With the 2022 NFL season fast approaching, the South Florida Sun Sentinel takes a look at 10 storylines ahead of the 10-part series to watch Miami Dolphins’ first day of training campWhich is scheduled for July 27.
Our upbringing has a tremendous impact on who we become.
Some philosophies and fundamental beliefs are etched into who we are, what we believe, and what we do because of these early teachings.
Mike McDaniel’s NFL debut was as a ball boy and then as a coaching intern for Mike Shanahan’s run-heavy West Coast offenses in Denver, during an era where the Broncos had the most physical, and Featured one of the more significant, effective rushing attacks.
Shanahan and his discipline have generally emphasized the running game, which is a key component of McDaniel’s career as a coach, and his hope of going forward is that he will build on his push to implement a wide-zone rushing attack. Delivers because that’s exactly what the Dolphins need to balance the offense, and ease the pressure placed on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in his third season.
McDaniel served as San Francisco’s run-game coordinator from 2018–2020, and during that time, despite having a different leading rusher in all three seasons, the 49ers were fifth in the NFL, averaging 127.0 per game. yard.
Last season, when he was promoted to the offensive coordinator role, the 49ers ranked seventh in the NFL in total offensive yards per game (375.7) and 13th in scoring offenses (25.1 points per game), advancing to the NFC Championship Game. stay in place. And San Francisco’s balance fueled much of that success, with the 49ers averaging 127.4 rushing yards per game, ranking seventh in the league.
The last time the Dolphins averaged more than 127 rushing yards per game was the 2009 season when the pair of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown led a first-year starter named Chad Heaney for a 7-9 team per game. 139.4 rushing yard was given.
If McDaniel and his run-game focus and wide-zone philosophy can replicate that kind of output this season, the Dolphins should be a force in the AFC if they can keep the roster healthy as a physical and balanced offensive identity is established. Doing is a recipe for success in today’s NFL.
That’s why Miami signed Taron Armstead as a free agent, hoping the three-time pro bowler could replicate his influence for the New Orleans Saints’ offensive line, All Pro left tackle Trent Williams said. Copied the type of game given for the 49ers.
The Dolphins also signed 51-game starter Conor Williams for the Dallas Cowboys, and he can move from guard to center with his movement skills and the power he’s displayed over the past four seasons, opening lanes that run continuously.
During an off-season program, McDaniel stated that the Dolphins have the most athletic group of offensive linemen on the roster that he has ever coached during his career. Let’s hope the comment is more of a testimonial than an upbeat talk or wishful thinking because their success will be crucial to Miami’s offense.
“We’re trying to get everyone to defend the whole area. Guys just relying on what the coaches are saying, put [in] And we’re trying to pick it up and we’re running away from the ball,” said right guard Robert Hunt, who was a top performer on last year’s disappointing offensive line, as Miami averaged 3.5 yards per carry and more. Game 92.2 The running yards were covered.
“We are trying to get them to defend the ground. We’re running out of here, so we guessed them and that’s a beautiful thing. This is the type of crime I ran into in college. I respect that a lot. I like this.”
The purpose of running wide-zone variations is to use the horizontal momentum of the defensive lineman against them by creating leverage and forcing cornerbacks and safaris who may not be accustomed to tackles to become active participants in the run game.
The horizontal movement of the defense, caused by simultaneous rushing to the left or right of the offensive line, often creates an opening in the middle of the field, especially when the defense is forced to play single-high (a defense deep) or cover-zero. Goes (no deep protection, heavy blitz) coverage.
That’s where a talented back with good eyesight, a sharp cut-back runner with good body balance and the ability to shed tackles comes in. This explains why the Dolphins combined three tailbacks – Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostart and Sonny Mitchell – with the starter experience. this offseason.
It’s too early to say which Miami back will handle the heavy load or tailback workload, but it’s clear the Dolphins backfield hasn’t been that deep since the 2016 season when Jay Ajayi led Miami’s last playoff team, the team. accounting for 1,272 of the 1,824 rushing yards.
“When it comes to wide-zone reads and stuff like that, you really just have to identify yourself and that’s putting your foot on the ground and getting into the ground,” Mostart said. His six seasons with the 49ers.
“With this offense, you definitely have to understand the blocking plan and what the defensive front is and how the linebackers overplay the run and how do you balance it.”
And for this to work for the head coach, the aggressive play-caller has to commit and persist.
That’s not a concern with this Dolphins coach because that’s how McDaniel was raised in the NFL, and he’s committed to what he’s shown.
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