Brian Flores: I want Tua Tagovailoa to continue being aggressive in practice

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Tua Tagovailoa had a bad practice on Tuesday, throwing five interceptions in a session notable for its wet and rainy conditions.

Tagovailoa said the picks were a byproduct of him trying to be aggressive. Wednesday morning, head coach Brian Flores said he’s encouraging the quarterback to keep that mindset.

“I don’t think Tua’s going to go into a shell,” Flores said, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “I tell him [after a practice like that] to continue being aggressive. The conversations are a lot of what we’ve already talked about here — use this time to practice pushing the ball downfield. Then we’ll make the adjustments and the corrections.”

Flores added that practice is a time to “test the waters and see what works, what doesn’t work.”

The head coach compared Tagovailoa attempting those throws to a kicker attempting a 60-yard field goal — there’s no way to know it will or won’t work until you try it.

But at the same time, Flores added, “At the end of the day, you never want turnovers anywhere. … We need to limit those.”

One of the most prominent criticisms of Tagoviailoa last season was that he failed to push the ball downfield as a rookie. If there’s ever a time to try things out to see if they work, it’s during practice in June when there’s plenty of time to make those corrections. But whenever a quarterback throws five picks in one day, it’s going to raise eyebrows.

14 responses to “Brian Flores: I want Tua Tagovailoa to continue being aggressive in practice

  1. Good. He needs to try and push the ball down the field. Make the defense cover the long pass and that will open up the short passing game, and the running game.

  2. I hear you Flores.. It would be nice to see him hit one of his own guys once in a while though don’t you think? Geez. 3 of those picks were in the pouring rain but 2 were before the rain started and were short passes. The concept is to go the other direction.

  3. Did anyone stop to think that maybe it’s because of the play of the defensive players?

  4. I like that approach better than what the Packers are doing with Jordan Love – Only giving him plays they know have the best chance of working against the defense they called.

  5. Good point about going against a good defense and I hate to bash Tua but my problem is the #5. Five INT’s is too many unless your a 3rd string QB and this is all about propping up defense. Being cute in interviews and saying all the right things gets you likable but at some point and soon you have to produce TD’s on the field. Those are the facts and they are undeniable.

  6. The Dolphins still don’t have a QB, just think about all the draft blunders they have made in the past 2 drafts with 5 first round picks!

    Go get Mr. Watson!

  7. Could’ve had Mac Jones who is twice the passer as Tua, they’ll regret this for a long time!

  8. As the name implies I am confused. After only half of the season, coming back from an injury no training camp. Not really knowing the system all that well 6 and 3 record 221 touchdown-to-interception ratio and you guys want to throw him on the trash Heap already. When we drafted Dan Marino back in 1983 we were spoiled. I’m just sad that damn never got a ring for everything that he did. Give this young man a chance, a real chance. I don’t believe I’m seeing a lot of true Dolphins fans right now, sorry to have to say that.

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