Ryan Fitzpatrick was “floored” by last year’s benching for Tua Tagovailoa

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Ryan Fitzpatrick had a solid start to the 2020 season. Not solid enough, however.

At the bye, the Dolphins decided to bench Fitzpatrick for rookie Tua Tagovailoa. Fitzpatrick’s comments from the time suggested that he didn’t agree with the move. More recently, he elaborated.

“I have a ton of respect for [Dolphins coach Brian Flores], and we have a very good relationship,” Fitzpatrick told Robert Mays of TheAthletic.com. “But I thought it was a joke at firstWe’re putting Tua in? I was floored. . . .

“That was my team . . . I fought through the shit with those guys. I get the way that the NFL works. I get it. But to have it happen the way it did. . . .”

Fitzpatrick isn’t the only one who was surprised by the move. It also caught offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who exited the job after the season, off guard.

“I was in total shock,” Gailey told Mays. “We didn’t even have a preseason. It was a totally new offense [for Tua]. We were just starting to hit our stride. We’d won two in a row and scored a bunch of points and moved the ball well. It came as a shock to me.”

It shouldn’t have been a complete shock, given that the Dolphins — who had made their desire to find a young franchise quarterback clear — had wanted to trade up for Joe Burrow and then used the fifth overall pick on Tua, leaving Justin Herbert on the board. With the guy they coveted and the guy on whom they passed both playing incredibly well early in the season, the Dolphins surely felt an even greater urgency to get a return on Tua.

The good news for both guys is that, this year, they’re on their own. In Washington, there’s no one for whom Fitzpatrick will be benched, unless he deserves to be. In Miami, there’s no real competition for Tua, in large part because the Dolphins are determined to figure out what they have in Tua.

62 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick was “floored” by last year’s benching for Tua Tagovailoa

  1. If the OC was suprised, then that means the decision came from the top and not Flores. Head coach will be in constant conversion with their OC and DC.

  2. I was floored when they drafted Tua. I guess not everybody has been paying attention to Tom Brady and his seven super bowls. Look at Brady’s skill set, and try to duplicate it. Or at least something similar. I always wondered what are the qualifications to becoming an NFL GM. And who conducts those interviews? The owners? Most don’t know a thing about football. How on earth could they possibly know what to look for in a GM? That explains a lot.

  3. Loved Fitzpatrick but is really still talking about this? That was a life time ago. Teams don’t bring in a top 5 pick QB to sell beer and peanuts. Look, Fitz did a good and should by now know why he was there and if not you have great team in Washington so if you feel your all that and a can of corn prove it by taking your new team to the big game. Enough already with that..

  4. It was never his team. He was brought on and understood the Dolphins were going to draft a QB and Fitz’s services were temporary. Referring playing well the last two games before Tua came in, yes; he had a good game vs the 49ers, but the last one he started vs the winless Jets, he threw 2 ints and really sucked the second half (there were no TDs).

    Quit whining bro! Embrace your career in all the teams you played in and leave it at that.

  5. QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick Has Been Benched in Favor Of:

    Jamie Martin
    Trent Edwards
    Charlie Whitehurst
    Ryan Mallett
    Geno Smith
    Bryce Petty
    Jameis Winston
    Tua Tagovailoa

    He was surprised why? Getting benched in favor of scrubs is his life work, his raison d’etre. Ryan Fitzpatrick is nothing without being benched for scrubs.

  6. I think Fitz needs to move on emotionally. I like the guy – he’s still around for a reason and he is fun to watch. But there’s also a reason he’s played for as many teams as he has. Like Nick Foles he simply does not have the star quality resume and MIA invested a lot in Tua. Now I personally do not think Tua is all that, and maybe the whole situation could have been handled a little better, but the NFL is a business not a group coaching session.

