Adam Schefter interviewed Miami Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel on his latest podcast, McDaniel talked about his upbringing in the NFL and his plans with the Dolphins.
After talking about McDaniel’s early years at Yale and the Broncos, Schefter asked McDaniel about his goals for the team:
“My goals are to empower all people [I] who they can best do their job with, whether it’s a player, a coach or a member of staff, it doesn’t matter. Everyone working together can achieve a common goal.
McDaniel went on to say that becoming a head coach had been his dream since he was 18, but now that hard work has become a reality he has had to learn a lot and will continue to learn as he improves. .
Adam Schetter: “You mentioned the Shanahans. How indebted are you to Mike and Kyle [Shanahan] for the job you have today and how far you’ve come in the NFL? »
“I mean everything, literally everything. It’s hard to put words to it because what does the house look like if there is no foundation?
Schefter: “There is no home.”
“It’s also the hardest thing to put into words, but it’s an opportunity for one.”
McDaniel also later said:
“It goes back to seeing Mike Shanahan, seeing a 5’9” guy being a head coach. I knew it was different and I’m sure at the time there were people who said this or that because he didn’t sound like a certain type.
“I get this a lot now and I don’t even blink, because it’s something I’ve seen since I was 10 or 12. [years old].”
Very interesting for McDaniel to elevate the height of Mike Shanahan, he saw a blueprint to success in a legendary coach who won 3 Super Bowls and somehow looks like him. HOF tight end Shannon Sharpe often talks about Mike Shanahan and what a great leader he was.
McDaniel is well aware of his public perception as the new HC and the doubts surrounding his ability to be a leader of men.
These words of McDaniel are pleasant to hear, definitely inspiring for him. But I won’t be swept away by it or think he’s even remotely heading near Shanahan until it translates to results on the court.
Adam Schefter said he spoke to Mike and Kyle [Shanahan]and they said they “always held McDaniel in high regard, but he had to grow, mature and evolve to become the person he is today”.
“It’s something that goes back to the days of Washington, Mike and Kyle [Shanahan] told me that I needed to grow up, they told me that and I didn’t understand.
“[Now] when i think about it, i realize that i grew up without a role model…if you try to set your own trend, you are going to run into failures. By looking at things without the right scope or perspective, you are going to make yourself vulnerable to being stupid, childish, or immature in hindsight.
“There was a certain professionalism that I didn’t model myself on, I had to go through different things to train myself for that. It took me a while to get into that adult thing.
McDaniel has always shown a flamboyant personality in San Francisco, and I think over time, as he becomes more comfortable being HC for the Miami Dolphins, the fan base will get to see this next to him more often.
And speaking of the fan base, Adam Schefter reminded McDaniel that he was the only NFL coach to come out of Yale, other than Dick Jauron. Schefter then asked McDaniel what it would mean for him to become Yale’s first HC to win a Super Bowl:
“You know what’s funny? that’s how deep it is, when you say all I can think of is that the Miami Dolphins fan base hasn’t won a playoff game in 22 years. They’re so loyal, what would that mean to them? »
I know it means a lot to the fan base that the head coach recognizes the state of the franchise and is in touch with what Dolphins fans have had to deal with over the past 20 years. It’s something the fanbase has never heard of Brian Flores or Adam Gase, but I also know that fanbase is very skeptical due to all the mediocrity they’ve faced in the past.
All in all, I think there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic, other than that let’s say cautiously optimistic. McDaniel said no matter what, he was going to give it his all every day and every Sunday.
Based on McDaniel’s success in San Francisco, the staff he built for the Dolphins, and his vision for the team, I think he’s built a strong foundation for success in Miami. But as I said before, potential on paper means nothing until it translates to the field.
The Dolphins have had disappointing results for high-potential prospects for too many years in the NFL, Mike McDaniel has to be the one to change that if he is to fulfill the promising vision he has for this team.
We’ve had a good start so far, but I’m not going to get ahead of myself. There’s still plenty of time until the 2022 regular season, and McDaniel must now work with Chris Grier to make his free agency moves a success.
Will Chris Grier add to the momentum with some home free agent signings? Or find value in an underestimated talent? Maybe a combination of both? Or neither? We will see.
Listen to Adam Schefter full interview here.