The New York Giants officially announced on Friday that they've chosen Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll as their new head coach. Daboll was one of the more highly sought-after names within the league and the Miami Dolphins were one of the teams that were linked to the 46-year-old shot-caller.
Now that Daboll is out of the picture, the Dolphins have turned their attention to a couple of other candidates. According to multiple reports, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel and Kellen Moore, currently the OC of the Dallas Cowboys, have emerged as Miami's top two targets:
Brian Daboll was a finalist for the #Dolphins, who now have two coming in next week — Mike McDaniel and Kellen Moore. https://t.co/z2bh5HHC82
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 28, 2022
The Dolphins are said to prefer hiring an offensive mind. With Daboll off the board, their two known finalists are Mike McDaniel and Kellen Moore. Hire McDaniel, Steve.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) January 28, 2022
As Pro Football Network's Adam Beasley suggested above, the Dolphins should seriously consider hiring McDaniel at the soonest possible time. The 38-year-old is widely credited as a key factor behind the 49ers' success this season. In particular, the way McDaniel optimized Deebo Samuel in the Niners' rushing attack has the star wider receiver on track to an All-Pro nod this season.
Kellen Moore, however, is also a strong candidate for the Dolphins. The former Cowboys quarterback has served as Dallas' offensive coordinator since 2019. The Cowboys found some success this term and much like McDaniel, Moore also deserves to get credited for his work behind the scenes.