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Mike McDaniel explains his funny interaction with Justin Fields

Mike McDaniel at practice

Sep 25, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel enters the field prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel clarified what he was doing in his amusing interaction with Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields during Sunday’s game.

Broadcast cameras caught McDaniel walking over to Fields at the end of a play Sunday and seemingly chastising him for gashing the Miami defense. The interaction was clearly light-hearted, and Fields walked away smiling.

On Monday, McDaniel was asked about this exchange, and his response was just as amusing as the initial interaction.

“I just wanted him to stop scrambling. And it was pretty irritating because he didn’t listen at all. He didn’t take the coaching,” McDaniel joked.

Fields most certainly did not. He ran the ball 15 times for 178 yards, a single-game record for a quarterback, in what was something of a breakout performance. The Dolphins won anyway, so McDaniel was at least able to laugh about it a little bit.

McDaniel has the Dolphins firmly in contention at 6-3 and has a pretty sharp wit as well. No wonder he’s established himself as a potential Coach of the Year candidate.

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