Dolphins will decide on Sunday whether Tua Tagovailoa or Ryan Fitzpatrick starts

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The Dolphins aren’t tipping their hands about their starting quarterback.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said today that Tua Tagovailoa, who is limited in practice with a thumb injury, is the starter if 100 percent healthy, but the Dolphins won’t decide until Sunday whether they’re confident Tagovailoa can go, or whether Ryan Fitzpatrick will start.

“He was limited in practice. We’ll take it one day at a time. Both quarterbacks practiced yesterday. We’ll see how he progresses throughout the week and make a decision on Sunday,” Flores said, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

Fitzpatrick started the first six games of the season and was playing well before Flores made the surprising decision to bench him for Tagovailoa. Flores then benched Tagovailoa for Fitzpatrick in Week 11, and Tagovailoa injured his thumb in practice in Week 12, forcing Fitzpatrick to start again. Now the Dolphins will wait and see who’s going to go on Sunday against the Bengals, when the Dolphins will be heavily favored to win no matter who their starting quarterback is.

18 responses to “Dolphins will decide on Sunday whether Tua Tagovailoa or Ryan Fitzpatrick starts

  1. Fitz is starting. Ray Charles can see that coming. Flores does not want to admit he was wrong when he benched Fitz and said Tua gave them their best chance to win.
    Now he realizes Fitz gives them the best chance to win so the phantom thumb injury will linger until Fitz doesn’t actually give them the best chance to win.

  2. So much for riding the hot hand. They bench Fitz and now they are playing musical chairs at QB. This doesn’t look like a successful strategy.

  3. Tua gets us to the postseason (btw has a passer rating over 100 and still has not thrown even 1 int) while Fitz gets us to 8-8 at best.

    If you want to win games start Tua not the career backup.

  4. The bigger the hype about the QB coming out of college, the bigger bust that they are in the NFL!

  5. It make sense that for the Dolphins tol decide. I guess the alternative would have been to let J-Lo and A-Rod make the call.

  6. Tua has plenty of time … with the Dolphins so close to a playoff berth, let Fitz try to seal the deal and taste a winner, like he did with the Jets awhile back in 2015 … if he falters, then go Tua Tags …

  7. Here is the real question and why this is dragged out:

    Do you lose the lockerroom if you don’t start Fitzpatrick?

    The reality is, the first benching made sense. THe lockerroom could probably understand. They probably HOPED Tua would come on the field and look immediately LEGIT, like a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or even one of the new young phenom QBs.

    He does not look like that. Doesn’t mean he’s a bust, but it just means you can sell that idea anymore.

    Now on the CUSP of a playoff berth, if you insert Tua and it hurts, you could lose the lockerroom.

    I’m sure they are considering this. This is why I expect Fitzpatrick to finish out the season.

  8. Fitz can make some throws but he’s a gun slinger and just throws too many INt’s. Need to see if Tua is the real deal but the Phins still need to draft and sign some playmakers. The TE is good and Parker is good. The rest aren’t.

  9. A lot of speculation with little facts.
    Tua was sacked 6 times in the Denver game. It looked like the last one hurt.
    Flores had the perfect excuse to attribute the benching to injury but said he was pulling Tua because “Fitz gave them the best chance to win”
    And you want to me believe that three days later he changed his mind by making up an imaginary injury to a finger? And he is going to keep benching Tua using the same imaginary injury for the rest of the year.
    Tua was injured. Flores was hoping that he would play until the last minute.
    Tua will probably play this week (90%). And if not it would because his real injury has not healed and he can’t throw. Not because Flores is lying through his teeth when he does not need to.

  10. As a bills fan, I hope they start Tua for the rest of the season. Especially when we play them in the final week.

  11. ghjjf says: December 3, 2020 at 11:22 am: The bigger the hype about the QB coming out of college, the bigger bust that they are in the NFL!
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    Well, uh, it wasn’t that way for Joe Burrows or Peyton or Elway or Marino.

  12. Aren’t they playing the Bengals this week? Get the QB the Broncos used last week and rest both Fitz and Tua. ☺

  13. “bannedtwice says:
    December 3, 2020 at 2:08 pm
    As a bills fan, I hope they start Tua for the rest of the season. Especially when we play them in the final week”
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    Excellent chance that you will get your wish. See you then.

  14. This is not & was never a “win now” decree when they hired Flo. Get a grip people that are on the “dump Tua” camp. It is a culture & long term change. Finally, this franchise has a defense, sure it still needs a little work, but at least competitive. Stay the course with Tua. Look how Tanny has developed. Tua has much more going for him coming out of College. With some in this room, either you win an MVP AND a SB in 4 games, (4 games?) or your complete trash, & we will kick you to the curb. There’s a very good reason that we work as painters, delivery, electricians, or quickie mart clerks, & that’s because we’d be fired in short order as GM’s.

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