NFL executive says Miami Dolphins might have ‘too many egos’ to succeed this season

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One NFL executive believes that the Miami Dolphins could struggle because they might have “too many egos” on the team in the 2023 season.

“Too many stars, could be too many egos,” the executive told The Athletic. “And you wonder how a young coach will handle that.”

It’s an interesting take from the executive, as the only true star that Miami added to the roster in the offseason was cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Miami gave up a third-round pick in the 2023 draft and 25-year-old tight end Hunter Long to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the star corner.

It’s hard to see how his ego may come into play when he’s not even on the field, as he’s currently out of the lineup with a knee injury.

The Dolphins do have another outspoken star in Tyreek Hill, but he thrived in his first year in Mike McDaniel’s offense in 2022.

Hill finished the 2022 season with 119 catches for 1,710 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged over 100 yards per game even though the team had to play three different quarterbacks in the 2022 season.

It seems like the executive may be reaching a bit for a reason why Miami is going to have a down season.

The Dolphins finished with a 9-8 record in the 2022 season, and they were at their best when quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was in the lineup, going 8-5 in his 13 starts.

While McDaniel is a young coach, he did a great job in the 2022 season of handling adversity, navigating the team to the playoffs despite having to play Skylar Thompson and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback in crucial weeks at the end of the regular season.

The executive seems to be guessing that Miami’s egos could get in the way, but there is no way of knowing that until the 2023 season starts.

The Dolphins are looking to compete for an AFC East title this season. With the New York Jets adding Aaron Rodgers and Dalvin Cook, Miami has its work cut out for it to beat out New York and the Buffalo Bills for the division crown.

Still, it’s hard not to be high on the Dolphins if Tagovailoa can stay healthy in the 2023 season. He’s coming off the best season of his young career in 2022 when he threw for 3,548 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 13 games. He led the NFL in yards gained per pass attempt and yards gained per pass completion.

It will be interesting to see how McDaniel fares in his second season as the team’s head coach, even with one executive worried about the team’s makeup.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.