49ers news: Dolphins’ Mike McDaniel has hilarious response to coaching-tree question

Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Head coach Mike McDaniel of the Miami Dolphins (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

The 49ers lost a gem of an assistant coach in Mike McDaniel, whose tenure as Dolphins head coach now includes a hilarious statement about his coaching tree.

San Francisco 49ers fans are likely going to miss the witty and unique responses from former offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, who rose in the spotlight after getting promoted to his last position with the team from previously being head coach Kyle Shanahan’s run-game coordinator.

McDaniel’s pressers over the course of 2021 were certainly unique and eventually prompted a mashup of some of his more notable interviews.

But it’s what McDaniel did with the Niners offense over the course of last season that helped him land a job as the new Miami Dolphins head coach during the offseason, and he’s already bringing with him that unique personality that made him something of a cult hero in San Francisco.

Seriously, it’s hard not to love the guy.

49ers fans can appreciate Mike McDaniel’s response to a fun question about his coaching tree

49ers fans can recall the hope and hype that surrounds a new head coach, having to undergo such a thing for three consecutive years between 2015 and 2017.

The hope for McDaniel, of course, will be for him to stick around in Miami for the long haul while continuing to build up that program into a successful one.

In the meantime, though, McDaniel will continue to field interviews, and one shouldn’t expect anything less than witty responses.

Such as the ones given to WSVN’s Josh Moser:


Moser prompted McDaniel with a question about the coaching tree in which Miami’s head coach was brought up, namely who he’d “kiss, kill or marry” between Shanahan, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay.

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McDaniel noted he’d probably marry Shanahan “because I’ve spent the most time with him.”

As for the coach he’d kill? That’d be McVay, and for one simple reason.

“He was the last team that I played that beat me,” McDaniel responded.

It was a pretty funny question, of course, but it’s one McDaniel would surely have that kind of unique answer to. And it also illustrates out the Shanahan coaching tree has started to spread its roots into the rest of the NFL, too.

McDaniel will be the next in line to attempt to grow that tree further.

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