Chan Gailey takes blame for Tua Tagovailoa’s struggles against Denver

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Tua Tagovailoa has had a solid rookie season, getting over a rough patch that came against Denver on Nov. 22.

The Dolphins benched Tagovailoa with 10:44 remaining, down 20-10, after he went only 11-of-20 for 83 yards and a touchdown. Tagovailoa also took six sacks before leaving for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, though, is taking the blame for Tagovailoa’s struggles against the Broncos.

“I think Denver did a great job,” Gailey said this week, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “They did some things that we didn’t plan on, and it hurt us. That’s my job. It wasn’t him as much as it was me in that ball game. I think we’ve progressed and [we’re] learning where he’s comfortable . . . and how we can incorporate what’s comfortable to him. It takes time. You don’t like to say that. You want it all to come together immediately. I think we’re working toward what we can be for some time. I don’t think we’ve gotten there. We’re still progressing, but we’ve made some progress.”

Tagovailoa still is working on the long ball. He has a long completion of 35 yards this season.

12 responses to “Chan Gailey takes blame for Tua Tagovailoa’s struggles against Denver

  1. That’s a lot of sacks to take for a guy who is supposed to be a runner. Wonder if that says a lot about where his hip is after surgery.

  2. If Jakeem Grant wasn’t trash he wouldve had a 90+ yard pass a couple of games ago.

  3. The Dolphins run an offense like it’s 1990’s … by that Chan , you gotta let Tua be unleashed and let him move ( throwing and or running) the ball up the field . He is better than Jalen Hurts; and look at the success Hurts is having. Because the Eagles are letting Jalen be Jalen..!!

  4. From the outside looking in, it’s hard to tell if the Dolphins are successful because of Chan Gailey or in spite of him.

  5. “That’s a lot of sacks to take for a guy who is supposed to be a runner. Wonder if that says a lot about where his hip is after surgery.”

    Who said he was a “runner”? He ran the ball a total of 23 times in 2019 at Alabama lol

  6. It’s easy to ‘let Jalen be Jalen’ when your team is beat-up and losing and your coach is 50:50 to get fired. What have you got to lose?

    Tua came into a playoff contender and pressure has always been on to win. The team is 5-2 in his starts and he missed an easy Jets W with a thumb injury. So Tua is doing just fine. I’d take him over Herbert or Burrow. Not sure about Trevor Lawrence LOL, he seems like the safest #1 overall pick ever. But if the Jets blew their chance at him then I’m happy to see Lawrence go to the Jags.

  7. Hard to throw a long ball when no one can get separation, and when they do, they drop the ball anyways.

  8. Tua is just not very good. How much more dangerous are the Phins with Fitzpatrick under center.

  9. I really like Tua. I wanted the Dolphins to take Herbert because of Tua’s injury history, but Tua has really surprised me. He is very accurate with his throws and moves around in the pocket better than Tannehill did when I watched him as a rookie. He’s still learning what it takes to play at a high level as a pro, but his leadership abilities and great character are two things no one can question about him. I’m okay with the selection. I trust the process.

  10. blahblah5528 blahblah5528 says:
    December 22, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    “So Tua is doing just fine. I’d take him over Herbert or Burrow. Not sure about Trevor Lawrence LOL, he seems like the safest #1 overall pick ever. But if the Jets blew their chance at him then I’m happy to see Lawrence go to the Jags.”

    You’d take Tua over Herbert or Burrow? According to this current season’s play? I can’t imagine you are serious. I mean, I get it if you are a Dolphins fan and being hopeful, as we all are about our teams. And I like Tua just fine, he’s looked ok, and he might end up being really good. But he’s not in the same class as Burrow or Herbert at this point. Maybe you mean that because Burrow’s leg is shredded at the moment and Herbert plays for an inferior team? So confused. You may be the only person on earth that has or would make that statement, Tua and Dolphins executives included.

  11. I’ve said it over 1000 times throughout the years and I’ll say it again for those who missed it.
    Bama makes their QBs look good, QB’s don’t make Bama look good!

    Bama hasn’t put a franchise QB in the NFL for 52yrs and I’ll bet in 4yrs it’ll be 56yrs! Now I’m not saying Tua will be a bust but I believe he’ll be average at best!

    Just courious, where were all the “HE’S TOO SHORT” people this draft? That’s all I heard about Mayfield and he’s an inch taller that Tua!

  12. Hes doing exactly what’s asked of him and that is not turn the ball over by keeping his throws low. Dolphins have an upstart defense/special teams unit and Tua is not asked to do alot. I’d rather have the Fins win then see Tua throw for 300 and multiple picks. People can hate on him cause he went to Bama but hes shown a maturity and steady hand you really dont see from a rookie. I’m OK with his progress. This recent win against the Pats was just that. He could’ve folded after the first half and got the hook but he didnt. I’ve watched this team for a long time a 3 years ago that’s a game we kick 3 FGs and get blown out in. This is all stuff to build on. Tacking on wins is what it’s all about.

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