On the way to 8-3 a lot has been said about Mike McDaniel’s offense, his scheme, his way of managing his players.
But now McDaniel has taken another step that should have all Dolphin fans excited for the future, because Mike McDaniel has made a tough call solely based on the Dolphins chance of winning the Super Bowl.
By pulling starting QB Tua Tagovailoa out of the game with 3:18 to go in the third quarter, with the Dolphins already ahead 30-6, McDaniel showed the world that he doesn’t care about awards, yards, points, or any of the other countless meaningless stats.
He wants to win a Super Bowl.
Mike McDaniel knows the window is never large
One of the beautiful things about Mike McDaniel, is that despite his age he has seen a lot. In San Francisco he has seen a Super Bowl run come up short because his QB wasn’t quite good enough on the day. He’s also seen his QB unable to win a Championship game. So he knows that in Tua Tagovailoa he has a QB who can win the biggest game.
So while it may irk some of the “stans” who are more about Tua’s stats. This is about winning. And Tua needs to be protected because he gives the Dolphins the best chance at that.
McDaniel doesn’t care about points for points sake. He doesn’t care about stats. Or awards. He understands that they are all gravy. And in twenty years all anyone will care about is who won the Super Bowl.
When Terron Armstead left the game with an injury, it was very quickly apparent there was a massive drop-off in the performance of the offensive line. With three sacks in six pass attempts in the third quarter it was imperative to protect the Dolphins season.
With massive games coming for the Dolphins, notably a three game road trip starting next week in San Francisco, it’s great to see McDaniel taking the decisions that keep the Dolphins Super Bowl window open.