Ryan Fitzpatrick: I’m Tua Tagovailoa’s placeholder and cheerleader

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There will be no quarterback controversy in Miami, where incumbent starter Ryan Fitzpatrick says he’s happy to help rookie Tua Tagovailoa in any way he can, and ready either to start or to hand the job off to the youngster.

“I don’t know how much time it will be before Tua will be in the lineup,” Fitzpatrick said, via the Palm Beach Post. “I know that I am the placeholder. We’ve already had that conversation. I’ve told him, ‘I’m going to do the best I can to lead this team and win football games when I’m out there.’ . . . Whenever it is that Tua gets his chance, whether it’s early or late or whenever, I’m going to be his biggest cheerleader.”

Fitzpatrick said he’ll do everything he can to earn the starting job, but he realizes Tagovailoa will be the franchise leader soon enough.

“I’m going to go out there competing every single day as I know the younger guys are,” Fitzpatrick said. “You can even just tell the guys are going to gravitate to him. There’s just something about him that is very likable and I can already tell that he’s going to be one of those guys that gets along with everybody, that guys are going to want to follow. He just has that kind of aura about him.”

There’s also something about Fitzpatrick that makes him the right kind of veteran quarterback to have around as the Dolphins transition to Tua.

21 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick: I’m Tua Tagovailoa’s placeholder and cheerleader

  1. Ryan might be saying that — but if the guy has a competitive nature, and playing at that level I got to think he has, he’s got to be thinking to himself, “I’m better than this guy.”

    No one gives anyone anything in the NFL.

  2. I really hope Fitz stays with the Phins when he retires as a coach in some measurable way.

  3. How can anyone not like Fitz. He is a class act.
    I hope when he is done playing his sticks around to be a coach.
    I am very comfortable if he ends up starting the season and then turning over once the OL is playing well.

  4. It’s been so long since his college days that people forget Fitzpatrick has an economics degree from Harvard. I’d suspect he views himself a little more objectively than the typical NFLer I also suspect and doesn’t have nearly as much of his self identity tied up in his depth chart status.

  5. When Fitz finally finishes playing, I would love to see him in the Sky studios in the UK as a pundit, along with Rob Ryan. They would make a brilliant combination! Make it happen, Sky!!

  6. Tua could not ask for a better teammate than Fitz. Fitz is smart and he will have Tua slinging it before it is all over. If the Dolphins are smart they will keep Fitz as long as they can, because he is one that can lead a team if needed and he never starts problems.

  7. Look at his career stats.. the guy has numbers up at the top with alot of sure thing HOF QBs
    I’m not saying be belongs there, but if the HOF had a spot for back up QB he would be the poster for that.

  8. martinungrammatical says:
    August 1, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    It’s been so long since his college days that people forget Fitzpatrick has an economics degree from Harvard. I’d suspect he views himself a little more objectively than the typical NFLer I also suspect and doesn’t have nearly as much of his self identity tied up in his depth chart status
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    he will also have amassed a fortune with his backup/starter gigs–smart guy

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