The Miami Dolphins began the 2022 season with a pretty convincing 20-7 win over the New England Patriots. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went 23-33 for 270 yards and one touchdown.
New Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill caught eight passes for 94 yards. First-year Fins head coach Mike McDaniel made a concerted effort to get the ball into the hands of his new toy. After one week all is well on the home front down in South Beach, so much that McDaniel made the call of the day, setting the tone for a team that will take chances when necessary.
Right before halftime, the Dolphins faced a 4th-and-7 from the 42-yard line, McDaniel rolled the dice looking for a kill shot. Tagovailoa threw a strike to his former Alabama teammate Jaylen Waddle, who split the defense and took it the distance. The play for all intents and purposes ended the day in South Beach before halftime.
Of course, the walking soundbite himself, Tyreek Hill, had the quote of the day following Sunday’s big win. He was loving McDaniel’s aggressiveness.
Here’s the quote (with video) from Tyreek Hill on Mike McDaniel going for it on 4th and 7: “McDaniel’s gonna need a wheel barrow for his nuts to carry them around.” pic.twitter.com/WcepqVugRn
— Clay Ferraro (@ClayWPLG) September 11, 2022
“He’s going to need a wheelbarrow for his nuts to carry around,” Hill said in an interview. Because he got a lot of cojones.”
Only Hill can say something like that and it go viral.
Tyreek Hill: I'm sure Bill Belichick has a plan up his sleeve, but Mike McDaniel has one, too. https://t.co/GlNKsMxrqG
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 5, 2022
Hill Has Been Flapping His Gums Since His Arrival In South Beach
Since his arrival down in Miami, Hill has been pretty consistent running his mouth. We’ve heard him say Tua is a more accurate quarterback than his former MVP and Super Bowl MVP-winning signal-caller Patrick Mahomes. Seemed like Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid took that personal, as on Sunday Mahomes passed for 360 yards and five touchdowns.
Hill also said he felt like the Chiefs disrespected him and threw him to the side like trash. He even jumped in the DMs of YouTuber-turned-celebrity boxer Jake Paul’s girlfriend Julia Rose. To say Hill’s offseason was adventurous is an understatement, but based on what we’ve come to know about Reek he wouldn’t have it any other way.
He was also critical of his former team’s culture.
Tyreek blasts KC and praises Coach McDaniel
“They didn’t even want me to leave to go see my granddad, and he was having surgery…I’m like, ‘Yo, like, this is like ridiculous,’ you know? And now like I’m with the Dolphins, I say, ‘Coach, I’m gone.’ He’s like, ‘All right. Cool.’” pic.twitter.com/E81OKtxQzN
— Dolphin Nation (@Dolphin_Nation) June 12, 2022
Dolphins Have The Pieces To Be Dangerous
With Hill and the aforementioned Waddle leading the way at wide receiver the Fins have speed to burn. But they also have plenty of homerun hitting ability in the backfield with Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds. Tight end Mike Gisecki is becoming a top guy at the position around the league. The defense is one of the best as it pertains to forcing takeaways and making teams one-dimensional. McDaniel has the pieces. But it all comes back to the Tua and Hill relationship.
If Hill is happy that means things are going well. If not, we’ll be hearing about it in the media.
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