Mike McDaniel happy with ‘fierce’ competition between Dolphins RB: ‘I’m very, very happy with this room’


Guess who the Miami Dolphins starting running back will be. Mike McDaniel has plenty of capable fullbacks who can fill the role.

Having multiple backs who can receive the bulk of the runs is good for McDaniel, who comes from the San Francisco 49ers running back school under Kyle Shanahan. San Francisco had a different player leading the team in rushing through the five seasons under Shanahan, with McDaniel as run-game coordinator in the first four years and offensive coordinator in the last.

Miami has a deep pool of running backs McDaniel can rely on, each bringing out the best in the other, as the Dolphins’ depth chart at the position remains a mystery.

“Right now I’m very, very happy with this room. It’s one of my favorite rooms I’ve been to,” McDaniel said Sunday. “The competition is fierce, but they get the best out of each other.”

The Dolphins have brought in Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel this offseason — all three have been featured as running backs at some stage in their careers. They also have Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed, two fullbacks who have started games for Miami in the past two years.

Michel is the only of the five backs to have more than 900 yards in a season, but Mostert has thrived under McDaniel averaging 5.7 yards per carry in his five seasons with the 49ers (284 carries). They appear to be favorites to start and receive the bulk of carries, but Edmonds has thrived in a No. 2 role in his four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (4.7 yards per carry on 333 carries) .

If McDaniel gave any indication of his days in San Francisco, all three should have prominent roles in this offense. McDaniel had just two running backs to amass more than 200 carries in his five years with the 49ers and the Dolphins running back rotation was set up for a committee approach.

“They get along. … If your eyes can go fast enough, if there’s a good run, take your eyes and find Eric Studesville, the running backs coach, and find the running backs and they’re all on their way. to pump and cheer. It’s great,” McDaniel said. “They really support each other and understand that they want to earn the job. They don’t want to receive it at the expense of someone else.”


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