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Why Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel is wearing a sweatshirt during practices in Florida heat

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — It was a typical June afternoon in South Florida, meaning it was a good time to be in the air conditioning.

Unless your name was Mike McDaniel.

The second day of mandatory minicamp for the Miami Dolphins shed more light on how the new coach operates.

Surrounded by reporters in shorts and T-shirts, McDaniel held court in … a Dolphins sweatshirt.

Sure, McDaniel said, there’s comfortable Dri-Fit merch inside. But McDaniel didn’t want to be comfortable.

“Honestly, it’s the best way that I can keep in-tune to what the players are going through because I’m not sprinting around,” McDaniel said. “At least I have an idea of how hot it is. Otherwise you’ll kind of lose sight of that and then you’ll be doing too many reps, causing soft tissue injuries and all that nonsense.”

Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, left, in his sweatshirt during Thursday's practice.
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, left, in his sweatshirt during Thursday's practice.

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It’s an approach players could appreciate while sprinting around in all that gear. There’s only so much relief McDaniel can logically give them. Their practices are roughly around the time of their games to acclimate them for their home-field advantage.

Hal Habib covers the Dolphins for The Palm Beach Post.

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Why Mike McDaniel wears a sweatshirt during Miami Dolphins practice