Tua Tagovailoa appreciates the support from coach Brian Flores

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With relentless rumors and reports regarding Miami’s interest in Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, and with the Dolphins still not publicly slamming the door shut on a potential trade, coach Brian Flores provided some present-tense support for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Despite the obvious loopholes and limitations of the phrase “is our quarterback,” the message seemed to do the trick. At least for now.

It seemed to help Tua move past the uncertainty that comes from knowing that, at any given moment, the team could trade for Watson and make him “our quarterback.”

Meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Tagovailoa was asked what the remarks from Flores mean to the second-year signal-caller.

“I think it means a lot with it coming from the head coach,” Tagovailoa said. “The support that I have from him and from the team, it means a lot. But for me, I’m just focused literally on trying to get our guys ready for next week.”

He also was asked how he “compartmentalizes” the Watson chatter.

“What’s funny is I heard [John Jenkins] just say he doesn’t have cable,” Tua said. “I’m one of those guys that doesn’t have cable too. I’m not able to turn on my TV and watch what’s going on to see the news and whatnot. Now obviously I know social media is a big deal but really, I only hear about those things either from my agents or if it comes from [someone in the building] or if Coach [Flores] wants to sit down and talk to me about things like that. That’s kind of how I find out a lot of the talk that’s going on.”

It was a lighthearted answer (Tua laughed when saying he doesn’t have cable) but it didn’t really answer the question as to how he sets aside the Watson talk. It’s there. It’s arguably subsiding, but it’s there.

And it’s not going to go away, unless Tua takes his game to the next level. Ultimately, that’s what needs to happen. The better he plays, the tighter his grip on the job will become. If he struggles, the Watson talk will return.

For 2021, it will culminate in a deal being done — or not being done — by the Tuesday after Week Eight. And if the Dolphins indeed do a deadline deal for Deshaun, the next game for the Dolphins will be a visit from (you guessed it) the Texans.

25 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa appreciates the support from coach Brian Flores

  1. I don’t understand why the Dolphins aren’t truly giving this dude a chance. He was coming off a career-threatening injury, didn’t play any preseason, and he should have ridden the bench all last year to get fully healed. How about you begin to evaluate his play this year. Give the young man a chance before you destroy his confidence by trying to trade him.

  2. Sounds like an incompetent organization from top to bottom if they are thinking about trading for a possibly better player at one of their positions!

  3. Only the Dolphins could have a QB controversy with a QB on another team who will likely not even play in the upcoming season.

    Not easy being a Dolphins folks.

  4. kissbillsrings says:
    September 2, 2021 at 10:23 am
    Lip service….THEY WANT WATSON!!


    And Bills Mafia better hope they don’t get him.

  5. It’s fake support, though. He looked terrible vs the Bears in preseason and clearly Ross demanding they draft him is now coming home to roost.

  6. I gotta feel a little sorry for this guy. He has done everything they asked him to do in troubling times. Not just coming off a very serious injury to start his career but having during a covid outbreak and all the mess that came with that? Now he has to look over his shoulder. He aint stupid, he knows they must be trying to get Watson or no one would be talking about it.
    My take, the owner obviously wants a winner and isnt ready to pony up to that bar right now but Tua is toast sooner or later.

  7. touchback6 says:
    September 2, 2021 at 11:33 am
    It’s fake support, though. He looked terrible vs the Bears in preseason and clearly Ross demanding they draft him is now coming home to roost.


    What game were you watching? His throws were pretty amazing.

    He threw a pick on one mistake but it’s not something you’d expect him to do again. The throws were dare I say, perfect?

    Go watch that game again, he was incredibly impressive leading long drive after long drive.

    He did the same thing against Atlanta.

    He’s been stellar.

  8. Don’t be too grateful for Flores’ support, Tua. He only said that because he had to.
    The Dolphins are ready to drop you like a bad habit!

  9. stubbornolddog65 says:
    September 2, 2021 at 1:16 pm
    Getting rid of the team leader (Van Noy) and now this b.s.


    Team leader? LOL. He couldn’t play.

    That was a brilliant contract by Miami in 2020 when they were required to spend all that cap space just like New England had to do this year.

    Should we have kept Van Noy because of you?

  10. Tua only played half of the season last year and still won more games than Watson.

    Watson has 1 playoff win in 4 seasons, is coming off a 4-12 year, and they want to turn everything on its head for that?

  11. Tua Tagovailoa is being given a chance. The only thing that matters is what you do now in football. It will be at least a year before DeShaun Watson is traded. He’s got to get over his legal problems. Plus, the Texans want such a high price that I don’t know the Dolphins want to trade for him. Tua looked good in preseason. The Dolphins can win with him. Flores is not commenting on the stuff because he knows how things can change in football having work for Belichick in New England. Anyway, the Dolphins have two good backups for this year, and Tua does some things to make him a ‘tour de force.’

  12. Let’s cut through the chase and be honest here people. The coaches do not like Tua’s weak arm strength. Most of his passes look like lame duck tosses. Tua has strengthened his lower body. But Tua ignored his upper body strength. Tua, should has hit the gym and built up his arms and back muscles. All good QBs have zip to their passes; not to a Josh Allen level; but minimal zip.
    Tua’s passes seem to take a week to reach the WRs. Tua appears to be the perfect leader as a QB; but the arm strength is crucial in becoming a good passer. This is why I said that Cam Newton should be signed on a one year deal. Cam Wake should also be signed on a one year deal with incentives. I am batting 1000 in my suggestions.

  13. Three possibilities:
    1. All those “shoulda taken Herbert” folks really do hope Tua truly is a bust because the thought of Tua actually being good just messes with them too much.
    2. All this “Dolphins want Watson” nonsense by the pundits is just pundits being pundits because they all think Tua is a bust after no OTAs, no preseason, and a serious injury.
    3. I seem to remember some QB rookie dude who trally really sucked by no one called him a bust because he played for a team other than Miami…ever hear of Peyton Manning? But there is something about the Dolphins that just makes pundits and fans wanting them to suck….oh yeah, Tua isn’t Dan Marino! All this “weak arm” garbage is just hatred, period. And when did Marino win a Super Bowl? Oh yeah….never.

  14. kevpft says:
    September 2, 2021 at 1:22 pm
    Tua only played half of the season last year and still won more games than Watson.

    Watson has 1 playoff win in 4 seasons, is coming off a 4-12 year, and they want to turn everything on its head for that?

    And he also beat Herbert, with receivers that were generally inferior to what Herbert had. Let’s see how the awesome Justin Herbert plays without Hunter Henry!

  15. The question should be let’s see how Herbert plays with a meaningful game on the line. He hasn’t seen that in the NFL yet. I’m talking in the chase pressure. Sometimes pressure makes diamonds or it can burst pipes. We’ll see.

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