Tua Tagovailoa playing plenty in preseason, Brian Flores says that will make him better

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Some NFL coaches have decided that the risks of injury just aren’t worth putting their starting quarterbacks on the field during the preseason. But Dolphins coach Brian Flores has a different view.

Flores had Tua Tagovailoa throw 11 passes in the Dolphins’ first preseason game, and 23 passes in last night’s second preseason game. And Flores says he and Tagovailoa are in agreement that playing so much in the preseason will be good for Tagovailoa’s development.

“Tua loves to play football,” Flores said, via AL.com. “He wants to be out there. We want him out there. To me, if you want to get better at football, you got to play football. That’s just my opinion. That’s kind of how we’ve handled it.”

Flores was pleased with how Tagovailoa played.

“I thought offensively we moved the ball effectively,” Flores said. “Had a pretty good time of possession there and really throughout the game. Tua, obviously, was a big part of that. Threw the ball well. Had good command of the offense. Made good decisions. I think overall it was good execution.”

It’s Year 3 for Flores in Miami and Year 2 for Tagovailoa, and Flores needs Tagovailoa to take a step forward in 2021.

30 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa playing plenty in preseason, Brian Flores says that will make him better

  1. Tua is a bust at this point. Last weekend as soon as he gets in the red zone he throws a pick trying to force it between two defenders in the end-zone. Any rookie QB knows you don’t force that thread with points on the line. Tua throws far to many red zone picks. The Dolphins are going to regret drafting Tua, especially when Herbert was there for the taking. Tua just isn’t going to be a star NFL QB he’s not going to be a play maker in the mold of a Kyler Murray, Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen type etc. At best Tua is a game manager type QB talent but you can’t be a game manager that throws picks. I think Miami should go back to the well and try again, re draft another QB.

  2. After a poor show @Bears, Tua played longer versus poor Falcons who weren’t even fielding any starters. Raising Tua’s confidence, and average rate to 84.5 over 2 preseasoners.

  3. Miami made the WRONG choice taking Tua over Herbert. The fact that he admitted he didn’t know the playbook last year speaks volumes. He hasn’t been the same since the second hip injury he suffered. So now he is a “Mobile RPO QB” who can’t run.

    Last years game vs the Raiders told the story. With Tua in there, it was nothing but 3 yard outs. As soon as Fitzy comes in (With the SAME talent around him that Tua had), the coaches let him light it up. If Tua does not have a HUGE season this year, Miami needs to realize their mistake. Personally, I wished they would have taken a qb in this years draft. Teams no longer give rookie QBs 4-5 years before giving up on them. (Josh Rosen)

  4. It cracks me up when Tua has played in less then 10 games and people are calling him a “bust” haha
    There have been so many QBs that had slow starts that are currently in the HOF right now. So give it a rest folks, give it time and then form your opinion. But not after what? 8 to 10 games?

  5. dolphins2cool says:
    August 22, 2021 at 6:50 am
    In Flores we trust. 🐬

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    This is like one lemming trusting the lemming they’re walking behind.

    Yeah Flores did a GREAT job developing Tua last year. Benching him over and over again.

    LOL!

  6. Tua looks good so far this pre-season, but I will reserve judgement until its live fire in the regular season. I have a feeling what we are seeing is real and he will develop in their guy, for a long time.

  7. Has no bearing on how he is going to play. We have endless preseason All-Stars through the years. He’s already started games, and he has to change his trajectory there. It’s a different speed, just like playoff games are a different speed from regular season games.

  8. Tbis guy is so unimpressive. He’s small, panics and wait until week 1 when he runs into NEs D.

    lol

  9. I agree. Live reps is what makes QBs better. On average it takes a thousand reps before an NFL QB becomes proficient,
    Now if a QB has 30 College games under his belt then you can cut that in half to about 500-600 reps.
    Mac Jones will take about a thousand reps so you’ll see New England install a run heavy offense until his 3rd season.
    Justin Fields will need about a thousand reps but he can get by off athleticism for now.
    Trevor Lawrence will take about 500 reps.
    Trey Lance will need at least a thousand reps before he can beat teams from the pocket.

  10. Check down Tua is trouble when teams actually play starters. Eagles fans will be grateful after the dolphins fall off and end up with 4 wins.

