Dolphins Head Coach Mike McDaniel hops on the Tua Tagovailoa Hype train in an interview then immediately backtracks, leaving fans confused.
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel appeared on the Dan Le Batard show on Thursday with some bold claims about his quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa.
McDaniel kicked off the monologue on his quarterback by saying, “I mean the dude is right-handed, and he throws lefty…it’s the most accurate, catchable ball I’ve ever seen.”
Le Batard’s follow up question to him was essentially a request for McDaniel to double down on that take. After a quick scan through his mental Rolodex, he stuck to his guns.
McDaniel has been in Miami for about six months, but his NFL coaching career dates back to 2005. Forget about the legends who exist in that mental Rolodex that he has seen in-action since ‘05, this guy just left the NFC West. You know, the division where Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson played last season? Step back two years further and McDaniel was the offensive coordinator for the Niners when they played Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LIV.
So to say what he did about Tua? Come on, man.
Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel: ‘Tua throws the most accurate, catchable ball I’ve ever seen’
I’m all for a player’s coach, a guy that will hype up his team and step up to the plate for them, but this is nonsense. We’ve already had Tyreek Hill become vocal for the first time in his career and claim Tua to be more accurate than Mahomes. It seemed like a stretch when the newest wideout on the team said it, but the head coach doubling down makes it look like they are trying to convince themselves of the idea more than anything else
Don’t take my word for it though, fast forward to the 1:00 mark in the video above, and you can watch McDaniel try his absolute best to take his own foot out of his mouth. He went on to say, “I mean…my job is to make sure that [Tua’s] best years as a football player are right in front of him right now…and you don’t always succeed in that.”
“I don’t really care what happens, my job is to try,” he added.
Sorry Dolphins fans, but this is probably the two worst minutes of coachspeak that’s ever been caught on camera. Hopefully, Tua can put together a hell of a season and prove this hype train to be on track, but from my seat, it sure looks the Dolphins have their work cut out for them.