The Miami Dolphins chose Mike McDaniel to be their next head coach at a time when the organization is embroiled in controversy.
He now gets the tough task of leading a team for the first time when his boss, Stephen Ross, may be under investigation by the NFL after Brian Flores made claims of attempted tanking.
But McDaniel seems to be happy and ready and made that clear in his introductory press conference.
He was cracking jokes and had an answer for everything asked by the media.
Reporter "Hey Mike, welcome to Miami"
Mike McDaniel 'That's my fifth welcome to Miami, I'm just waiting for you to bust some "Welcome to Miami" and then finish a verse pic.twitter.com/wF9zr2jA1S
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 10, 2022
McDaniel is known for his fun personality and his answers had the entire NFL world reacting on social media Thursday morning.
I’m not saying I’m not a fan of Mike McDaniel but I’m going with the same mentality as I had with coach Flo. Show me what you got. #seizetheopportunity
— Omar Manzanilla (@ommeehhh) February 10, 2022
NFL World Reacts To Mike McDaniel
The new head coach covered many different topics and handled everything very well.
This was not a press conference where negative storylines emerged at the start of his tenure.
I think I’d sacrifice my own success just for Mike McDaniel.
— Britt (@Brittalexis25) February 10, 2022
Really liked Mike McDaniel's press conference.
Spoke a lot about connecting with players, teaching and his experiences becoming a coach. #MiamiDolphins
— Brojo Deathpunch (@BrojoDeathpunch) February 10, 2022
One interesting part came when McDaniel was asked if he saw any red flags with the organization given Brian Flores’ lawsuit.
He said no and even went on to rave about the owner, Ross.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 10, 2022
Mike McDaniel just said he didn't have any red flags about Dolphins re: Brian Flores lawsuit because owner Stephen Ross cares about nothing but winning.
Explains why Ross just fired the first coach with consecutive winning seasons since 2002-2003.
— David Howman (@_DH44_) February 10, 2022
There is really no other way for him to answer such a question.
McDaniel is not going to slander his new boss in his opening press conference.
If anything, he is happy for the opportunity to lead one of 32 NFL franchises.
The Dolphins are desperately looking to move past the Flores allegations and building hype around a new head coach at least takes some of the attention off the lawsuit for a bit.
Yet fans will have to wait and see if winning ensures a long stay in Miami for McDaniel.
He claims that is all Ross cares about, but Flores was just fired after consecutive winning seasons.