Tua Tagovailoa to start for Dolphins

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The Dolphins gave rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a taste of playing time in Sunday’s blowout win over the Jets. Now they think he’s ready to take over.

Tagovailoa will start for the Dolphins in Week Eight against the Rams, following the Dolphins’ bye this week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will now be Tagovailoa’s backup. Fitzpatrick has played well enough that he doesn’t really deserve to be benched, but the plan was always to start Tagovailoa when the coaching staff thought he was ready, and now the coaching staff thinks he’s ready.

The Dolphins are 3-3 and could compete for a playoff spot in the AFC, but they’re balancing winning now with building for the future, and they’ve decided that Tua Time is now.

97 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa to start for Dolphins

  1. The Dolphins must love playing with fire. This young man goes down so do all your future dreams. I wouldn’t put him behind that O-line at this point. I just don’t think this is being well thought out.

  2. I understand the move. But if Tua ends up looking average to bad and The Dolphins miss the playoffs by 1 or 2 games or the wheels come off? There will be plenty of questions about not waiting until next year.

  3. Kind of an odd time to put him in, given that Fitzpatrick seemed to be playing ok.

    But I get it. Miami is counting on Tua to be a special QB for many years. That’s not happening with Fitzpatrick.

  4. They’re in the playoff race. I would take my chances with the seasoned veteran, but I’m not an NFL coach. Certainly seems weird for sure.

  5. YIKES!! They want to start Tua against Donald the best defensive player in the entire NFL?? I think they should re-think that.

  6. This kid is so talented, I’m excited for the dolphins. He instantly attracts viewers to the team. I hope their right tackle is ready to be their blindside blocker.

  7. Fitzgerald will be starting again soon enough.

    It’s basically the Law of Fitzgerald. If he’s on your team, he’ll soon be revealed to be the best QB on the roster. When that becomes a bad look for your high draft pick who isn’t as good, release him. This has happened like 15 times and counting in this guy’s career.

  8. I will say that if Fitz agreed to being relegated back to the bench, he is professionalism personified. He has led that team to 2nd place in the East with a real shot at making the playoffs this season. Watching Fitz come out every week and play like there’s no tomorrow with a genuine love for, not just football, but his teammates is what it should be all about. I didn’t think Tua would get in there this early especially with how Fitz has rallied that team but I know Fitz will be Tua’s biggest supporter and giver of advise.

  9. So if he struggles then what? Not a good plan for a team with a decent chance of winning the division and after just coming off two blowout wins….

  10. Wow they giving up on the season already. Best chance as ever to win the division with the Pats under .500 and the Bills losing 2 in a row. They were right there just 1 game behind. Dolphins gonna be Dolphins. They could’ve made a decent playoff run and at least let Tua sit a bit more, he’s not going to do as well as Fitzpatrick for the remainder of the season. I don’t understand the rush, let Tua heal up even more too.

  11. Gonna make his debut as a starter with Aaron Donald coming straight at him. Talk about a trial by fire.

  12. I’m surprised but will say this: Although just his 2nd season Flores has earned the benefit of the doubt. He’s doing a great job and if he and his staff think it’s time for the change then roll the dice because the future is now.

  13. In the long term, this is probably the right move. The Doplhins might have a shot to sneak into the playoffs with Fitzpatrick, but that will just delay Tua’s development.
    This could end up like the ’04 Giants who had a winning record with Warner, but switched to Eli and proceeded to lose 8 games in a row.

  14. Gutsy move. The head coach is looking to the future and discounting the likely advantage Fitzpatrick gives them this season. I just hope they aren’t throwing Tua to the wolves with this decision.

  15. Terrible decision. Bad O-Line and not much in the way of a running game. Plus they are only a game out of first. Tua has had no meaningful football in a year. No mini camp, no preseason.

  16. orthomarine says:
    October 20, 2020 at 11:58 am
    Everything happens for a reason…. of he starts to struggle, very easy to plug Fitz right back in
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    No, that it what you CANNOT do. Once you make the switch to Tua, it is for the rest of the season, barring injury. That’s what makes the timing even more curious. I figured week 10, maybe (id they were out of it). But no, you cannot play musical quarterbacks with your #1 pick QB.

