Brian Flores once again says Tua Tagovailoa “is our quarterback”

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Another wave of Deshaun Watson reports, another press conference, another opportunity for Dolphins coach Brian Flores to make an obvious statement carefully confined to the present tense.

Tua Tagovailoa “is our quarterback,” Flores told reporters on Friday. Flores said the exact same thing on September 1, at a time when rumors and reports were pointing toward a potential Watson trade to Miami.

Yes, Tua “is” the Miami quarterback. Will he be the Miami quarterback as of 4:01 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 2? That’s when the window will have closed on the 2021 trade period — and when the Dolphins either will or won’t have traded for Watson.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle recently reported that the Texans “could” trade Watson to the Dolphins by the end of the week. Frankly, that seems like an effort by Houston G.M. Nick Caserio to ring the dinner bell for any other teams that may want to make an offer.

Regardless, until a trade happens, Tua “is” the Miami quarterback. Until Flores provides a broader, more definitive statement regarding the future (for example, “will be”), the possibility of a trade will linger.

Tua has a way to end the chatter. Play, and play well. Also, try not to lose to a team that has lost 20 games in a row.

40 responses to “Brian Flores once again says Tua Tagovailoa “is our quarterback”

  1. What else is he going to say until they get a real QB. The current one couldn’t win a Pop Warner game. I know the law states no one is allowed to ever say a negative word about Tua but he is the worst QB by far, not even close.

  2. Tua didn’t lose to a team that lost 20 games in a row. Bad coaching, stupid challenges, and a highly questionable timeout to let the other team rethink their strategy did.

  3. As the GM is on the phone all day long trying to work out a trade for Watson.
    Dolphins are the most dysfunctional team in the NFL by far.

    Welcome to the football world of Stephen Ross.

  4. Tua has a way to end the chatter. Play, and play well. Also, try not to lose to a team that has lost 20 games in a row.
    ……..

    Umm nope. Tua as long as he is in Miami, no matter how well he plays will always be one bad game away from the “Could have drafted Herbert” mantra.

    Hopefully this trade goes through, it will be a blessing in disguise for him to leave and go were he won’t have the burden on Herbert over him. Everything about Tua shows he is a good guy. Shame he is not being given time to develop due to impatience.

  5. What I didn’t hear Flores say is, “the Miami Dolphins are not interested in Deshawn Watson.” That statement speaks louder than Tua is our QB.

  6. Honestly it is a death sentence when drafted that high along with all the hype. Tua will never live up to the expectations that the media has put on him.
    Miami has deeper issues then at QB. It starts with the GM. He has year after year wasted high draft picks on project players and then traded away all the pro bowl talent. That is a GM that is trying to always keep his job by always being the talk of the league by having all the picks. Problem is he wasted them all and the trade in the 1st round last draft was one of the worst decisions ever. Grier needs to go

  7. I remain grateful to the Miami Dolphins organization for drafting Tua so that Herbert could fall to the Chargers. Never in the history of professional sports has one franchise done so much for another.

  8. We know Tua is the QB.

    We’re waiting for a new owner, GM, Coach, OL, RB and healthy WRs.

    Tua, Waddle and Gesicki deserve better than this franchise.

    Note to any team looking for a TE in the off-season, go after Mike Gesicki. He’s so underrated it’s nauseating.

  9. QB isn’t their biggest concern right now. That team has regressed since last year in every single area. Defense, coaching, you name it and they look worse than last season.

  10. Well he cant fire himself so what’d you expect him to say? The Phins havent been any good since Marino was the QB.

  11. sweetness says:
    October 22, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Hopefully this trade goes through, it will be a blessing in disguise for him to leave and go were he won’t have the burden on Herbert over him. Everything about Tua shows he is a good guy. Shame he is not being given time to develop due to impatience.

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    If this trade happens, Tua’s career as a starting quarterback is over.

  12. I used to think that Flores would bring the Dolphins back from obscurity, but now I wish he would just shut up.

  13. Hard to say trading for Watson makes sense if you look at the total picture. Would you rather have Tua + Tuas rookie contract + his likely improvement + 2 first rounders + 2 second rounders (some of which would be high picks. Or Watson + his large contract + unknown when he can play + a huge distraction. I’d keep Tua in this case.

