Dolphin coach Mike McDaniel showed Allen Iverson film to coach wide receivers


Mike McDaniel is in his first season as the Miami Dolphins head coach, and he’s already made a splash with his impressive attack. One of his former players, ex-NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkinsis not surprised by McDaniel’s early success.

Hawkins participated in ‘The Rich Eisen Show’ and was asked about his experience under McDaniel with the Cleveland Browns in 2014. At the time, McDaniel was the receivers coach of the team and he made a big impression on Hawkins.

“Mike McDaniel, he has a very peculiar personality,” Hawkins said. “I don’t know if you know that about him. He’s a football connoisseur. There are people who are mad scientists. There are attacking gurus. He’s a graduate of Yale. He’s the kind of person who should probably be a scientist, but he just loves the game of football.”

Pushed for an example, Hawkins said McDaniel taught recipients to use only three different releases on the line of scrimmage. Hawkins said McDaniel found that defensive backs would really only press in a few different ways, so the receivers could focus on a few different types of releases to counter that.

Hawkins also said McDaniel had a unique way of teaching those releases. While with the Browns, McDaniel showed footage of Allen Iverson going over defenders to make his point.

“How he broke it down, he didn’t want to show us a movie of football releases,” said Hawkins. “He would show us Allen Iverson movie. The reason a basketball crossover is so effective is because they have to show you every part of their body moving in one direction before crossing over. There’s no rushing it.” We’d rehearse, and we’d do crossovers If you ever saw the clip of . Stefan Diggs doing his releases, and pretending to have a basketball in a football game, that’s where that comes from.”

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That season with McDaniel as his position coach, Hawkins posted career highs in receptions (63) and yards (824).

In his first two games in Miami, McDaniel has a 2-0 record to his name, and the Dolphins are second in the NFL in yards per game (427.0). Their most recent win was a thrilling 21-point comeback over the Baltimore Ravens in which recipients? Tyree Hill (11 catches, 190 yards, two touchdowns) and Jaylen Waddle (11 catches, 171 yards, two touchdowns) set up both monster numbers.

The Dolphins’ next game will be a big test for McDaniel’s attack as he faces an elite Buffalo Bills defense on Sunday 25 September.