Mike McDaniel Apologized To Miami Dolphins Running Back For Not Running More In 2022

Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert

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Heading into the 2022 NFL season, it was expected that the Miami Dolphins would see some big changes.

They had just brought in a new head coach in Mike McDaniel and acquired an elite wide receiver in Tyreek Hill.

With this two big moves, there was one major change that really stood out last season.

The Dolphins ran the ball much less in 2022. They went from 18th in the league with 442 rushing attempts in 2021 to 31st in 2022 with 390 attempts.

According to Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert, that won’t be the case again in 2023. Mostert told the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson that McDaniel was very apologetic about the fact that the team didn’t run the ball more last year.

“One thing [McDaniel] was very apologetic about was we didn’t run enough, and he was going to do his best to change that in coming years,” Mostert said, “Talk like that gets me fired up even more.”

The downtick in rushing is a bit surprising considering the Dolphins were missing Tua Tagovailo for 4 games.

However, running the ball less did seem to work for them when he was healthy as Tua put together the best season of his career and the team ended up making a run to the playoffs.

Despite that success, it looks like the Dolphins will be focusing on running the ball more in 2023 and they’ve already made a move to help them with that goal. They drafted Texas A&M’s Devon Achane in the 3rd round.

That could actually be bad news for Mostert in a crowded Dolphins backfield, but it should be good news for any Miami Dolphins fans that were concerned about the team’s ground game and wanted to see a young, explosive back added to the backfield.