  17. That might backfire. You roll with the hot hand in the NFL. Throwing the kid into the fire when not necessary might backfire.

  18. fmlizard says:
    October 20, 2020 at 11:36 am
    Anyone wanna trade for some FitzMagic? The Bears might win the Super Bowl with him.

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    With Fitz, Bears can get to .500.

  19. Great move… u get to see wat you have at QB..oline actually has been playing well and with some decent weapons he should be okay.. can’t wait to watch….

  20. People are forgetting that they’re giving Tua his first start against the Jets, who are one of the worst teams I’ve ever seen. That’s the absolute best scenario for your first start.

  21. Odd timing when you consider how well Fitz is playing. Plus facing the Rams?? Should’ve waited until some of the weaker opponents or until Fitz started playing poorly.

  22. News flash, we are not going to win the SB this year. Its time to find out what Tua can or cant do and prep accordingly.

  23. Raggard says:
    October 20, 2020 at 11:41 am
    YIKES!! They want to start Tua against Donald the best defensive player in the entire NFL?? I think they should re-think that.

    This is the 1st thing I thought of, strange time to start him with Aaron Donald coming to town. I believe it is because of the Dolphins BYE week being moved to this week and the extra time to prepare. We will see if its a good move or not.

  24. I think it is a great idea. See what he can do. Either he has it or he doesn’t. They need to know because they are looking on another low first draft pick from Texans.

  25. This is a marketing move. The owner and GM heard the crowd go crazy for Tua and now they are making a choice they could really regret. I’m not rooting against Tua, but a full season behind Fitz would be better for his development.

  26. Are the Dolphins seeking advice from Adam Gase?

    This seems like a bad decision with the momentum the Dolphins have.

  27. shuzaam says:
    October 20, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    Thank you for building up that 24-0 lead, Fitz. We’re gonna put Tua in now…

    ……………

    If you watched that game, you would’ve seen Fitzpatrick leading the entire stadium as they rooted for Tua in the final minutes of that game.

  28. I didn’t see the game but did Tua really sparkle that much in his limited time on the field? Maybe he’s lighting up in practice, kind of like Brady was doing before any of us had any idea who he was.

  29. One thing you can be sure of is that Fitz doesn’t have one ounce of resentment about this. He’s known from the start this was going to happen, And at this point in his career, Fitz has made so much money (Thanks, Buffalo) that coming to work everyday to mentor Tua simply makes him a well paid player-coach.

  30. On a related subject:
    Does anyone ever wonder what would’ve happened had the Dolphins doctor not told the team to pass on Drew Brees 15 years ago? This is one of the colossal miscalculations in NFL history and no one ever mentions it…

  31. Fitzpatrick struggles to complete passes over 15 yards that weren’t 50/50 balls to Parker or Williams.

    It was time, Miami should’ve beat the Jets 24-0.

    Thanks for all you did Ryan. Fitz knows better than anyone he can’t do what Tua can.

    Hey Buffalo, forget that * division title we were going to hand you this year, we are going to go ahead and just start our ascent to the AFCE crown now.

    New England…….it was nice knowing you.

    NYJ……..LMAO.

  32. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    October 20, 2020 at 12:04 pm
    Terrible decision. Bad O-Line and not much in the way of a running game. Plus they are only a game out of first. Tua has had no meaningful football in a year. No mini camp, no preseason.
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    Lol. You clearly haven’t been watching. Their o-line has been surprisingly good this year. Fitz leaves a lot of plays out there. These coaches watch practice unlike the couch potatoes on message boards.

  33. Tanking for Trevor? They did this last year with Rosen and he ended up on some practice squad. Poor Tua….

  34. So basically they had such a good game on Sunday that they decided to bench their starting QB? Makes sense… Tua’s 2 passes for 9 yards must have been too good to pass up.

  35. Most of the people commenting on this haven’t been watching the dolphins this year. Their O-line has been MUCH better then years past. I thought they would wait till next year but I don’t hate the decision coming off the bye. Give Tua a chance.

