MIAMI GARDENS – Lots of hype as it is around Tua Tagovailoa and whether the Miami Dolphins quarterback’s arm strength improved In this off-season, what may be more important for this offense is if new coach Mike McDaniel is to change the way the team is run.
The Dolphins have been among the bottom four teams in the rush yards in every attempt of the past three seasons, and a McDaniel background leading a fast attack with the San Francisco 49ers will have to turn that scenario around.
Besides installing his own outside zone scheme, McDaniel revamped the background on his arrival in Miami, bringing fast driver Raheem Mostert, dynamic Chase Edmonds and arrogant Sonny Michel among the buttons to beat Miles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed, who are back from last season.
The full stable has yet to be shown in practices ranging from two weeks of organized team activities to the mandatory two-day mini camp last week, with an additional week of OTAs to follow, but that is expected to change through training camp in late July. The Dolphins must also have a left free agent Terron Armstead, a running anti-dumper, participate in team drills by then.
And even amidst Tagoviloa’s anticipated Year 3 strides and the future corps upgrade that Terrick Hill and Cedric Wilson Jr. bring, McDaniel’s offense remains his number one. An effective floor game can unlock Tagovailoa’s pass and play pass game.
While the running game will mostly consist of new pieces, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of familiarity surrounding it. McDaniel Mostert, who has had all 1,610 of his career rushing speeds into his San Francisco system after having been a tailgating driver with the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and even the Dolphins. Armstead could play Trent Williams From the bombing attack line of that group.
Even Edmunds watched McDaniel’s rushing attack do what he does from the sideline twice a year while battling the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals.
“I’ve played against her for the past four years,” Edmonds said. Wednesday’s small camp session where he demonstrated his speed. “It’s something special in how it hides everything, decorates the windows to make everything look the way it is. It really confuses the defense and makes the defense disciplined and it has an integrity gap.”
Edmunds mostly used to work in the inner region, back to high school and college and in the NFL with the Cardinals, so it’s still an adjustment for him.
“Just getting used to the wider tracks, the cuts will be at different angles and the trails will be at different angles,” Edmunds said. “The flow [line]Boosters differ because, in the indoor area, it is slower in pace, which is where I can bask in my steps. Out of the area here, it feels like you’re riding a wave. Once you hit that wave, you have to hit it and go. I am used to it. I put my feet under me. I’m proud of that journey, that challenge, of tuning in.”
Edmonds said the system was the main reason he came to Miami, along with his belief in McDaniel’s ability to showcase his ability to catch the ball from the backcourt.
Dolphins’ narrow end group will also be useful in blocking them from running in the outdoors. McDaniel said it was a process for him and his staff to make the decision this season to keep last year’s unit made up of Mike Jesicki, Durham Smith, Adam Shaheen, Hunter Long and Sethan Carter together.
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“We just knew we were going to ask these guys to do some different things than they did in the past,” McDaniel said. “After diving deep and watching all the guys, I felt that not only did they put some good stuff on the bar, there was plenty of room to grow.”
Perhaps first in the ‘Room for Growth’ category was Jesecki’s running block, while offering a long, attractive, dynamic passing target capable of lining up in multiple locations as is.
“He was as impressive as any player on the team in terms of pursuing a challenge,” McDaniel said. “Three points [stance] It wasn’t his primary position, and he was hard at work in his running and passing game to do the things this offense could show without taking away the things that made him what he is.
“He really attacked her with full force and did a great job working on his feet in his running game. I hope that will carry over to the sanitary pads when that happens any month.”
McDaniel will also incorporate a center back into the Dolphins running game. Enter Alec Ingold to fit the mold of Kyle Juszczyk from the 49ers in recent years. Conor Williams, guard last four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Looks like he’s set to cement the offensive line in the center After coming to Miami in free agency.
Still not everything that involves running a game up to this point in the off-season can be accepted on the face of it until those pads come in after the first few practices of bootcamp.
“It doesn’t count without pads,” Edmonds said. “That’s my opinion. You separate the men from the boys by just wearing the pads.”