  7. It was surprising given how unready Tua was, but Fitzpatrick being floored is ridiculous. For all of the legendary mystique and spectacular beard game, he’s always been a journeyman quarterback who is good enough to win a few games but never consistent enough to excel throughout an entire season. That’s why his collection of jerseys is so plentiful. Whereas Tua was drafted to be the franchise QB for the next decade or so.
    In a rebuilding team, a few extra wins means worse draft picks, which is more important than the exciting drama of a game or two for a non-contender.

  8. This is embarrassing for Fitz. Really.

    He was ineffective as a starter, his only strength is coming off the bench and being a a kamakazi QB.

    Fitz only has two throws and they are both typically late, the slant and the 50-50 ball and without one of games best leapers (Parker) good luck being accurate with those smaller, speedy Buckeye receivers (fan of both).

    I do believe Miami should’ve told him sooner but he should’ve expected it.

    As a Dolphin fan, I am thankful for his effort but even more thankful he’s not my QB anymore.

  9. Fitz should have his own section in the HOF. Something like “Ryan Fitzpatrick’s hall of most interesting characters”. One of a kind :D.

  10. If Karma is a thing; the Dolphins are headed for some bad luck for breaking this man’s Heart and taking the team out from under his feet.

    Whether there was a plan in place to do so or not. Fitzpatrick deserved better.

  11. I always liked Fitz. Sometimes he can be great. Others mediocre. The talent isn’t always there, but the heart and intelligence is. He may not be an elite QB, but he knows what to do with the football. He can’t always physically do it. I think when he’s done playing he will make an excellent QB coach and eventually a good OC.

  12. They could have won 12 games had they not pulled him. Imagine how good Washington will be this year.

  13. Teams are going to play high draft picks. There’s a lot riding on it for everyone involved, and that’s juts the way it is. I like Fitzpatrick just fine. But to me, he’s just a backup. Nothing wrong with that. A really good backup can last 15-20 years in the league.

    But some guys (Fitzpatrick, Foles, Bridgewater, McCown, Keenum ) are just perfect backups. They’re good in the QB room. They’re good helping tutor the young guys. They don’t make waves. They can keep your team afloat if your #1 has to miss 4-6 weeks. But they’re not starters. If you count on them being your starter for the season your season is already over.

  14. Fitzdiva?

    If you have a winning record and get benched you can be surprised, not at 3-3.

  15. Fitz acts like he was the franchise QB. Everyone insists how smart he is but not smart enough to figure out that Tua was going to be the man. Get over already. We’ll see how long it is before Washington replaces him this year. It won’t be long.

  16. Look I love me some Fitz totally wide open who cares if he is open mentality. But the bottom line is Miami had to see what they had in Tua. He knew from the beginning that he was there to mentor Tua so why was he floored?!?!?!
    As for all the Tua haters, please remember to come back and admit you were wrong about him when he has a great season.
    Last year coming off that injury with no training camp to speak of, no pre season to speak of and a playbook he was not comfortable with coupled with zero OL help and and OC that called plays that were not suitable for the players they had I didn’t expect to see much from him. This camp has been entirely opposite and all reports are that he is doing awesome.
    So let’s just wait and see before the haters decide his fate.

  17. If you look at Fitzpatrick’s career, certain patterns have emerged.

    He plays great when he is either A) an injury replacement, or B) an interim starter with someone breathing down his neck.

    He is not great when he is handed the starting job without competition. Ask Bills fans about 2011-12.

    If I were a WFT fan, I wouldn’t feel too comfortable about Fitz being “the man”.

  18. This Again? Come on Fitz, you’re a fun guy to watch, I can’t think of a single player who is more fun to watch. BUT, you were 3-3 as a starter when Tua took over and you knew you were just a place holder. This should not have been a shock for you.

  19. What’s great about Brady isn’t his skillset (although that too is very good). What’s great about Brady is his attitude, his work ethic, his leadership and everything else that goes along with those things.

    As a Packer fan, if I could go back in time and choose Brady or Rodgers, I’d choose Brady every time and it wouldn’t even be hard to decide. Even though I firmly believe Rodgers is much more physically skilled, with both his arm and with his legs.

