Rocky start to Dolphins’ QB transition to Tua Tagovailoa
MIAMI (AP)– The Miami Dolphins’ transition to Tua Tagovailoa didn’t begin the way coach Brian Flores planned, and deposed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said the unexpected timing left him heartbroken.
Flores stated he was sorry for that many of his gamers discovered the change through social media instead of from him, and stated benching Fitzpatrick was a tough decision.
” Fitz has actually done a fantastic job,” Flores said Wednesday. “However we felt like for the group now, moving forward, this is a relocation we need to make.”
Tagovailoa, the fifth choice in the April draft, will make his very first NFL start on Nov. 1 against the Los Angeles Rams after Miami’s bye this week.
The Dolphins (3-3) have actually won their previous 2 video games by a combined rating of 67-17, and Fitzpatrick stated he was stunned by the timing of his demotion.
” It certainly caught me off guard,” the 16-year veteran said. “It was a hard thing for me to hear. Digesting the news, my heart just hurt throughout the day.
” This became going to take place; it was a matter of when and not if. It’s still a tough thing for me to hear, and to now have to deal with. But I’m going to do my best.”
Flores informed Fitzpatrick and Tagovailoa of his choice Tuesday, however the news leaked before the coach could share it with other players.
” The one thing in this situation that’s unfortunate is that I didn’t get an opportunity to resolve the group prior to this was out in the media,” Flores stated. “It’s not the method I or we wish to operate. Sadly, it’s sort of the way of the world right now.
” I’m not happy about that at all. I’ll address that to the group, and really say sorry to them that they had to discover through social networks. I do not think that’s reasonable to them.”
Flores shed little light on his factor to switch quarterbacks now. Tagovailoa made his NFL launching during mop-up time last week, completing both passes in his very first action because suffering a serious hip injury last November that ended his Alabama profession.
Even Tagovailoa’s parents were amazed to hear of their boy’s promo.
” They didn’t think me for a bit,” Tagovailoa said. “My papa joked, ‘After 2 tosses, they want to put you in?'”.
The two Dolphins QBs have what Tagovailoa laughingly described as a father/son relationship, and they said that will continue. However both concurred that for the moment, the circumstance is uncomfortable.
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” This profession is interesting,” Fitzpatrick said, “in that I essentially got fired, and my day of work today basically consists of me in Zoom conferences listening to the man that fired me, and then locked in a room with my replacement for four hours. There aren’t a great deal of tasks like that.”.
While the 37-year-old Fitzpatrick is popular with his colleagues, captain Jerome Baker said the locker space is excited Flores is giving Tagovailoa a chance to show what he can do.
” We simply put all our rely on Flo,” Baker stated. “If he states Tua is the guy to lead us, we’re going to choose it.”.
Fitzpatrick, in his second season with his eighth NFL team, has been characteristically irregular this year. He is 5th in the league in completion portion however third in interceptions with seven.
” Fitz has been fantastic for the last year and a half,” Flores said. “I don’t know if there has actually been any person more critical in attempting to impart the culture that we’re looking for. He has actually made an effect on Tua and a lot of other gamers on this team. I have a terrific regard for him, which made this decision really hard.”.
However, it was a decision prepared for given that the day Miami drafted Tagovailoa as a prospective franchise quarterback. The cancellation of offseason drills and exhibition video games since of the coronavirus slowed his NFL advancement, and 2 weeks back, Flores stated Tagovailoa wasn’t ready to begin.
Now he is.
” He has gotten more comfy,” Flores stated. “Accuracy, decision making, all those things have been great in practice. Practice is really different from video games, but we’re comfy and confident he’ll have the ability to be competitive.”.
Tagovailoa thinks he’s prepared, too.
” Opportunities come,” Tagovailoa stated, “and when they come, you’ve got to take them and keep up them.”.
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