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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, left, stretches as head coach Mike McDaniel walks among the players at the NFL football team’s practice facility, Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The outside noise continues to rumble through the Miami Dolphins franchise, but it’s core continues to remain strong.

According to the Sun-Sentinel’s Dave Hyde, “the Dolphins offered Sean Payton a five-year, $100 million deal to take over the job in Miami. The contract would have made Payton just the second coach in league history to break the $100 million barrier, joining Jon Gruden, who signed a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders in 2018.”

His 20 mil/year salary would’ve made him the highest paid coach in NFL history.

According to a February report from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, Miami asked New Orleans for permission to speak with Payton shortly after he announced his retirement. The Saints reportedly denied the request.

While it’s clear that current head coach Mike McDaniel wasn’t the first choice for Stephen Ross and company, McDaniel continues to be the guy that his players want to play for.

Tua has said many times that this is the “most fun he’s ever had playing football in his entire life” and the season hasn’t even started yet.

“I’ve never been around a coach like this. My dad was hard on me. My high school coach was hard on me. Coach Saban was hard on me. All the coaches I’ve had have been hard on me. But he takes a different alleyway on teaching and learning.”

It also feels like the first time in forever that a Dolphins head coach believes in his quarterback.

Joe Philbin and Adam Gase felt “queasy” with Ryan Tannehill after opting to run the ball on third and long situations with a late lead.

Brian Flores reportedly said to Tua on the sidelines that he should’ve taken Mac Jones over him.

Stephen Ross has made attempts to “negotiate” with Tom Brady to be the teams starting QB.

Don’t forget all the fans that wanted Miami to trade for Deshaun Watson. How’d that one work out?

And after all the outside noise, McDaniel and recently dubbed “Salty Tua” have directly and indirectly said, “bring on the haters, the twitter warriors. They’re not here practicing with us.”

And he’s absolutely right. Kudos to Tua for finally standing up for himself.

He holds the keys to the Dolphins season and apparently has convinced his teammates and coaches to let him take the Ferrari to prom.

“He’s doing a great job of just bringing us all together,” cornerback Nik Needham said. “In team meetings he’ll say some jokes or just funny stuff, show stuff on film … I think all that stuff is building the camaraderie on the team.”

Despite having 4 offensive coordinators in 3 seasons, you wont find a QB more criticized.

You also won’t find a QB/ Coach combo that has handled it better than the both of them.

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