Brian Flores: If Tua Tagovailoa’s healthy, he’s the starter

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The Dolphins won with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback on Sunday, but there’s no question of who they consider their No. 1 quarterback moving forward.

Head coach Brian Flores didn’t hesitate when asked who will start against the Bengals next week if Tua Tagovailoa is cleared to return from the left thumb injury that left him out against the Jets.

“If he’s healthy, he’s the guy,” Flores said in his postgame press conference.

Flores said that Tagovailoa was close to being able to play, but that the team wanted to make “good decisions” about his health. Fitzpatrick threw a pair of touchdowns in the 20-3 win and Flores said that he “played well” even if there’s no thought to turning back to him on a full-time basis.

18 responses to “Brian Flores: If Tua Tagovailoa’s healthy, he’s the starter

  1. He’ never healthy. He’s soft. He better get well soon or his father might take action against him.

  2. I’d leave Fitz in. The offensive line allowed 4 sacks. They need to get the problem with the offensive line ironed out. Deangelo Washington is now Miami’s best back. I’d be worried if I was laird or Brieda. I’d cut them tomorrow. Waste of a roster spot.

  3. Flores didn’t say Tua was their “No. 1 QB, ” he said “he’s the guy.” I can’t remember another situation like this where a playoff team continually makes the choice not to field their best team. I guess Dolphin fans have to root for Tua to spend the rest of the year on the injured list?

  4. Fitz has the Doug Flutie syndrome. He wins wherever he goes but doesn’t look the part so the pinheads keep replacing him.

  5. Flores has done an amazing job turning around the lowly Dolphins. Keep replacing the guy who has led the team back to respectability with an unproven, injury prone rookie who has shown next to nothing and the slide back to loserville will be a quick one.

  6. Fitz needs to finish out the season IMO
    Let Tua have the entire off-season and preseason. Fitz gives you the best chance to win period!

  7. There is a chance to make the playoffs and Fitzpatrick will get the team deeper into the playoffs than Tua.

  8. progmmr says:
    November 29, 2020 at 5:20 pm
    I’d leave Fitz in. The offensive line allowed 4 sacks. They need to get the problem with the offensive line ironed out. Deangelo Washington is now Miami’s best back. I’d be worried if I was laird or Brieda. I’d cut them tomorrow. Waste of a roster spot.
    ————————————————————————-
    1-It’s DeAndre Washington
    2- Breida was hurt couple weeks ago he played well today.
    3- If you take Washington’s 16 yard run away today, he averaged 2.8 ypc, he is averaging 2.7 ypc on the season. Ahmed has actually been their best back the last few weeks, which isn’t saying much.
    4- They would cut Jordan Howard or Leigh Bodden before they would cut Breida or Laird.

    They have had so many injuries at RB this year, they won’t be quick to cut anyone.

  9. The Fitzmagic/tragic mania really needs to stop, he is NOT leading the Dolphins to the postseason like Tua could.

    Their is a reason why Fitz has been on 8 different teams and never had any real success, yes he played well in 2019 and helped the Dolphins get 5 wins, he’s not a successful starting QB, i think 16 years in the NFL has proved that, he’s a solid backup QB at best.

  10. Please dont compare Flutie and Fitzpatrick. Fitz has never been a winner despite toughness. Flutie won big in Canada and had a winning record in the NFL. Had he played against the Titans in the 99/00 playoffs, there would have been no Music City Miracle …

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