  11. Tua rookie numbers were better than Josh Allens rookie numbers. Actually, Josh Allen needed Diggs in his 3rd year to make that jump.

    As for Herbert. How many games last year did LA get shutdown in the 2nd half despite having leads, only to lose?

    Head to head vs Herbert? 1 Tua – 0 Herbert.

    Flores did mess up handling Tua last year with his Fitzpatrick training wheels. You let your young QBs play through it.

  12. cochino says:
    August 22, 2021 at 12:16 pm
    Tua rookie numbers were better than Josh Allens rookie numbers. Actually, Josh Allen needed Diggs in his 3rd year to make that jump.

    As for Herbert. How many games last year did LA get shutdown in the 2nd half despite having leads, only to lose?

    Head to head vs Herbert? 1 Tua – 0 Herbert.

    Flores did mess up handling Tua last year with his Fitzpatrick training wheels. You let your young QBs play through it.

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    Josh Allen was horrible as a rookie and then had 19 turnovers in year 2, so the jury is still out on him.

    Clearly, Herbet is better than Tua. LA has a good looking qb for the future even if the Pats dismantled him while still on the wildcard race.

  13. When evaluating Tua, it’s easy to forget that he had a devastating injury in his final season at ‘Bama. Some thought that he might not play at all last year. He did and did okay considering the injury, lack of training camp, etc. Let’s see how he does this year before passing judgement.

  14. My concern with Tua is late in the year his play dipped when needed. The last game of the year in 2020 against the Buffalo backups was a total disaster. Week 1 will be a true test of where he’s at. Preseason is muddy to evaluate because play calling leans more to testing players vs winning/scoring points.

  15. Watching the tape he’s hanging in the pocket and keeping his eyes downfield when under pressure. Can’t teach that. Showed some zip on some balls. Do you want to know why everyone is hating on Tua with the Dolphins? I believe its fear. Yeah he got pulled last year a couple of times but look at the record compared to Burrow and Herbert. Man those to guys can stack the stats. I’ll take playoff berths and being competitive with Tua. Bengals and Chargers weren’t playing for ANYTHING past year. Dolphins were in the mix. Imagine how much pressure that is on a rookie. We’ll see how Herbert and Burrow do when a game actually matters for them.

  16. He’s looked very good in both preseason games. He had one mistake, the pick in the end zone, and that’s about it. I’ve been impressed. And he’s doing this without Parker, Fuller, Wilson, Williams. He got clicking with Waddle this wk. I am not sure what other ppl are looking at when they are bad mouthing him.

  17. Tua has shown better pocket presence this year as opposed to last year and the ability to pick up on a secondary receiver also much better. His throws are better and so is his over all awareness. He looks much stronger this year and in command. Another nice thing about the Fins QB position is Jacoby Brissett. Great back up QB who could easily start. With all the eyes on Tua the Fins defense has also improved from last year. Can’t they finish ahead of the Bills? I doubt it but they are not going to be an easy team to beat.

  18. I’m going to feel bad for Flores.

    Tua and Miami are going to really suck this year.

  19. Some NFL coaches have decided that the risks of injury just aren’t worth putting their starting quarterbacks on the field during the preseason. But Dolphins coach Brian Flores has a different view.
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    I’m not so sure Flores has a different view as much as it is his hand is being forced by Tua’s average play last season and having to get bailed out by Fitzmagic in what 3 games, had they not put Fitz in the Dolphins would have been 7-10!

  20. 49ersfury says:
    August 22, 2021 at 10:00 am
    I agree. Live reps is what makes QBs better. On average it takes a thousand reps before an NFL QB becomes proficient,
    Now if a QB has 30 College games under his belt then you can cut that in half to about 500-600 reps.
    Mac Jones will take about a thousand reps so you’ll see New England install a run heavy offense until his 3rd season.
    Justin Fields will need about a thousand reps but he can get by off athleticism for now.
    Trevor Lawrence will take about 500 reps.
    Trey Lance will need at least a thousand reps before he can beat teams from the pocket.
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    Herbert and Burrows, “HERE HOLD MY BEER”!

  21. The dude that commented above saying Fitz replaced Tua in 3 games (only 2) and saying Miami would’ve went 7-10 (last year was 16 games). Nice try. Keep trolling. Fitz was 3-3 when he was yanked and its not like he was lighting the league on fire. Fitz is a cool dude, a HOF QB he is not.

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