Mike McDaniel Not Complacent Approaching Week 14
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel isn’t taking the playoffs for granted despite the team’s good position in the AFC.
At 9-3, the Miami Dolphins hold the No.1 seed in the division. Mike McDaniel says their consistency is due to the fact they win the games they’re supposed to win.
However, they will also have to overcome other playoff contenders at some point, too. With upcoming tests against Dallas, Baltimore and Buffalo, Mike McDaniel is taking it one game at a time.
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“Call me when it’s a 13-game season, and I’ll be excited to talk about the next game,” McDaniel said.
“I think for all of us that have been around the NFL long enough, you get about five games, four games left, and that becomes a lot of the conversation. And it does take a lot of execution to get there. But it’s kind of one of those tricky things. There’s a lot of distraction, like look over here while this is going on, that you have to battle to be successful in the National Football League. And the only thing that really matters is how we continue our development of mastering each and every day.
“The only reason why we’re 9-3 is because we haven’t penciled in any of the wins that people have told us to pencil in,” McDaniel said. “That’s why other games that we have won, typically each and every team isn’t discussed with regard to, ‘Oh yeah, they beat the teams they’re supposed to.’ Well, there’s a lot of teams that are below .500 that are getting wins against teams above .500.”
“It’s interesting, kind of cool, and I’m happy for the fan base to get that excitement,” he added.
“My reaction to it is, ‘Oh.’ But irrelevant and erroneous for what’s the most important thing, and that’s a game that will be played this week on national television. It will be the only game that matters to each and every player in that locker room. I can just tell by the way they’ve approached the whole season.”