  36. Actually love this decision by the Dolphins…finally a plan and following through with the plan…Great stuff!!!

  37. jjackwagon says:
    October 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Odd timing when you consider how well Fitz is playing. Plus facing the Rams?? Should’ve waited until some of the weaker opponents or until Fitz started playing poorly.

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    Idk man The fins whooped the 49ers who then beat the rams? Another person commenting that hasn’t watched the dolphins – Yeah, they won 24-0 but Fitz did throw 2 INT’s and didn’t play so hot in the 2nd half.

  38. The Dolphins do not want a competent quarterback: they rejected Drew Brees who wanted to play there and traded Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans

  39. Wow, the Dolphins are giving up on the season already? Geez, they had a good thing going. Fitz isn’t the answer, but Tua isn’t even close to ready. Maybe the coach sees this and he’s just gearing up for the future.

  40. Just before the trade deadline? Hmmmm! interesting. The team would win more with Fitz at QB. get used to same Ol’Dolphins.

  41. Look at all the commenters who would run the Dolphins better than Brian Flores.

    How many of you watched the Jets-Dolphins game on Sunday and can say with a straight face Fitzpatrick should start again.

    24-0 should’ve been 48-0 if not for Fitz and his noodle.

    Thanks arm chair GMs but Brian Flores knows what he’s doing.

  42. charliecharger says:
    October 20, 2020 at 12:58 pm
    Wow, the Dolphins are giving up on the season already? Geez, they had a good thing going. Fitz isn’t the answer, but Tua isn’t even close to ready. Maybe the coach sees this and he’s just gearing up for the future.

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    Maybe leave the opinions to the people who actually watch the games?

    Tua was born ready.

  43. Ponto60 says:
    October 20, 2020 at 1:11 pm
    Just before the trade deadline? Hmmmm! interesting. The team would win more with Fitz at QB. get used to same Ol’Dolphins.

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    This makes no sense. Fitz has been starting for a year and a half for Miami and they weren’t going to beat any contenders with him.

    Fitz himself said Tua can make the throws he can’t. Breaking news, Miami doesn’t play just the Jets 16 times. Believe it or not, we actually play teams like Kansas Ciry too.

    I think the haters are worried.

    Same old Dolphins? Ya the kind that dominated the NFL from 1970-2000.

  44. kenmasters34 says:
    October 20, 2020 at 12:43 pm
    This sounds like a GM/ownership move to me.

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    Nope, just the man in charge Brian Flores.

  45. IF HE IS SUPER, you are in the playoffs. If not, you just blew up and wasted any chances you might have had for the playoffs, especially with the Patriots looking like a mediocre team as well as having mucked up any FitzMagic you might have been building up.

  46. Naturally, nearly everyone on here has criticized the move just because they’re the Dolphins right? (And where are you, Mortimer?) Seems like it’s “damned if they do” (put Tua in) and “damned if they don’t” (put Tua in)…You know I’d love to see these Know-it-all “Dolphins fans” (who were as wrong about Tannehill as could be) actually coaching the Dolphins…sheesh Gase might have even been better! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahah

    And putting Tua in with Aaron Donald coming up just might be the BEST way to know exactly what Tua is made of…oh, and in case you didn’t know, Miami’s OL is a helluva lot better than last years! Remember…they have played Seattle’s, NE’s, and Buffalo’s defenses already and lived to tell about it! You do know Tua is mobile, correct? We’ll see…

  47. REMATCH!!!! This move suddenly makes the November 1st, week 13 game against Cincinnati way more interesting. The last time a Joe Burrow-led team played a Tua-led team was on November 9, 2019. LSU beat ‘Bama 46-41. Who would have thought a year later those two outstanding young men would share the big stage once again, especially with everything that’s happened to the world and them?

  48. I wonder how the players feel about this move? I mean at 3-3 they are right in the playoff hunt and they’ve got a guy who is giving them high quality QB play. I’d be pissed if things fell apart because of poor QB play when we had a damn good one sitting on the bench.

