It may seem strange after the Miami Dolphins offense put together a historic performance in a game where victory was never in doubt, but coach Mike McDaniel believes his team responded well to difficulty.
“We talked a long time in the preseason about adversity,” McDaniel said, “and sometimes the adversity is having one or two leaders play because you can let the atmosphere dictate your production. What I’ve seen from a lot of guys, and especially when you talk about that kind of production, guys remember this: We only have one chance with this team in 2023, and we’re going to do the best we can.”
The Dolphins maintained that level in a 70-20 blowout win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Miami had 726 yards of offense, including 350 on the ground, and it was the most impressive offensive performance since McDaniel took over.
Miami’s 70 points were the most in the NFL since 1966 and tied for the third-most in history. McDaniel acknowledged the importance of the totals but made it clear the team has other goals.
The Dolphins (3-0) are the only undefeated team in the American Conference and have the best offense in the league thanks to the creative playmaking of McDaniel, the arm of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and a collection of skillful players.
Miami has the fastest runners, according to NextGen statistics. Receiver Tyreek Hill was responsible for three of those plays, including the fastest of the year.
Tackle Terron Armstead said Sunday’s performance showed how “dangerous” the Dolphins are and stressed they are unstoppable.
Miami’s offense has shown rapid improvement from a unit that has struggled the past few seasons. The Dolphins didn’t allow a sack Sunday for the second time this season and have one in three games.
The Dolphins scored on 10 of 13 offensive plays and forced three turnovers against the Broncos. There is not much to criticize.