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Mike McDaniel Outsmarts Potential Practice Spies Ahead of Bengals Matchup

Tyler Maher
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel wants to keep the Cincinnati Bengals off balance in Week 4.
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel wants to keep the Cincinnati Bengals off balance in Week 4. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel wasn't taking any chances ahead of his team's Week 4 clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.

When the Dolphins noticed people watching their walkthroughs during Wednesday's practice, McDaniel adjusted by putting 12 men on the field, adding an extra man to the offense to help disguise Miami's plays.

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NFL teams will do anything within reason to gain a competitive edge, which often includes spying on opposing teams. The New England Patriots got in trouble for it back in 2007, although it was widely acknowledged at the time that it's something every team does (New England just happened to get caught).

Mindful of that, McDaniel didn't want to risk giving anything away ahead of this week's crucial primetime matchup. The Dolphins are one of just two undefeated teams so far, and McDaniel's trying to keep them that way.

Miami definitely isn't taking anything for granted against Cincinnati, which made it all the way to the Super Bowl last year. The defending AFC champs are currently 3.5-point home favorites against the Dolphins on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds, so McDaniel may need to get creative to beat Cincy.

If the Bengals were attempting to snoop (the NFL has since launched an investigation into the matter), it sounds like McDaniel effectively thwarted them.

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