  49. Think about this for a moment. They are going up against a brutal pass rush and Tua is more athletic and can extend plays. That is what they need for this game.

  50. What?? WHY?? Fitzmagic is being Fitzmagic at the moment and the Fins are on a roll. Does Flores not want to make the playoffs or something??

  51. poor fitz. dude was leading cheers for tua but bet he didnt realize his season was over…hes earned the right to start. they are on the hunt and change the qb? plus if he struggles and they try to go back to fitz he might not be the same cuz hes now lost trust in the staff

  52. jhorton83 says:
    October 20, 2020 at 12:12 pm
    People are forgetting that they’re giving Tua his first start against the Jets, who are one of the worst teams I’ve ever seen. That’s the absolute best scenario for your first start
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    jets were last week. got rams with a donald this week

  53. I don’t understand the move either, but Brian Flores has been making mostly right decisions since he’s been hired. I think I’d just trust him on this one.

  54. This doesn’t sound like a coaching decision. Flores would probably want this kid to marinate more before throwing him to the wolves.

  55. tirdbirgler says:
    October 20, 2020 at 2:35 pm
    Shoulda taken Herbert.

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    Based on what?

    Herbert couldn’t make two easy throws in OT to keep their hopes alive against the Saints.

    You overly impressed with the plays Mike Williams made?

  56. Timing is right on the money for this rebuild. Sure he could get hurt again but he’s ready, the coach is ready, his team wants him now as so does Fitz. Bye week to get ready and keep the rebuild going in the right direction. 2 picks in the top ten of the next draft and things are finally coming together in Miami.

  57. bostonblows says:

    October 20, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I think the haters are worried.

    Same old Dolphins? Ya the kind that dominated the NFL from 1970-2000

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    I admire your passion, but in what world did the dolphins dominate the NFL from 1970 to 2000? In 2000 they were 26 years removed from their last championship. 16 years removed from their last appearance (a loss). They didn’t even dominate their conference in the 1970’s, their most successful decade.

  58. lastwordonpft says:

    October 20, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    On a related subject:
    Does anyone ever wonder what would’ve happened had the Dolphins doctor not told the team to pass on Drew Brees 15 years ago? This is one of the colossal miscalculations in NFL history and no one ever mentions it…

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    It was talked about time and time again over the years but as Culpepper and everyone else seemingly has retired why keep bringing it up? None of the decision makers are still in charger there. That being said it’s on the gm not the doctor. If you feel Brees is a transcendent talent you take the risk just as Ron Wolf did when green bays doctor failed Favre but at the time Brees wasnt thought of as a transcendent talent and the argument can be made that he may never have become that type of player if not for having Payton as his head coach.

  59. Why start him now? Your second pick in the first round, that O-Lineman (left tackle out of USC) is on IR. That left tackle is Tua’s bodyguard. At least wait until that left tackle is healthy and can protect Tua….. Just my 2 cents

  60. phinfan49 says:
    October 20, 2020 at 12:55 pm
    jjackwagon says:
    October 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Odd timing when you consider how well Fitz is playing. Plus facing the Rams?? Should’ve waited until some of the weaker opponents or until Fitz started playing poorly.

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    Idk man The fins whooped the 49ers who then beat the rams? Another person commenting that hasn’t watched the dolphins – Yeah, they won 24-0 but Fitz did throw 2 INT’s and didn’t play so hot in the 2nd half.


    Idk man. The Bears beat the Bucs and then the Bucs crushed the Pack. But do I think the Bears will beat the Pack? Likely not….

  61. Looks like a bad decision to me. The state they’ve been in is a huge luxury – you’re winning with a veteran, lots of good feelings around the team, creates a GREAT opportunity to take your time in developing your future starter. Add some more pieces. Improve your o-line. Build on the good vibe as a team that players would want to go to. Then put him out there once things are in a bit better shape overall.

    Who knows, maybe it will work out great. But this seems like needlessly rushing something and squandering an opportunity that most teams don’t have.

