Dolphins’ Raheem Mostert says understanding Mike McDaniel’s offense gives him an edge

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Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert has a great deal of experience with new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel: Mostert spent five years in San Francisco while McDaniel was first the run game coordinator and then the offensive coordinator. Mostert says that experience will pay off.

Mostert explained precisely what McDaniel is going to need from his running backs, and it’s something Mostert did for years.

“It’s wide zone from a typical run scheme, but we do a lot of inside zone,” Mostert said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “There’s several different ways that we can attack the defense. When it comes to wide zone reads and stuff like that, you really have to just make your mark and that’s putting your foot in the ground and getting up field. You can’t just be a running back in the league; you have to also understand the blocking scheme, and if a lot of running backs tell you differently then they’re foolish on their part. With this offense, you definitely have to understand the blocking scheme and what the defensive front is and how the linebackers overplay the run and how do you counterbalance that.”

Mostert had one very good postseason in San Francisco, after the 2019 season, when he ran for 336 yards and five touchdowns in three postseason games. But his time with the 49ers is also remembered for an inability to stay healthy. At age 30, Mostert is closer to the end of his career, but McDaniel is still hoping a running back who understands the offense can make an immediate impact.

15 responses to “Dolphins’ Raheem Mostert says understanding Mike McDaniel’s offense gives him an edge

  1. 30 years old and he’s played a full 16 game season only once in his career and that was in the 49ers committee with Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. He’s an explosive player when he’s not injured, unfortunately he often is.
    Good luck to him this year. He and the Dolphins deserve a bit of luck after all of their misfortune.

  2. Sony is RB1. With a diminished role Mostert adds need depth and should be able to play all 16 games. The Dolphins finally have a good RB room.

  3. McDaniels has been the change Miami needed. They have a decent roster, but never have depth. Now they do… it is fully known that Mostert knows the offense, but is injury prone. Having Sony Michel, Chase Edmunds and Myles Gaskin (who would be a household name if on another team). This committee is by design. Every team knew the Dolphins couldn’t run the ball and the OLine was ranked last; yet Tua performed with slightly above average with no weapons and no protection. He literally threw it to Waddle when needed and every team focused on Waddle. Good luck now stopping the fastest duo, fastest backfield and Gesicki (4th fastest TE).

  4. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    May 21, 2022 at 11:17 am
    Sony is RB1. With a diminished role Mostert adds need depth and should be able to play all 16 games. The Dolphins finally have a good RB room.

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    Chase Edmonds is RB1 in Miami.

  5. Mostert is a great QB and he is perfect for McDaniel’s schemes. He’s also one of the fastest guys in the NFL. His career average is 5.7 Yards per carry, which is great.

    Having said that…..Mostert only started one game in his career…2 rushes for 20 yards, then he got injured, again.

  6. Im not sure who takes the starting role in Miami. Michel is the bruiser who can get yards between the tackles. Mostert and Edmunds are excellent receivers who have speed that can stretch the edge. Gaskin does everything well though not one thing great. I think it’s all gonna depend on how defenses are playing them. Miami may have their best rushing in 10 years but I’m not sure if any of these guys will crack 1000 yards unless there are major injuries early.

  7. “Tua performed with slightly above average with no weapons and no protection.”

    Waddle, Parker and Gesicki aren’t weapons?

  8. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    May 21, 2022 at 11:17 am
    Sony is RB1. With a diminished role Mostert adds need depth and should be able to play all 16 games. The Dolphins finally have a good RB room.
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    He is returning from a major injury, which is probably why he was signed to a one year deal. Don’t be surprised if he is cut/hurt, or relegated to kick returns only by the start of the season. 17 games, not 16.

  9. godkingskovald says:
    May 21, 2022 at 3:06 pm
    “Tua performed with slightly above average with no weapons and no protection.”

    Waddle, Parker and Gesicki aren’t weapons?

    Parker is always injured and Gesicki was under-utilized because the former scheme kept TE inline to block. Gesicki fools no one with his blocking prowess, so when he was split out in the slot every team knew it was a pass. This will change this year.

  10. godkingskovald says:
    May 21, 2022 at 3:06 pm
    “Tua performed with slightly above average with no weapons and no protection.”

    Waddle, Parker and Gesicki aren’t weapons?

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    Waddle is definitely a weapon but Tua hardly had the time to take full advantage.

    Gesicki is a threat for sure but had too many drops last year. Likely leaving in free agency after 2022 but he could put a big TD number this year.

    Parker isn’t much of a threat. He has two routes.

  11. Remember he’s on you’re team so don’t try to win AGAINST him, but rather for him

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