Brian Flores: Tua Tagovailoa doing everything necessary to make improvements

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The Dolphins were busy trading picks long before the 2021 draft got underway in late April and they wound up adding four players in the first 42 selections.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, edge rusher Jaelan Phillips, safety Jevon Holland, and offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg join a roster that General Manager Chris Grier and head coach Brian Flores have overhauled over the last three years. The goal of all of that work has been to build a playoff team and falling short of that mark in 2021 would be a disappointment.

It would also be a mark against quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The fifth overall pick of the 2020 draft had his ups and downs as a rookie and will come under a lot of scrutiny if they play a role in the team falling short in his second season. Flores told Peter King of Football Morning in America that everything isn’t on Tagovailoa’s shoulders, but acknowledged the importance of his improvement.

“I never like to put it on one player,” Flores said. “I think we’ve got a lot of young players, and we’re looking for all of those players as well as really everyone on our team to improve in a variety of ways. If they’re putting all the work in, I expect them to improve, get better, and perform better. Tua is obviously at the top of that list. He’s been working. All signs point to — or I would say based on my experience — he’s doing everything necessary to make some improvements. That’s really all we can ask for. My thing is if you put the work in, the results will take care of themselves.”

Whether it’s about one player or not, a lot will be riding on those results in Miami.

12 responses to “Brian Flores: Tua Tagovailoa doing everything necessary to make improvements

  1. The Dolphins will be drafting a quarterback in the first round in 2022, the Tua pick will set the franchise back another 5 years.
    Sad but true.

  2. If Tua is a bust, Grier might regret trading 2022’s extra first round pick to move from 12 to six for Waddle.

  3. Can’t get bigger, stronger and more athletic. Nice guy but does not have the physical attributes to be a franchise quarterback. This team would be scary if they had Herbert.

  4. I get the feeling by watching him that ultimately he’ll remain an average NFL quarterback. We’ll see though—it’s still early.

  5. So are the Eagles and Hurrts. Apparently they’re modeling the Dolphins.

  6. Tua was one of the best rated QB‘s coming out of college. If he wasn’t injured (hip), had mini camps and a pandemic free off season we wouldn’t be having this conversation now. Stop judging him until the upcoming season is over. He was a proven winner before the injury and I think that will continue in the pro’s now that he is healthy. I’m rooting for him to have a successful season. Time will tell.

  7. We’ll see how he is almost 2 years removed from the hip injury. I liked him in college, but he was the typical Alabama QB running a spread offense with another 10 5-star recruits around him. Last year his arm looked Chad Pennington-esque and not like the young man we saw at Alabama. Maybe working on his core strength will help him be able to drive the ball better? Or, maybe the hip injury was career altering and he is never going to be the same? Time will tell, but I sure as hell am glad the Dolphins passed on Justin Herbert.

  8. Read all the negative comments and just put them on every article about Josh Allen 2 years a go. Give the guy a chance. Funny, how many Tannehill articles were identical too. As a Dolphins fan it pains me to say… how good do you think Herbert or Allen or any QB would be with the Dolphins 29st ranked Oline and literally no skill players (sans when Parker is not on IR)? I rest my case.

  9. Herbert had better weapons than Tua last year. Give Tua weapons and see what he can do.

  10. Its a good deal that there is no opens for a QB coach. Football would be in deep poop if the experts on QB’s on this blog ever get close to a NFL QB. Bill

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