Sometimes even a “dream job” can turn into a nightmare. Happens all the time. But it happens all too often to the man who holds the biggest office among Miami Dolphins coaches.

Not only did Mike McDaniel realize that dream, but things couldn’t have started any better. The players love him. He is eccentric. He is funny. He is real. He is cool. He is a “mad scientist”. He’s not Brian Flores or Adam Gase.

And he won by doing what no one else could, developing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The national media was on the hook.

That all changed in Week 4 of his first year on the job after a famous win over the Buffalo Bills. The players don’t like him. It remains. And he’s still the same innovative, cool guy. But the 39-year-old, who looks like you’d bump into him at the skate park, is no longer a national media darling.