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NFL: McDaniel hire echoes previous Dolphins decisions

The Miami Dolphins have hired former San Francisco 49ers offensive co-ordinator Mike McDaniel to be their next head coach after firing Brian Flores earlier this year.

The Dolphins, who are 40/1 to win Super Bowl LVII, have again spurned an opportunity to bring in an experienced head coach to take a chance that a talented co-ordinator can step up.

Dolphins maintain their approach

Only one of Miami's last eight coaching appointments had prior NFL head-coaching experience and of those seven first-time head coaches, five had backgrounds on offense.

McDaniel, who identifies as multiracial, is the first minority hire of the current cycle and becomes one of four minority head coaches in the NFL - alongside the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin, the Washington Commanders' Ron Rivera and Robert Saleh of the New York Jets.

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He inherits a team who won eight of their last nine games to finish 9-8 on the season and a roster with a number of playmakers on both sides of the ball.

Tagavailoa set to stay in place

There has been uncertainty over whether quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has shown enough in his two seasons as starter to be untouchable when trade talk inevitably ramps up around the draft.

The former number five overall selection finished 2021 with a passer rating of 90.1, 16 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.

Tagovailoa upped his game after the trade deadline when Miami explored but didn't ultimately complete a trade for Deshaun Watson.

And while Miami could explore any veteran quarterback options that may emerge over the course of the off-season, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said at his most recent press conference that he has "no plans" to pursue Watson again.

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