How the Dolphins offense would jell with a new head coach, a developing quarterback, a rebuilt offensive line and two of the fastest receivers in the league was one of the biggest questions in the NFL heading into the 2022 season. On paper, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier assembled an exciting and talented roster, but not every piece appeared to be a seamless fit.

Coach Mike McDaniel was previously the run-game coordinator for the run-heavy 49ers, but the Dolphins were one of the least efficient rushing teams in the league last season. Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill can get behind defenses, but in his first two seasons, Tua Tagovailoa did not throw deep often. Tagovailoa was also among the NFL’s worst at throwing to the middle of the field, where McDaniel’s offense wants to target frequently.

In the offseason, I wrote about the questions I had about the Dolphins offense and how I thought it would look. Two weeks into this season, it turns out my questions are irrelevant because speed kills.

That speed was on full display in the Dolphins’ comeback win against the Baltimore Ravens, in which Miami scored 28 fourth-quarter points, including touchdown passes to Hill of 48 and 60 yards. The separation that Hill and Waddle can create, combined with McDaniel’s ability to create mismatches with creative personnel usage and play design, is simply very difficult for any defense to keep up with.

“It was like (McDaniel) was out there playing Madden,” Hill said after the game.  “He was just lining us up quick. He was just like, ‘Tua, just get it to the guys that can space create.’ That’s what we was able to do, stretch the ball down the field, get the ball down to Mike Gesicki, get Chase (Edmonds) involved, get Raheem (Mostert) involved. Really everyone was involved today.”

McDaniel is running the bread-and-butter plays that he helped Kyle Shanahan tweak in San Francisco, but he’s doing it with two receivers with sub 4.3 speed. The way McDaniel is using his personnel to mess with defenses, adding creative wrinkles to plays and developing Tagovailoa has the Dolphins offense firing on all cylinders.

Full back Alec Ingold was one of the Dolphins’ key offseason acquisitions because he allows McDaniel to get into his modern 21 personnel (two backs, one tight end, and two receivers) package. Ingold is a pulverizing blocker in McDaniel’s two-back run scheme, and although he isn’t the downfield threat fullback Kyle Juszczyk is for the 49ers, he’s a good enough athlete for the defense to respect him, which is all McDaniel needs to mess with defenses with his use of personnel packages and formations.

Backed up on their own 3-yard line, the Dolphins came out in 21 personnel. The Ravens assumed the Dolphins would line up in a run formation and matched with their base personnel (four defensive linemen, three linebackers and four defensive backs). However, the Dolphins lined up in empty with Ingold split outside to the offensive right, Waddle lined up in the slot and Mostert lined up inside of him. On the other side, Hill ended up in the slot after tight end Durham Smythe shifted outside.