How Old Is Mike McDaniel? A Look at the Dolphins Head Coach’s Age

Where did the Miami Dolphins head coach play college football? How did Mike McDaniel get his start in coaching?

Mike McDaniel, who turned 41 in March, just completed his second season as the Miami Dolphins head coach and made yet another postseason appearance. He was a month shy of his 39th birthday when the Dolphins named him the 11th head coach in franchise history on Feb. 7, 2022.

During the 2023 season, the Dolphins scored 70 points against the Denver Broncos, McDaniel’s favorite team growing up. Miami’s offense under McDaniel has been one of the most explosive in the NFL over the last two seasons.

Where Is Mike McDaniel From?

McDaniel grew up as a Broncos fan in Greeley, Colorado, and was a ball boy for the Broncos when he was in high school. He attended Yale and was a wide receiver on the football team for four seasons. His playing time was very limited, but he started to work with the team’s wide receivers as an upperclassman, which was the start of his journey to be an NFL head coach.

His first NFL coaching experience was working with the Broncos as an intern in 2005 under head coach Mike Shanahan. McDaniel went on to be an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans under head coach Gary Kubiak in 2006.

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After two years in the UFL, McDaniel went to work with Mike Shanahan in Washington for three seasons from 2011 to 2014. Several future head coaches were working as offensive assistants on that staff. Sean McVay, Matt LaFleur, and Kyle Shanahan were all with McDaniel in Washington.

In 2022, McDaniel shared how the Washington staff had to adjust the offense to add zone reads for rookie Robert Griffin III: “Our minds are open to adapting to whatever means necessary to whatever player’s skill sets, all the way to the quarterback. So because of that, every single year, people call our scheme so creative, but we’re just adapting. We’re adapting to defenses. We’re adapting to our players. We’re constantly evolving.”

A Brief Look at Mike McDaniel’s Strong Rookie Season

McDaniel led the Dolphins to a 9-8 record and a postseason berth in 2022. He became the fifth Miami coach to reach the playoffs in his first season and only the sixth to have a winning record.

The Dolphins offense finished sixth in yards per game and 11th in scoring offense, as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, along with wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, all had strong seasons under McDaniel. Hill and Waddle combined for 3,066 receiving yards, the third-most by teammates in a season in NFL history.

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