Brian Flores says he never lost confidence in Tua Tagovailoa last season

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Joe Burrow began the season as the Bengals’ starting quarterback and kept the job until he injured his knee in Week 10. Justin Herbert unexpectedly took over as the Chargers’ starter in Week 2 and never gave the job back to Tyrod Taylor.

The quarterback drafted between Burrow and Herbert in 2020 — fifth-overall choice Tua Tagovailoa — had to wait his turn, and even then, his hold on the job was tenuous.

Tagovailoa went 6-3 as the Dolphins’ starter, but coach Brian Flores twice pulled him for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick rallied the Dolphins to a victory over the Raiders and nearly led a comeback over the Broncos.

Flores said it was not a sign of lost confidence in Tagovailoa, but in-game decisions that gave the Dolphins the best chance to win. Miami went into Week 17 in the playoff race.

“Last year’s situation is . . . we’ve talked about this numerous times,” Flores told Peter King in Football Morning in America. “If he had started the season, we wouldn’t have pulled him. We put him in. We’re in a playoff chase. At that point, it’s hey, we’ve got to do whatever we’ve got to do to try to win. But no, my confidence wasn’t shaken in him.”

The Dolphins did not re-sign Fitzpatrick, who now is the starter in Washington. That leaves the job firmly in Tagovailoa’s hands this season with Jacoby Brissett now backing up Tagovailoa.

6 responses to “Brian Flores says he never lost confidence in Tua Tagovailoa last season

  1. Tua was benched pulled for Fitzpatrick. That’s a funny way to show support.

  2. going to be even funnier when fitzmagic leads the wft to the promised land. #HTTR

  3. I know Coach Flores is the man for the job and know he has confidence in Tua. Tua will be just fine, Coach Flores will have his team ready week in and out, and all those who aren’t on board will be soon enough.

  4. amaf21 says:
    May 10, 2021 at 7:02 pm
    going to be even funnier when fitzmagic leads the wft to the promised land. #HTTR

    How many teams has he led to the postseason?

  5. He did all of this last year you know, hey I have all the confidence in the world now we need to win so I am pulling you out. That whole strategy work only because of Fitz. But the shine will be off this year. He pulls him now and the win then you have a problem. If you pull him and they lose you still have a problem. The only solution is to win.

  6. Were I a coach in the NFL and had 2 quarterback s that I had faith in I would play both and call plays that worked to the strengths of the different players. This year I might hav two entirely different offenses and let Brissett lead one. Go hurry up big time and switch the entire team every 6-8 plays. Watch the defence melt.

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