Brian Flores: Patriots will be “very good challenge” for Tua Tagovailoa

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick moved to 21-5 when facing rookie quarterbacks since the start of the 2000 season when the Patriots beat the Chargers earlier this season.

Some of those wins came with Dolphins head coach Brian Flores on the New England defensive coaching staff, so he has first-hand knowledge of how difficult Belichick can make life for first-year signal callers. Flores is coaching such a player in Tua Tagovailoa and he was asked on Wednesday if he thinks Tagovailoa is going to see things he’s never seen before when the two AFC East teams square off on Sunday.

“There is no way he’s seen everything he’s likely to see. He’s so young in his career. This is going to be a very good challenge,” Flores said, via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Justin Herbert had a miserable day in the Chargers’ 45-0 loss to the Patriots in Week 13, so we’ll see if Flores’ history with Belichick helps him set Tagovailoa up for more success in Miami this weekend.

5 responses to “Brian Flores: Patriots will be “very good challenge” for Tua Tagovailoa

  1. Tua will have a hard time with the Pats, but not nearly as much as Herbert did. He doesn’t make dumb throws, he actually knows how to read coverage, and he’s mobile. Tua is the best rookie QB in the latest draft class by far.

  2. Tua should get a pass regardless of the outcome. He is missing his top 3 WR. top 3 RB and TE. and has 3 rooking OL players.

  3. This game has little to do with Tua and more to do with the Miami defense vs. Cam Newton. Add to that even in the Brady era the Patriots never play well in Miami. With all that in mind, I will take Miami for the win.

  4. All this Tua-Herbert talk is not only immature, anyone who thinks Tua is the better QB based on solely what both have done this year is sadly mistaken. He might end up being better, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’ll never understand the desire some fans have to size players up so early in their careers.

    Set the record straight, as a Dolphins fan, so far, Herbert is better than Tua. So far.

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