  20. Perhaps it was his many interceptions early in the season?

    Never his fault I have noticed.

  21. I’m shocked that Fitzpatrick continues to get starting gigs. If a franchise trots this guy onto the field to start a season, they are insulting their fanbase. Play better in the clutch, Fitz, and maybe your fortunes will turn.

  22. I’m a huge lifelong Tide fan. Really dig the little surfer. However, it is painfully obvious Tua is nowhere near NFL quarterback talent. He is a smaller slower weaker version of Tim Tebow. He’s throwing motion is the slowest Iv seen since Leftwich. Playing Tua over Fitz was clearly a decision from the front office. And OMG, they chose him over Herbert. Think Miami won’t be reminded of that often for the next 15 years?

  23. Ya know…..I like Fitzmagic. It’s hard not to like the guy. 110% commitment, plays hard, never backs down from the challenge, a leader of men on the field. But being an NFL QB isn’t just hard work and chucking the ball 50 yards downfield. You need consistency and you need to win. Fitz will give you three games that he looks like a hall of famer and three games that the looks like a high school kid. What you see is what you get. I guess it was a weird decision….but to be “floored” by it? Nahhhhhh….

  24. NFL fans are funny. As are the media. Fitz SHOULD have been floored. If they were going to bench him then, they should have benched him earlier.

    There are veterans on that team playing for future contracts and current incentives. There are fans paying to watch the product that WERE getting excited about a playoff berth.

    You let Fitzpatrick start JUST long enough to change the mindset, and then took 2 steps back with Tua.

    Honestly, its stupid. The only way to build a winning culture IS TO WIN. To choose to lose there by sitting Fitz, giving up a playoff spot to the Browns or Ravens or Colts, that builds a LOSING culture.

    It would have been better for Tua, for Flores, for the fans, for EVERYONE involved to let Fitz play out the string and get that playoff berth.

    WInning is a habit. Its a culture, and it only gets built by the act itself. Once you get in the playoffs, you get USED to being in the playoffs. It becomes expectation.

    Flores and Ownership and the GM had a chance to let Fitz change their culture. They blew it. Back to a losing culture, I supposed. Losers gonna lose.

  25. bostonblows says:
    August 13, 2021 at 9:30 am
    This is embarrassing for Fitz. Really.

    He was ineffective as a starter, his only strength is coming off the bench and being a a kamakazi QB.

    Fitz only has two throws and they are both typically late, the slant and the 50-50 ball and without one of games best leapers (Parker) good luck being accurate with those smaller, speedy Buckeye receivers (fan of both).

    ——

    All of those things can and may be true. And it is also true that Fitz is still a better QB with a better arm than Tua

  26. Why? You are a mediocre QB who has never won a playoff game going from team to team like a virus. You are not the future for any team. So, you should just be happy to get a roster spot.

  27. Looking at the big picture Fitz is a journeyman past the age of 35 who by default is ALWAYS on the verge of losing his job. He’s not anybody’s future at this point. And for all his moments of success, he has never been consistent. Here’s a rather telling Fitzpatrick stat: He’s been in the NFL 16 seasons and has a total of 13 come-from-behind wins. Less than one per season!? That’s one of the worst percentages out there among guys who have had prolonged starting experience and an example of how he probably has never been as good as his stat sheets suggests.

  28. I like Fitz and wish him only the best. I think D.C. will be a really good fit for him. He doesn’t have to look over his shoulder for a “newer model” to take his job.

  29. Fitz is right…Tua is terrible…and the best part is Miami doesn’t even realize it yet…wonder how long it will take them…

  30. If memory serves, the Dolphins repeatedly called on Fitzy to bail out Tua midgame when Tua was faltering. The Dolphins players/coaches knew Fitzy was a better option. It was a (poor) business decision to start Tua at that juncture.

  31. It was a terrible decision and everyone knew it at the time. That took them right out of the playoffs– they likely would have won the division with Fitz. Very happy to see him get a last chance with Washington.

