CBS4’s Steve Goldstein watches Dolphins coaching staff, NFL offseason – CBS Miami

MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – The Mike McDaniel era begins as the NFL’s offseason is officially underway.

The new Dolphins head coach held an impressive, humorous and interesting opening press conference. McDaniel told many stories about his journey to becoming an NFL coach, starting with riding his bike as a kid to Denver Broncos practices to get autographs. He stayed there all day and realized how much work the NFL needs to do.

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Now he’s in charge of his own team and continues to supplement his coaching staff with offensive rookies. Defense and special teams will have many remnants of Brian Flores’ staff.

New coaches

McDaniel reportedly found his offensive coordinator, offensive line and wide receivers coach, among other things. Wes Welker returns to South Florida to work with receivers. He comes from San Francisco where he worked with McDaniel.

Matt Applebaum will lead the offensive line after doing the job at Boston College for the past few years. He knows the blocking and execution schemes that McDaniel will implement.

While McDaniel himself will call the plays, the Chargers’ new coordinator Frank Smith will be heavily involved, possibly playing a role similar to the one McDaniel had in San Francisco with head coach Kyle Shanahan.

All of the new coaches have experience with the offensive line, which was clearly the Dolphins’ biggest weakness last season, and know the plans McDaniel will put in place.

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Starting Feb. 22, NFL teams can nominate players for the franchise or transition tag.

One candidate is tight end Mike Gesicki, one of the best passer-catching tight ends in the league. The idea here is for the Dolphins to find a way to keep the free agent. Another player the team will likely look to re-sign is productive defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

On March 1, the reconnaissance combine begins. If the Dolphins can find some of the talent they found in the first two rounds of last year’s draft, it would be a home run.

On March 16, at 4 p.m., the start of free agency. Miami has the most money to spend in the league with about $75 million in salary cap space available.

April 29 is the first day of the NFL Draft. The Dolphins, via a trade last year, have the 29th pick which belonged to San Francisco. They then have the number one pick in every subsequent round except the 4th, where the Dolphins have 2 selections, for a total of 8 draft picks.

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