Mike McDaniel Bill Belichick Mike McDaniel spoke highly of Bill Belichick before the Dolphins play the Patriots this weekend. Credit: USA TODAY Images

The Miami Dolphins will renew their longstanding AFC East rivalry with the New England Patriots this weekend. The Dolphins and Pats are scheduled to convene on Sunday Night Football in Foxborough in what should be a hotly-contested matchup. Before the game, head coach Mike McDaniel was heavy on praise for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick, of course, is one of the greatest coaches of all time. He’s won six Super Bowl championships since he took the Patriots job in 2000. All six had legendary quarterback Tom Brady at the helm and featured many great defensive players. Ty Law, Richard Seymour, Darrelle Revis, and others contributed to his success in New England. He also had massive success as defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, helping lead Lawrence Taylor and the Giants defense to Super Bowl titles in 1986 and 1990. He’s one of the most prominent figures in modern NFL history. McDaniel said just as much on Wednesday.

“Mike McDaniel called Patriots HC Bill Belichick one of the founding fathers of this generation of football,” NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe posted. Wolfe then quoted McDaniel as saying, “It’s amazing that the orchestration of the defense is so fundamentally consistent… And the leader of the ship was at the same job when we’re all like, ‘What’s an iPod?'”

Belichick-coached Patriots teams are 4-6 against the Dolphins in their last 10 meetings. They’ve won just once in their last five tries, as they snapped a four-game losing streak to the Dolphins last January with a 23-21 victory. So the ‘Phins have their number. It will be interesting to see how the game within the game between McDaniel and Belichick shakes out this weekend.

[Cameron Wolfe]

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