Tua Tagovailoa’s workout video was “important” in affirming Dolphins’ evaluation

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Who knows what would have happened had Tua Tagovailoa hadn’t gotten hurt. Maybe he would have gone No. 1 overall. Maybe not.

But Tagovailoa did injure his hip, which meant that no one had to “Tank for Tua.”

The Dolphins selected the Alabama quarterback fifth overall.

Tagovailoa underwent hip surgery Nov. 18 surgery in Houston. He since has been fully cleared and is ready to compete without restrictions, his surgeon told all NFL teams before the draft.

“Well, we did a lot of work,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores told Mike Tirico on NBC Sports’ Lunch Talk Live. “Our medical staff headed up by Kyle Johnston, our head trainer, you know Dr. [John] Uribe, our entire staff, they did a wonderful job kind of getting us the information on really all the players. We felt comfortable. We got comfortable I would say in the last couple weeks here. Obviously, he is a very talented player, and he has got a lot of the qualities we are looking for the in quarterback position. He is a leader. He is accurate. He is tough, so we felt very comfortable.”

Tagovailoa did not have a Pro Day, but he did hold a virtual pro day in Nashville earlier this month.

Tagovailoa, who did his pre-draft training with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer, did a one-hour workout April 9. He had 55 scripted throws and another 20 in a dynamic drill setting at a local gym.

“I mean, it was important,” Flores said. “I remember it came out, Chris [Grier] sent it to me, and we were pretty much watching it at the same time. Got on the phone after that and said you know looked pretty good, so it kind of just reinforced or confirmed some of the things that our doctors had mentioned to us. It was important. It was good to see it. He looked good in the tape, but obviously you know that is nine minutes. That is very different from having a two-hour practice or playing in a game so, but I thought he looks good for where he was and you know where he was, where he was when he initially got the injury and where he was at that point.”

Flores wouldn’t bite when asked the plan for Tagovailoa this season. But since the Dolphins also have Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen in their quarterbacks room, it seems likely Tagovailoa will get a redshirt year especially since the COVID-19 pandemic likely cancels any on-field offseason work.

“The plan, like all the rookies, these guys have got so much to learn,” Flores said. “It is such a different game. They have got to learn new terminology. They have got to get to know all the other players on the team. They have got to get to know their fellow rookies. What is the name of the equipment guy? You know our trainer’s name? So there is a lot that goes into that first year as a rookie as well as obviously going out there and playing so we try to take it one day at a time. Nothing is going to happen all at once. I don’t think you just jump in there and you are ready to go.”

12 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa’s workout video was “important” in affirming Dolphins’ evaluation

  1. Are the decision makers in Miami going to be held accountable if they don’t win for 3 or 4 more years? I bet the answer is no. I like the coach, and I like the GM. They seem like good guys. I don’t know who’s making the decisions, but they don’t seem like they have much of a clue about how to build a winner. I’ve never seen a bad college QB become a good pro.

  2. We haven’t been shy about firing coaches lately although Gase lasted longer than he should have. You can’t really hold them accountable. They are hired to be fired at some point. You could offer really nice bonuses if they win.

  3. markeyh says:
    April 27, 2020 at 5:54 pm
    Brian Flores signed a fully guaranteed, five-year contract last year
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    Probably not a good idea to give a former patriot coach a guaranteed contract. But no contract is guaranteed. Ross could buy him out if he wanted which he will after the ‘21 season.

  4. Watching this kid spin the football from his left hand is a thing of beauty. If he can stay healthy, the rest of the league is in big trouble.

  5. I just saw snippets of the workout but what I did see was not impressive beyond the fact that he was moving well. The throws were not very strong or accurate (no pressure or coverage and his receivers still had to jump or reach out of stride). The clips I saw were on segments talking about how good he was so I presumed they would show the good parts and not the average or bad stuff. What I saw was simply average looking.

  6. Its nice for once to have people hating on my Dolphins while simultaneously being completely wrong. I guess people havent figured out we are moving in the right direction. Keep talking out your ass while you can.

  7. I just saw snippets of the workout but what I did see was not impressive beyond the fact that he was moving well. The throws were not very strong or accurate (no pressure or coverage and his receivers still had to jump or reach out of stride). The clips I saw were on segments talking about how good he was so I presumed they would show the good parts and not the average or bad stuff. What I saw was simply average looking.

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    To be honest he looked sore and just stiff. I think allot goes into that, getting your body back into that throwing and playing shape. He’ll get there – working with NFL trainers and all. The other part is he has receivers who may have not ran their routes exactly. Juedy and Ruggs played with him for 3 years so there’s different chemistry

  8. charliecharger says:
    April 27, 2020 at 5:33 pm
    Are the decision makers in Miami going to be held accountable if they don’t win for 3 or 4 more years? I bet the answer is no. I like the coach, and I like the GM. They seem like good guys. I don’t know who’s making the decisions, but they don’t seem like they have much of a clue about how to build a winner. I’ve never seen a bad college QB become a good pro.
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    “Bad College QB”???? 258.4 passer rating. Best in the history of college football. Um, yeah.

  9. phinfan says:
    April 28, 2020 at 6:51 am
    I just saw snippets of the workout but what I did see was not impressive beyond the fact that he was moving well. The throws were not very strong or accurate (no pressure or coverage and his receivers still had to jump or reach out of stride). The clips I saw were on segments talking about how good he was so I presumed they would show the good parts and not the average or bad stuff. What I saw was simply average looking.

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    To be honest he looked sore and just stiff. I think allot goes into that, getting your body back into that throwing and playing shape. He’ll get there – working with NFL trainers and all. The other part is he has receivers who may have not ran their routes exactly. Juedy and Ruggs played with him for 3 years so there’s different chemistry
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    I’m not saying he can’t do it. Although he is not the guy I would have picked I do hope the kid can help the team. I was just talking about how people were drooling over the kid based on the video but the video did not match the accolades. People were painted a picture about him. He (like ALL injured athletes) was healing like Wolverine and is good as new right now. He is amazingly accurate, a great leader, etc. It’s just hype for profit and some in the media were actively trying to prevent a draft slide. It’s hard to take anything said about him seriously so you have to look at the video and what I saw was not what I was told I was looking at. Maybe he gets there but right now he looks more average than some super stud destined to replace Marino and turn the franchise towards greatness.

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