  62. bostonblows says:
    October 20, 2020 at 1:39 pm
    Look at all the commenters who would run the Dolphins better than Brian Flores.

    How many of you watched the Jets-Dolphins game on Sunday and can say with a straight face Fitzpatrick should start again.

    24-0 should’ve been 48-0 if not for Fitz and his noodle.

    Thanks arm chair GMs but Brian Flores knows what he’s doing.
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    I did. Would have preferred he was in shortly after it became 24-zip against that average D-line.

  63. The left tackle don’t have Tua blind side because he is left handed. Also for those who don’t remember that Dan Marino lost his first game and a bunch of fans had a fit. I think that there is not a person on this blog knows what the coachers know about Tua. Bill

  64. Clitoral Hood says:
    October 20, 2020 at 4:07 pm
    Why start him now? Your second pick in the first round, that O-Lineman (left tackle out of USC) is on IR. That left tackle is Tua’s bodyguard. At least wait until that left tackle is healthy and can protect Tua….. Just my 2 cents

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    Usually that would make sense except Tua is left handed so the RT is his body guard. I’d still rather have al 5 starters in there first though.

  65. Aaron Donald: Sup Tua, this isn’t the SEC no mo, welcome to the big boys league. You’ll be seeing alot of me today.
    Tua: Thank you Mr. Donald, now can you please get off me?

  66. If the Dolphins were lucky enough to make the playoffs, they’re not going far, so they need to see if this kid can play. There’s always a possibility COVID could rear it’s ugly head and shut the season down, so he needs to get his reps ASAP.

  67. Lot of comments here by people who much not know a lot about football. Pretty sure the coaching staff knows when and how they wanted to bring the kid in to start. As far as Fitz goes, great guy BUT he averages 5 wins a year for the past 8 years. When he is on, he is really good, when he is off, he is horrible.
    And the Dolphins have a bad Oline and can’t run the ball? That comment has no basis in any facts. I suggest some of you worry about Burrow and not Tua. He will be just fine.

  68. paupwarner says:
    October 20, 2020 at 6:56 pm
    Would really like to know what the locker room thinks of this?
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    Doesn’t matter. The genius wannabe Miami Dolphin’s GM’s have spoken! They’ll be back when this explodes in their faces.

  69. Very strange. Why not go with the hot hand, Fitzpatrick, for now until he cools off? Hey, I’m not a coach and not there everyday to see what’s going on. Maybe Tua is, indeed, ready. Either way, I look forward to Tua Time!

  70. bostonblows says:
    October 20, 2020 at 1:40 pm
    charliecharger says:
    October 20, 2020 at 12:58 pm
    Wow, the Dolphins are giving up on the season already? Geez, they had a good thing going. Fitz isn’t the answer, but Tua isn’t even close to ready. Maybe the coach sees this and he’s just gearing up for the future.

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    Maybe leave the opinions to the people who actually watch the games?

    Tua was born ready.
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    Geez, that would start a new trend. Comment on something you actually know about? Why in the world would anybody do that? This is America! The least qualified, the better.

  71. This board is going crazy over this… and for good reason.

    What did Herm Edwards once say? “You play. To win. The game.”

    Do we root for players success over the team’s success? Can they be separated?

    The fact that the Dolphins are changing quarterbacks after WINNING TWO-BLOW OUTS must say something about the player or team or organization.

    Tua has to be an upgrade to take them to the next level. There is no reason to concede anything at 3-3. So Tua must give the team a better chance to win.

    OR

    Are they afraid of Fitzpatrick having TOO much success and making hard for Tua. No way, that would be babying quarterbacks. This is the NFL. I mean, look at Darnold. He’s gone next year, right? So Tua must be better.

    One post said this was about marketing. MARKETING? If so, that is the end of pure sport and the beginning of selling T-Shirts.

    Rooting for Tua, but if he doesn’t equal or best the last two wins… it’s a bad look for the organization.

  72. Fitz has never made post season in 18 years, why would he now? Tua gives them better chance but I don’t think they believe they will this year, still only half way through the rebuild. This is more about the future than getting to post season this year.

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