Tua Tagovailoa will likely be Miami Dolphins’ beginning QB, changing Ryan Fitzpatrick
“It was just exciting to get out there and see what’s going on [offensive coordinator Chan Gailey] would give me, ”said Tagovailoa after the game.
Dolphin’s coach Brian Flores had refused to include Tagovailoa in the closing stages of Miami’s blowout win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. He later said, “I don’t think I know what we’re really going to make of it. If [Tagovailoa] I’m not sure if we get a few snaps in a game – we play the ball all the time. If we want to give it to him and let him drop the ball, it might make some people happy, but I don’t see anyone in it real reason. “
Tagovailoa’s arrival on the grid may have been sped up by changes to the NFL schedule: Dolphins’ Goodbye Week was one of several changes brought about by moving the New England Patriots-Denver Broncos game from Week 5 to Week 6.
Fitzpatrick ranks seventh on ESPN’s QBR stats in the NFL, having performed 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His graduation percentage of 70.1 percent ranks fifth in the league, and his understudy seems to have great appreciation for what the veteran taught him.
“Fitz is just a sane person. The way he’s on the field is the same as he’s off the field, ”Tagovailoa told ESPN. “I don’t think that really changes that much who he is. I mean, what you see out there is really who Fitz is. He’s a trainer. He’s a mentor on and off the field. But he’s also a very, very family-oriented person. Lovingly. Very caring for guys. And he’s funny too. He’s really funny. “
The Dolphins, who have only made two postseason appearances in the past 18 seasons and haven’t won a playoff game since the 2000 season, will host the Los Angeles Rams in week 8. Opposing quarterbacks have a passer rating of 87.9 against the Rams, 10th – the worst mark in the league, and Los Angeles averages 3.3 sacks per game (fifth in the NFL).