Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel uses Allen Iverson film to train wide receivers


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Mike McDaniel is in his first season as the Miami Dolphins head coach, and he’s already showcased his impressive offense. One of his former players, ex-NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, wasn’t surprised by McDaniel’s early success.

Hawkins joined ‘The Rich Eisen Show’ and was asked about his experience under McDaniel with the Cleveland Browns in 2014. At the time, McDaniel was the team’s receivers coach, and he had a huge impact on Hawkins.

“Mike McDaniel, he has a very funny personality,” Hawkins said. “I don’t know if you know about him. He’s a football legend. There are mad scientists. There are offensive gurus. He’s a Yale graduate. He’s supposed to be a scientist. , but he just loves football.”

When pressed for an example, Hawkins said McDaniel taught receivers to use three different releases at the line of scrimmage. Hawkins said McDaniel discovered that defensive backs really only press in two different ways, so receivers can focus on a few different types of releases to counter it.


Hawkins also said McDaniel had a unique way of teaching those publications. While with the Browns, McDaniel showed flashes of Allen Iverson running past defenders.

“How he broke it down, he wouldn’t show us a picture of the football releases,” Hawkins said. “He would show us a picture of Allen Iverson. The reason basketball crossovers are so effective is because they have to show every part of their body moving in one direction before they cross. There’s no rush. We’ll be there. Practice, and we’ll do crossovers. You ever see a clip of Stefon Diggs doing his releases. If you see, and he’s faking it like he’s holding a basketball at a football game, that’s where it’s coming from.”

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

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

Sunday, Sept. 25.



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