Mike McDaniel: Competition for RB jobs is fierce

NFL: AUG 06 Miami Dolphins Training Camp
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Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel came to the team after working on Kyle Shanahan’s staff with the 49ers and those offenses made use of a variety of running backs over the years.

It looks like the Dolphins will also be taking the high quantity approach to their backfield. Miami signed Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel as free agents this offseason and they still have Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed back from last season as well.

At a Sunday press conference, McDaniel was asked how things are lining up in the backfield. He said he doesn’t want to “limit an opportunity by having a preconceived notion” of how the depth chart looks and that he is enjoying having a front row seat to watch everything play out.

“I’m very, very happy with that room,” McDaniel said. “It’s one of my favorite rooms that I have been around. The competition is fierce but they’re bringing the best out of each other. They get along and they’re really – just watch. If your eyes can go fast enough, if there’s a good run, take your eyes and find Eric Studesville, the running backs coach, and find the running backs and they’re all fist-pumping and cheering. It’s awesome. They really root for each other and understand that they want to win the job. They don’t want to be given it at the expense of somebody else.”

The start of preseason games should provide a glimpse into how the Dolphins view their backs, but having a lot of options also makes it likelier that the team will be changing up looks often as the 2022 season unfolds.

9 responses to “Mike McDaniel: Competition for RB jobs is fierce

  1. That’s coaches speak of course.

    For fantasy players: Chase Edmonds is far ahead of the field and will be seeing the bulk of the carries. Whether or not he stays healthy is another thing.

  2. Translation … running backs are fungible and easily replaced. Only a fool GM spends money on them.

  3. I wonder how in they are on Jimmy G since I think he could really take that offense to another level

  4. Don’t sleep on Zaquandre White the only UDFA RB they hand picked. I can see him making the roster over Ahmed or Gaskin.

    Very excited to see this entire offense, week one will be fun. Beware Patriots fans.

  5. Gaskin gonna beast this season. All the talk of FA signings and the best RB already in the room.

  6. They brought in a bunch of talented guys and gave them all the opportunity to compete. Of course it’s gonna be fierce. With all the bodies at the position a few won’t see the active roster. It will be by committee. It’s not like any of these guys got Zeke or Gurley money so I’m OK with it.

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