Brian Flores: Tua is healthy, but last year’s injury is a consideration for Week One

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Medically, Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been cleared to play for Week One. But the injury remains in Dolphins coach Brian Flores’ mind as he decides who will start for the Dolphins in 12 days.

Flores acknowledged today that the hip injury that ended Tagovailoa’s career at Alabama plays a part in deciding whether Tagovailoa or Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starter for the opener at New England.

That is definitely part of the conversation — for sure,” Flores said, via the Sun Sentinel. “We’re at 10 months. It was a pretty serious injury. He looks good, though. . . . He’s healthy. He’s moving around to his right and to his left. But yes, that’s part of the conversation.”

Flores has declined to reveal the order of the quarterbacks on the Dolphins’ depth chart, but most observers think Fitzpatrick currently has the lead, Tagovailoa is second and Josh Rosen is third. The Dolphins seem happy to let Fitzpatrick start the season, and give Tagovailoa a little more distance from that college injury.

18 responses to “Brian Flores: Tua is healthy, but last year’s injury is a consideration for Week One

  1. Do NOT play him. You’re going nowhere anyway this year. With no mini camps, a weird training camp on no preseason, he should be sitting the bench for the entire year. But knowing Flores and based on all the bad trades he has made since getting to Miami, he will throw Tua out there. And Tua will be on IR by week 6. No O-line, no running game at all. Hmmm. We did have A pro bowl young O-Lineman and a decent RB (who averaged 5.2 ypc after the trade). What happened? Oh yea, Flores traded them AND an all pro second year DB. We just gave away Raekown McMillan to the Raiders. Flores is in over his head

  2. Having Fitz, there’s no reason to take the risk on Tua. Medically cleared or not – only ten months removed from that injury, there is no reason to rush. Give him time – you’re not winning the Super Bowl this year – there’s no hurry.

  3. ghjjf says:
    September 1, 2020 at 11:48 am
    The Dolphins season will be another failure regardless of who is QB.

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    Miami is absolutely heading in the right direction with a future brighter than most than most franchises. I’d be jealous of them if I wasn’t already a fan.

  4. I think the best thing would be to sit him for a half a season, let him learn and fully recover from the injury. Fitz is more than capable.

    I remember John Elway’s rookie season. He was named starter, opening day. He was lost, just lost. After 4 games he was benched and replaced by Steve Deberg. John regained his confidence and starting status later in the season. He played much better. Sometimes, patience pays off. Be patient, Miami. I think you have a keeper in Tua.

  5. The whole point of having a guy like Fitz is to start him and let him mentor the kid. Would make zero sense to start Tua anything before the bye, if at all this year.

  6. bostonblows says:
    September 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm
    ghjjf says:
    September 1, 2020 at 11:48 am
    The Dolphins season will be another failure regardless of who is QB.

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    Miami is absolutely heading in the right direction with a future brighter than most than most franchises. I’d be jealous of them if I wasn’t already a fan.

    6 5 Rate This

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    Lmao

    Yes, spending 237 million in one free agency period is really the way to build a base of a football team with a falling cap in 2021.

    Hint: You will be god awful this year and next for starters. lmao

    What is it about Miami fans loving their horrible owner and GMs, constantly making big fa splashes every 3 years as players use the franchise for a high, tax free salary?

    Yippee!

    Stupid is as stupid does in Florida.

  7. touchback6 says:
    September 1, 2020 at 12:53 pm
    bostonblows says:
    September 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm
    ghjjf says:
    September 1, 2020 at 11:48 am
    The Dolphins season will be another failure regardless of who is QB.

    —————————

    Miami is absolutely heading in the right direction with a future brighter than most than most franchises. I’d be jealous of them if I wasn’t already a fan.

    6 5 Rate This

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    Lmao

    Yes, spending 237 million in one free agency period is really the way to build a base of a football team with a falling cap in 2021.

    Hint: You will be god awful this year and next for starters. lmao

    What is it about Miami fans loving their horrible owner and GMs, constantly making big fa splashes every 3 years as players use the franchise for a high, tax free salary?

