Round and round goes the NFL coaching carousel. Eight head coaching jobs are available this time around, and many names have circulated. Among them is San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, who has patiently waited to hear his phone ring for some time.
As the 49ers prepare for the next playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, head coach Kyle Shanahan gave McDaniel a massive endorsement that might help out his chances at landing one of these jobs.
Kyle Shanahan raves about OC Mike McDaniel as his name floats around the coaching market
The connection between McDaniel and Shanahan is lengthy. Last year when Robert Saleh got the job with the New York Jets, it looked as if McDaniel would follow him East.
However, he stayed put and got promoted to offensive coordinator in San Francisco after Mike LaFleur left to join Saleh.
It isn’t a surprise that McDaniel’s getting some buzz once again, and Shanahan couldn’t help but sing the praises of his longtime colleague (h/t Peter Schrager of Fox Sports).
“Mike’s a good dude, he’s really good at what he does and he’s himself. He’s one of the smartest coaches I’ve been around and he’s been huge to our team and huge for me throughout my entire career.”Kyle Shanahan on Mike McDaniel
That is massive praise from Shanahan, and those words could be eye-opening to teams bringing in the 49ers OC for an interview.
The 49ers OC is set to interview with the Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins shockingly fired Brian Flores after a couple of seasons. Now, they are searching for another head coach.
They are bringing in the big names on the market — Kellen Moore and Dan Quinn — but are among the few teams to show any interest in McDaniel.
Nonetheless, the Dolphins could use a bright, young, offensive mind to work alongside Tua Tagovailoa and Jaylen Waddle. There is another exciting piece of information as well. The Dolphins were interested in McDaniel last year for the open OC position.
McDaniel’s resume is impressive and there’s a reason Shanahan has brought him with him every step of the way.
The competition in Miami is there, but McDaniel is bound to get a job sooner or later.
The 49ers impressive run game can be attributed largely to Mike McDaniel
The Shanahan run scheme has worked for years. It worked with the Atlanta Falcons and it had translated nicely to San Francisco when he moved out West.
However, the man behind most of it is McDaniel. Before becoming the OC, McDaniel’s title was the run-game coordinator, and Schrager raved about him back in 2020.
McDaniel has quietly worked behind the scenes for years and is a massive reason why Shanahan’s plan has become a dangerous weapon.
With Shanahan giving him a brilliant public personal reference, perhaps that helps sway the mid of the Dolphins. Either way, it is only a matter of time before McDaniel becomes a head coach in the NFL.
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