MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Even earlier than the Miami Dolphins employed Mike McDaniel as their new head coach, some questioned whether or not the then-38-year-old profession assistant had the chops to guide a locker room of 53 alpha males.
Want somebody to attract up the neatest offensive scheme within the league? McDaniel is your man. However want somebody to face in entrance of a gathering room and gown the gamers down in the event that they didn’t execute stated scheme? There was comprehensible skepticism.
The occasions of this week’s training camp, nevertheless, ought to go a good distance in placing these doubts to relaxation.
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel will get actual
The usually genial McDaniel was further displeased with how his staff practiced Tuesday and — in an necessary second — forcefully allow them to realize it.
“Yesterday, he yelled,” Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker instructed reporters following Wednesday’s follow. “He acquired after us. That comes with the job. Generally you’ve acquired to yell. Generally you’ve acquired to do issues to get the staff going. Yesterday, yelling was the choice. … It undoubtedly [worked].”
Baker nailed it. The Dolphins had been crisper on each offense and protection than the day earlier than. And when McDaniel acquired the staff collectively Wednesday for a fast post-practice huddle, he instructed them they acquired higher as a staff.
Put one other approach: His guys responded to the stick after getting principally nothing however carrots for the primary few weeks of camp.
“I strive to not main in [yelling],” stated McDaniel, who prefers to construct up, not tear down. “I don’t take pleasure in yelling. However it’s a must to do what it’s a must to do to allow them to know precisely the urgency of the second.
“However I’ve all the time philosophically thought that for those who decide and select these moments, then that state that you simply don’t actually prefer to be in, it’s purposeful.”
McDaniel — who acknowledged Wednesday that he has a mood — has been round coaches who talk by screaming. And he’s discovered that, in a short time, there are diminishing returns to such an method.
“In the event you’re simply yelled at constantly on a regular basis, then the yelling seems like regular speaking,” McDaniel stated. “And that’s not the concept of it. I feel it’s necessary to construct relationships and attempt to develop gamers as individuals. In addition they must know the urgency. It’s my job to allow them to know the urgency.”
In that regard, he did his job Wednesday.
“I feel it’s good to see that facet of him,” Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa stated. “We by no means get to see that facet of him. I feel it’s good to see that facet of each particular person that individuals suppose is just too good or too chill or too mellow as a result of actually you perceive the competitor in them, you perceive they imply enterprise.
“For me and for the fellows, after we hear Mike elevate his voice, we’ve acquired nothing however respect as a result of that’s not one thing that he does. When he does do it, it’s that rather more significant.”
Tua Tagovailoa higher, however not nice, on Wednesday
One other day, one other multiple-pick day from Tagovailoa, who’s having a tough week of follow after a superb week in Tampa.
Each of his interceptions had been thrown to Jevon Holland, and neither was excusable. He pressured a cross to Durham Smythe ultimately zone on one in all them and threw into double protection on the opposite. In all, Holland has had three picks within the final two days.
“He’s made super performs,” stated Tagovailoa, who accomplished 12 of 20 passes for 146 yards Wednesday. “Not simply as we speak, however all through the complete camp. The performs that he’s made are solely getting me higher, solely getting our route distribution higher and our timing higher on offense. Props to JH.”
Tagovailoa’s unofficial passer score in 11-on-11 drills the final two days? 45.6.
It’ll be fascinating to see whether or not McDaniel performs Tua in Saturday’s preseason sport after retaining him out of the exhibition opener. McDaniel stated Wednesday he nonetheless had not but determined about who’s going to play Saturday. Accidents are an actual concern (see: Zach Wilson). However Tua definitely might use the work.
“I all the time wish to play,” Tagovailoa stated. “I needed to play final week too. A minimum of a few snaps. However Mike determined that then wasn’t the time. Hopefully, he provides the primary offense a possibility to go on the market, hopefully get some performs in, perceive some conditions, understanding how one can handle the sport, and getting again into the groove of issues in that sense. Now we have no coaches on the sector. Now we have nobody to essentially line us up. We simply determine issues on our personal after we’re taking part in.”
What’s up with Jaylen Waddle?
Second-year extensive receiver Jaylen Waddle sat out follow for the second consecutive day, however the damage isn’t important. The Dolphins count on him again nicely earlier than the beginning of the season. (His availability for Saturday, nevertheless, could be very a lot doubtful.)
McDaniel wouldn’t specify what’s mistaken with Waddle, saying solely that he’s being stored out as a precaution. One logical principle is that Waddle is coping with a really delicate muscle pressure, which might grow to be one thing worse with out relaxation.
“One of many issues that’s actually cool in regards to the Miami Dolphins and the medical employees and Dave Puloka and the power employees is that they aren’t science minors,” McDaniel stated when requested in regards to the threat of soft-tissue accidents to fast-twitch athletes. “They’re science majors, so we take all that stuff in consideration and we attempt to be as accountable as attainable in stopping as many gentle tissues as you possibly can. You’ll by no means be 100%, however you strive to concentrate to every particular person participant and tailor issues to allow them to keep away from these issues as greatest as attainable.”
Fast hits from Miami Dolphins coaching camp
- Together with Waddle, key contributors Raheem Mostert, Terron Armstead, and Eric Rowe sat out all or most of Wednesday’s follow. Armstead has been on a upkeep program all summer season.
- Wednesday’s follow was closed to followers however to not celebrities. Miami Warmth coach Erik Spoelstra, social media character Jake Paul, and former Dolphins GM Rick Spielman had been all visitors at follow. Spielman chatted up present GM Chris Grier whereas Paul caught passes from Tagovailoa after follow.
- Dolphins defensive deal with Christian Wilkins has been a continuing thorn within the facet of his offensive teammates. He was at it once more Wednesday, mixing it up with Alec Ingold after the whistle and later unnecessarily chucking Chase Edmonds to the bottom. Credit score second-year offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg for giving it proper again to Wilkins with some demonstrative trash discuss after sealing him off on a run play.