Dolphins hire Mike McDaniel as new head coach

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, right, walks onto the field with Ambry Thomas (20), cornerback Deommodore Lenoir (38) and running back Wayne Gallman II (22) before an NFL preseason football game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn) (Jed Jacobsohn, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins have made a decision on who the team’s next head coach will be.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the Dolphins are working on a contract with San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, which Local 10 News then confirmed through a league source.

The Dolphins made it official about 20 minutes later.

McDaniel, 38, had been considered favorite for the job and spent 10 hours with team officials during a second interview on Friday.

Miami also held a second interview with Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore on Saturday.

McDaniel becomes the 14th head coach in Dolphins history. He replaces Brian Flores, who was fired following the end of the 2021 season despite leading Miami to consecutive years with winning records for the first time since 2002 and 2003.

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David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.