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NFL-Dolphins appoint McDaniel as head coach to replace Flores

The Miami Dolphins on Sunday named former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel as the new head coach to fill the vacancy created by the firing of Brian Flores, who sued the NFL last week for alleged racial bias. McDaniel, who takes over a Dolphins team that is coming off two straight winning seasons but hasn’t made the playoffs since 2016, is the first minority hire at the head coach of the 2022 cycle. McDaniel is biracial; his father is black.

The Dolphins coaching announcement comes five days after Flores, who is black, filed a lawsuit accusing the NFL and three of its teams of discriminating against black candidates for coaching and management positions. The lawsuit seeks to force the NFL to make a series of changes, incentivize teams to hire black coaches and general managers, and force teams to explain hiring and firing decisions in writing.

In a statement responding to the lawsuit, the NFL said the allegations were without merit. The Dolphins also said Flores’ allegations were baseless. McDaniel, 38, joins Miami after five seasons in San Francisco where he served as the team’s offensive coordinator during the 2021 season following four years as the team’s running game coordinator (2017-20).

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