting for Tua it’s hard to figure on the correct player acquisitions being made. Stephen Ross and GM Chris Grier have a lot of failures to their record in player acquisitions. Mostly on the offensive line and not getting a true franchise QB in Tua.

  24. Mike Shanahan’s system for the run game made superstars out of average runnning backs in Denver, and his son Kyle did the same for Cleveland and the 49ers. Don’t know why everyone is giving McDaniel credit for the run game, wishful thinking I guess after how terrible the Dolphins line and Myles Gaskin were last year. Miami needs to draft a QB or pick one up in free agency since Tua can’t last 16 games let alone 17. First three picks need to be OT, RB and QB, not necessarily in that order.

  25. “But just in case, I’m trading for Garoppolo…”

    Wouldn’t that be funny? It won’t happen since Garoppolo will be a starter for some team next year.

  26. Flores never supported Tua, publicly or privately. Give Tua support and see what he can do. Jimmy G isn’t great, but he did take them to 2 NFC Championship games.

  27. Didn’t this guy just coach a quarterback who threw a potential game-winning interception in almost every game he played at the worst possible time? And the only reason why they won is because they had a great defense and a running attack? This whole thing seems like a one big joke

  28. Tua isnt all that good. I would not hang my hat on him if I was the new coach. If you do you go down with him.

  29. Everything is cool when you’re 0-0. When they have the inevitable early season stinker that a lot of teams have when they get torched and Tua throws a pick-6, people will complain that McDaniel is too buddy-buddy with Tua. You can never win with the media.

  30. Dolphin fan here.

    Wasn’t sold on Tua before the draft, but I like his personality. I also think Flores did him no favors.

    Wasn’t sold on McDaniel at first, and I am beginning to like him.

    But one thing is for sure, I hope these guys excel to shut the naysayers, who are very vocal about how much these guys will fail (or how young McDaniel looks), up.

  31. First move by McDaniel is to bring Garoppolo over to Miami… a given being that he knows the system and can help improve Tua’s game. My money is on Jimmy G being Miami’s starting QB next season.

  32. Dolphins fans…….You have a small spark of the 49er flame. Check your pulse if you’re not pumped up.

  33. Before Dolphins fans blame the offensive line for Tua’s performance, remember that Joe Burrow is playing behind a bad offensive line and is in the SB. He was sacked 9 times in the divisional round of the playoffs. Tua needs to take the next step this year, no more excuses. He has weapons on offense to throw for 4000 yards.

  34. Charmin says:
    February 8, 2022 at 4:43 pm
    First move by McDaniel is to bring Garoppolo over to Miami… a given being that he knows the system and can help improve Tua’s game. My money is on Jimmy G being Miami’s starting QB next season.
    —————————————————————————————————————-
    Really? You think Jimmy G is going to help improve Tua’s game? Tua had a similar completion percentage/TD vs INT ratio and similar number of fumbles. Tell me again why they would trade/pay Jimmy G when they have so many other areas that are in need of immediate improvement?

  35. The good thing is Miami has more money to spend in free agency than any QB in the league and with this coach being well liked around the NFL it will be easier to get players to play in Miami. And I’d be surprised if they don’t trade a corner Jones or Howard to get another pick in this draft. With two firsts in 2023 the Dolphins have options if Tua struggles.

  36. Miami running game? I think the last time I heard that phrase uttered was… well before my time…. And I’m 48!!!!

  37. McDaniel is going to get greatness out of Tua?
    So he’s not even going to give Tua a chance to be the starter and instead has made up his mind that Tua is going to be a back-up; the only way to get greatness out of him?

  38. That sounds like the same mission Bruce Arians had when he went to Tampa Bay to get the greatness out of Jameis Winston.

  39. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    February 8, 2022 at 5:35 pm
    Before Dolphins fans blame the offensive line for Tua’s performance, remember that Joe Burrow is playing behind a bad offensive line and is in the SB. He was sacked 9 times in the divisional round of the playoffs. Tua needs to take the next step this year, no more excuses. He has weapons on offense to throw for 4000 yards.

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    The 2021 Miami Dolphins line rated out as the absolute worst offensive line in the league. With a LG that graded out as the 2nd worst LG in the league and a RT who was a absolute disaster and graded out in the dumpsters.

    It was so bad Miami had to make the RPO a mainstay and frequent focal point of their offense. As Peyton Manning said in a tape breakdown, it basically takes away half the field for the QB. He then commented on just how bad the offensive line was.

    Tua, unlike Joe in CINCI, hasn’t had any support on his side of the ball. None. They switched systems and OCs like you change a 2 yr olds diaper. Absolutely no continuity no development no real identity or philosophy on offense the past 3 years.

    Tua will get 2022 to make his case. Miami is sitting on 2 #1s in the 2023 draft and will have the ability to move for a QB if needed.

    The only weapons that Miami can count on are Waddle and Gesiki. Parker is hurt and takes a yearly pilgrimage during the season to rest his injuries. Albert Wilson is just a guy who has never been consistent. Isiah Ford jumped around on different teams and practice squads. Will Fuller played 2 Quarters on a fully guaranteed 10.6 mil contract. And I love Mack Hollins fire. But the guy belongs on ST and not the goal line offense.

    CINCI brought in and implemented a system for Burrow that he was able to play in, in consecutive years. Tua? He wishes.

  40. Naysayers will never stop. I read & heard all kinds of criticism of Mahomes after his team lost the title game to Cincy. If McD & Tua ever set the world on fire, don’t worry, people will find something wrong them. Maybe they will accomplish nothing. The point is, they gave a defensive guy a shot, he proved divisive. He’s gone, & now he’s suing the known world. Now here’s McD. It sure looks alot more promising, than the outgoing admin. If the Fins did nothing, & stayed with Mr Contention, people would have found fault with that. Best thing is, none of us in this comment section own an NFL Team.

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