  32. Dolphins fans are the greatest. Let’s gets this straight…Tua became a starter after the bye week and Fitz was shocked. Last I checked Tua struggled to finish numerous games and they called on Fitz to rescue Tua so YES the evidence points to Tua not being ready and it was understood by the professionals in the building that Tua wasn’t ready. If you need evidence go watch the game against Broncos and Raiders. I’ve never seen a relief pitcher in football but Tua needed one. Tua was not ready and the players and coaches in the that building knew it. Fitz is well warranted with his comments. Without Fitz the fins playoff hopes were gone when Tua became starter. Tua didn’t get the fins a winning record last year it was Fitz.

  33. The way it happened with no advance notice or plan, Fitz and Chan Gailey both had good reason to be shocked. Yes, Fitz knew that he’d give way to Tua at some point, but when it happens like that and even the OC was shocked by the move, that’s an indication that there are bigger problems in that organization. Betting Fitz is glad he’s outta there.

  34. legionofzoom says:
    August 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm
    The way it happened with no advance notice or plan, Fitz and Chan Gailey both had good reason to be shocked.

    If they didn’t know or suspect it was coming during the bye week, they are literally the only people in the State of Florida who didn’t.

    The media was quoting sources within the team practically from the start of the season that we would see Tua after the bye.

  35. Tua had a better W/L record and TD/INT ratio than Fitzy. Facts. MIA going with the young guy with potential over the old journeyman looks to be on the money in hindsight. Fitzy appears to be delusional, along with lots of fans.

  36. gimmeabruschi says:
    August 13, 2021 at 1:50 pm
    Tua had a better W/L record and TD/INT ratio than Fitzy. Facts. MIA going with the young guy with potential over the old journeyman looks to be on the money in hindsight. Fitzy appears to be delusional, along with lots of fans.
    ———————————————————————-
    He got credit for the win vs the Raiders, but Fitzy won that game. Tua and his two yard outs. I am a lifelong Miami fan and can say that Tua will NEVER be the QB people thought he would be. He is mediocre at best.

    Flores has made some awful moves. And has done NOTHING with the draft picks he got in all of these deals. Me, I’d rather have Drake, Tunsil, Minkah Fitzpatrick et al over what they have.

  37. Ponto60 says:
    August 13, 2021 at 9:32 am
    Tua was awful.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=
    Oh yeah? Why don’t you watch the Cardinals, Chargers, and Chiefs games? Then tell me you still feel that way. He was a rookie with NO offseason, still rehabbing a MAJOR injury and learning the nuances of an NFL offense. Oh yeah, and he did NOT have the weapons that both Burrow and Herbert had.

  38. “It shouldn’t have been a complete shock, given that the Dolphins — who had made their desire to find a young franchise quarterback clear — had wanted to trade up for Joe Burrow and then used the fifth overall pick on Tua, leaving Justin Herbert on the board. With the guy they coveted and the guy on whom they passed both playing incredibly well early in the season, the Dolphins surely felt an even greater urgency to get a return on Tua.”
    ———
    It still should have been a complete shock because the veteran, in this case Fitz, is always told or under the assumption that as long as the team is winning AND he is playing well they will keep the job for the season.

  39. How on earth could he have been “floored,” when his last 34 years in the league have been being a placeholder for a young QB?

  40. If they didn’t know or suspect it was coming during the bye week, they are literally the only people in the State of Florida who didn’t.

    The media was quoting sources within the team practically from the start of the season that we would see Tua after the bye.
    ————————————

    Yeah, the entire league heard those storylines from the media. It’s pretty bizarre that sources within the team that allegedly had that information didn’t include the OC, or so he says. If true, that was a pretty dysfunctional situation.

  41. “footballismybusiness says:
    August 13, 2021 at 12:46 pm
    If memory serves, the Dolphins repeatedly called on Fitzy to bail out Tua midgame when Tua was faltering. The Dolphins players/coaches knew Fitzy was a better option. It was a (poor) business decision to start Tua at that juncture.”

