Michael Irvin is pissed this week with the way people have been throwing Mike Mcdaniel under the bus.
The Miami Dolphins head coach is taken a ton of criticism for his handling of the situation with star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the aftermath of the concussion that saw him stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital.
During Monday’s edition of First Take, Irvin defended McDaniel, stating that people have gone “too far” in their criticism of him.
“Everybody was placing this on Coach McDaniel and I thought that was unfair,” said Irvin. “This is a first-year coach who has done an incredible job with the football team by putting players in a position to win and using their gifts and their talents. We had a very unfortunate situation (with Tua). For people to start questioning this man’s character, he has nothing in his history that says he has anything, anywhere where he would put someone in harm’s way like this.
McDaniel was questioned about whether or not he and the team were taking concussion protocol seriously. The first-year head coach also admitted after the game that the quarterback was taking a flight back to Miami and that he was watching a movie during the flight, none of which is recommended behavior for someone who just suffered a concussion.
The Dallas Cowboys legend also added that while he’s glad the Dolphins made the decision to part ways with the doctors who cleared Tua to play, he believes that the criticisms directed at McDaniel are simply unfair.
“I thought that was too far. I thought that was wrong. He didn’t make the final decision. I’m glad they got rid of the people that they thought might have made a bad decision or made a mistake in the process of evaluating Tua. But we were absolutely out of line in pushing this upon Coach McDaniel.”
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