The Miami Dolphins Appointed San Francisco 49ers attacking coordinator Mike McDaniel as their new head coach.
McDaniel, which identifies as multiracial, is now one of only four minority head coaches in the NFL along with the Pittsburgh Steelers ‘Mike Tomlin, the Washington Commanders’ Ron Rivera and Robert Saleh of the New York Jets. McDaniel is the first colored man to get a head coach position in this cycle.
The 38-year-old McDaniel did not play football at any significant level and studied history at Yale before studying at the Denver Broncos. He slowly worked his way up the road NFL learn, and in January 2021 become the 49ers’ attacking coordinator.
McDaniel is seen as one of a number of innovative young coaches in the NFL, and the 49ers reached the NFC Conference Game this season and reached the no. 1-seeded Green Bay Packers beaten along the way. McDaniel helped develop Deebo Samuel in a double threat as a receiver and rush, and the player has been named an All-Pro this season.
“He’s one of the smartest coaches I’ve ever had,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told McDaniel last month. “… He was great for our team and great for me throughout my career.”