    ================================================================

    Uhhh yeah, about that memory. It happened twice, he lost the 1st time and won the second one throwing a hail mary pass while the raiders did a linda Blair with his neck.

    And for all you Tua Haters, there will be plenty of crow served right here sooner than you think so go set your tables.

  42. It’s not worth paying hundreds to see a game if you’re gonna see d1AA slop like Fitzpatrick, Wentz, Lance or Jimmy G. They stink and bring no heat.

  43. That doesn’t sound good for the organization if the OC is shocked you’re making a QB change. Seems like it would have at least been mentioned in meetings and discussed beforehand. Doubt the communication will be better now that they’re trying to run an offense with 2 co-coordinators.

  44. Herbert played well last year. I suggested the dolphins take two quarterbacks. You need a quarterback and have the picks, take two. mostly just luck. Ben, Russell, Patrick, Ryan leaf, e. Manning – lucky career too.

  45. And for all you Tua Haters, there will be plenty of crow served right here sooner than you think so go set your tables.

    3 4 Rate This

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    Your team blows. Completely devoid of talent. You keep swapping players in and out and have too many players overpaid as well.

    Your RBs are horrible too. Miles Bumpkin and Ron Brown? lol

    The OL might be the worst part of the team.

  46. Fitz have them a chance to win. Tua not so much. He’s got a long way to go. Doesn’t mean he won’t get there but let’s be honest: what’s his actual ceiling?
    He wasn’t ready to play but neither was Allen in 2018 but that playing time helped immensely. We shall see about tua. For dolphins fans, they better hope he had Allen’s work ethic. Although I suspect not many do

  47. The bills have literally set the standard from here on out for how to
    Develop a QB, esp one that wasn’t ready to play right away. Now they have the second best QB in the afc and I suspect the gap isn’t quite as wide between he and mahomes that everyone thinks

  48. I beg to differ. You have to think the dude is a past his prime journeyman. He was 3-3 when he was yanked. And let’s not joke here, he wasn’t putting up MVP numbers. He was mearly maning the ship. The Dolphins defense was pretty good last year. And with a good defense what do you want to play? Smart offense, that means not turning the ball over. Even if you get FGs or have to play the field positioning game its smart football. Why? Because you give your team a chance. Fitz is known for backbreaking turnovers. Tua kept the ball low and his turnovers low. He was well coached to do it. Was he nervous? Of course. Doesn’t matter that he came from Bama. This is the NFL. The first defense he faced was the Rams. Imagine how many picks Fitz would’ve thrown in that game, Tua did turn it over but he played smart and won the game. Could’ve been way worse. Chan Gailey isn’t the OC anymore for a reason. Playing the odds on jump balls isn’t smart football. Tua took the benchings well (trappings of leadership?). The Dolphins recognized that and made moves to accommodate his skill set. Tua may not be Herbert, but Herbert isn’t Tua. They are both one year in. Darnold and Rosen are 2 recent QBs taken early that can be considered busts. Tua? The dude has had half a season, with no preseason, and coming off a major injury. Pump the brakes clowns, his story has yet to be written.

  49. Fitz just isnt consistent enough to expect to be a teams long term starter, especially with a high first rd pick sitting behind him. Right now yeah Fitz is better than Tua and he may always be. Tua hasnt looked that great to me. Miami won several games defensively in spite of him, but you cant blame Miami for wanting to see what their top pick can do.

  50. There’s a reason he’s on his 12th team or whatever that insane number is and that reason
    is not a good one.

  51. I I agree that Fitzpatrick probably should have remained the starter with the dolphins only because the chemistry and the continuity was there and the momentum but the thing that was against Fitzpatrick was history

    He has been in that position several times and he never does good in the second half of the season and he is so bad in his second half of the season

    That he is the only quarterback in NFL history to start that many games and not make the playoffs so Brian Flores was smart because he wanted to keep his job

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