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Mike McDaniel Saying All the Right Things to Begin Dolphins Tenure

Devon Platana
Mike McDaniel is saying all the right things to begin his Dolphins tenure as Miami's head coach.
Mike McDaniel is saying all the right things to begin his Dolphins tenure as Miami's head coach. / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel can't make it any clearer: third-year gunslinger Tua Tagovailoa is the organization's starting quarterback going forward.

Some fans have soured on the 2020 first overall pick due to him not developing as quickly as they hoped. However, McDaniel believes in the 24-year-old and is saying all the right things to begin his tenure as Miami's head coach.

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McDaniel joined Thursday's episode of Good Morning Football to talk about the Dolphins while giving his support to Tagovailoa. He said that the young QB is empowered when people believe in him, noting how Tagovailoa has "untapped" skills and that "his best days are in front of him."

"As a coach, you're sitting there looking at each individual player and regardless of what's happened before or what's going to happen after, as a competitor, you're saying 'I want your best year attached to a year that I'm coaching you.'"

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While his stats weren't mind-blowing, Tagovailoa did make improvements over his rookie campaign. He finished the 2021 NFL season completing 67.8% of his passes, tallying 2,653 passing yards and 16 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

Unfortunately, Miami's underwhelming offensive line and lack of a true run game limited Tagovailoa's ceiling. If Dolphins general manager Chris Grier can flesh out the O-line this season while improving the backfield, Tagovailoa could excel under McDaniel.

McDaniel and the Dolphins will need Tagovailoa to be at the top of his game if they hope to win a championship next season. FanDuel Sportsbook is listing Miami as having +4000 (T-No. 21) odds to win Super Bowl LVII.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.