    Yippee!

    Stupid is as stupid does in Florida.

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    Why should anyone believe your tripe Ty? You guaranteed s all that Jarrett Stidham would be the starter in NE. Are you still holding with that claim?

  8. 0 reason to rush Tua into action, just let him sit his rookie year, learn behind Fitzpatrick and the OC, then turn the keys over to him next year with those young O-linemen they took high this year having a year under their belts and presumably some new weapons.

  9. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 1, 2020 at 1:01 pm
    touchback6 says:
    September 1, 2020 at 12:53 pm
    bostonblows says:
    September 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm
    ghjjf says:
    September 1, 2020 at 11:48 am
    The Dolphins season will be another failure regardless of who is QB.

    —————————

    Miami is absolutely heading in the right direction with a future brighter than most than most franchises. I’d be jealous of them if I wasn’t already a fan.

    6 5 Rate This

    ——————-

    Lmao

    Yes, spending 237 million in one free agency period is really the way to build a base of a football team with a falling cap in 2021.

    Hint: You will be god awful this year and next for starters. lmao

    What is it about Miami fans loving their horrible owner and GMs, constantly making big fa splashes every 3 years as players use the franchise for a high, tax free salary?

    Yippee!

    Stupid is as stupid does in Florida.

    ——-

    Why should anyone believe your tripe Ty? You guaranteed s all that Jarrett Stidham would be the starter in NE. Are you still holding with that claim?

    2 3

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    Who was the backup qb behind Brady last year? It wasn’t Hoyer. It was a rookie. His name is Stidham. The only rookie back up in NFL history. This is a simple fact.

    And I don’t care it Newton is a band aid during Covid19 with no OTAs or camp. Stidham is the team’s qb future.

    Now, what about your awful owner and GM duping you again with these insecure spending sprees?

    Grier’s daddy tried to do that in NE before BB arrived. He didn’t learn much from daddy, did he?

  10. touchback6 says: Who was the backup qb behind Brady last year? It wasn’t Hoyer. It was a rookie. His name is Stidham. The only rookie back up in NFL history. This is a simple fact.

    Stidham was the first rookie backup in NFL history – are you really sure about that?

  11. No need to rush Tua. It’s unlikely the season will play out anyway- far too many moving parts to keep it going over 20 weeks.

  12. The Fins don’t need to play Tua, especially with the lack of a preseason to work out the kinks. Let him watch a few games, put him in at the end of a game or two, and start him either later this year or next year. If he’s not starting in 2021, you can start worrying.

  13. harshestreality says:
    September 1, 2020 at 1:40 pm
    touchback6 says: Who was the backup qb behind Brady last year? It wasn’t Hoyer. It was a rookie. His name is Stidham. The only rookie back up in NFL history. This is a simple fact.

    Stidham was the first rookie backup in NFL history – are you really sure about that?

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    With only 2 qbs on the roster? Umm, yes? Except…wait for it…he did it with JimmyG in 2014. Other teams don’t do that. BB never did that before other than JimmyG. We’re getting closer! The point is, Stidham was so good, the trusted vet back up in Hoyer was cut.

    JimmyG and now Stidham are the only ones. Hmm, it’s also confusing. lmao

    Brady didn’t even get to that stage in 2000. BB had 4, most teams keep 3, and that’s that.

    But, feel free to show me which teams keep 2, one being a rookie.

    Yes, Stidham is the only rookie qb to be a back up with 2 qbs on a roster
    since BB did it the first time. See the pattern? Jimmy G was the successor until Brady woke up. Stidham is the successor. Translation? BB loved JimmyG and he loves Stidham.

    I am very sure about that. Enjoy your history lesson of the day!

    lmao

    I mean, the children of today. I just shake my head with the Millennials.

  14. “But knowing Flores and based on all the bad trades he has made since getting to Miami, he will throw Tua out there.

    What are you talking about? Flores doesn’t make the trades the GM does and a lot of what happened with those before last season were clearly things he was not allowed input on.

    Flores took a team that was expected to be 0-16 or 1-15 and closed the season well with some good wins.

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