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Mike McDaniel's Dolphins aren’t 49ers East. They’re something elevated

It’s easy to make the link between the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers, who play each other in Week 13.

Head coach Mike McDaniel worked under Kyle Shanahan for almost his entire career prior to joining the Dolphins and brought with him a plethora of players from the 49ers roster. Both teams also use a lot of 21 personnel groupings (two running backs, one tight end and two receivers) and rank first and second in pre-snap motion, the Dolphins using it 71 percent of the time and the 49ers 65 percent, per the Sports Information Solutions.