  14. Sorry Dolphins fans but trading for Watson won’t make up for the blunder of not drafting Herbert. When all is said and done, Herbert will have more success than Watson and Tua combined.

  15. I just read that the Owner is ranting and did an interview “I want to win now” and that Flores and the GM are trying to talk him out of being haste with the Watson trade.
    There thinking, once the trade is done the NFL steps in and suspends him for an unspecified time and thus they gain nothing this year. Plus give up the future picks

  16. skcusoirolf says:
    October 22, 2021 at 11:18 am
    Honestly it is a death sentence when drafted that high along with all the hype. Tua will never live up to the expectations that the media has put on him.
    Miami has deeper issues then at QB…
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    Exactly right. Tua was drafted to a bad franchise and imagine being in his shoes – might be traded to another one. I hate it when a young QB becomes the scapegoat for the entire team’s shortcomings. It’s nonsense. And if Tua ends up in Houston he won’t be the magical savior of that team, either.

    The expectations placed on Tua are impossible, and he played well enough against Jacksonville that he should be cut some slack for once.

    Also: NO ONE was saying Herbert was gonna be great before the draft or that Miami should’ve taken him. That’s all 20/20 hindsight.

  17. Remember when fans were upset that Miami was winning a few games and ruining “tank for tua”? Good times. This is why teams don’t tank beyond the last game of a season, it’s a media and fan thing. Their livelihoods aren’t at stake.

  18. Umm nope. Tua as long as he is in Miami, no matter how well he plays will always be one bad game away from the “Could have drafted Herbert” mantra.
    ________________

    This is utter nonsense. Herbert being really good has absolutely nothing to do with Tua failing. They can both be good. There isn’t a rule stating there can only be one great QB in a draft. Tua wouldn’t get compared to anyone else if he himself was good. That’s his problem.

  19. Tua is the least of the Phins problems. It starts with an absentee owner that lives in NY and only comes to town on game day. Treats the Dolphins like its his hobby and is only in it for the glamorous people he tricked into becoming cameo owners and as an investment. He has zero football knowledge or sense.

    Flores for whatever reason, possibly ego, can’t keep or get any good coaches to stay more than a season. He now is speaking out of both sides of his mouth and has lost this team. These guys are only playing for themselves at this point so hopefully when FA comes around, the good ones are going to bolt.

    I’ve been a fan since the first Sunday in September 1966, I was at the first regular season game. I’ve seen this team in good times and bad, and even harking back to that first season with George Wilson Sr. coaching and George Wilson Jr. playing QB I have never seen this team so dysfunctional. It’s so bad right now, I gave away my tickets to this weekend’s game because I’m tired of being embarrassed of my team in my home stadium.

  20. This Herbert stuff is 20/20. He is a good QB, but he went to the #8 Offense and Tua went to a dysfunctional #28 ranked Offense. By the way… all this Herbert admiration is great nonsense. Show me his big game wins and Super Bowls. He is another Marino. No Trophies and a ton of stats so far and most likely for his career. I would take Watson over both Tua and Herbert from a player standpoint. However, trading away the picks to build an Oline for Watson is counterproductive, not to mention he will be suspended for at least 6 games or more at some point. No thanks. Maybe Grier is fired and we can get a Center and LT in FA or Draft and Tua might be fine… if he lives.

  21. Tua is the Jadaveon Clowney of QBs. Known for 1 fluke play and didn’t do anything else memorable for the rest of his college career. Amazing so called draft experts can’t see through stuff like that.

  22. Nobody from Miami has mentioned Watson. Tua was a high draft pick. He’s a young QB. Young QB’s get better with experience, and it also depends on how bad his team is. It also depends on what type of offense he ran in college. I’m not saying I think Tua will become a great NFL QB, but there have been plenty of HOF QB’s who got drafted to very bad teams, and didn’t look very good early in their career’s. I saw Peyton Manning, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, and John Elway struggle before going on to win multiple super bowls, and become HOFers. Their teams were patient. I saw guys like Steve Young, Brett Favre, and Jim Plunkett go on to win super bowls with other teams, after their original team wasn’t patient. There wasn’t a great deal of shock in the football world when these final three guys were traded. They were pretty much given up on. Lots of people were ready to write off Josh Allen before the second half of last season. He was “inaccurate”. It takes time. Even for most of the great ones. Live and learn.

  23. humb0lt says:
    October 22, 2021 at 11:18 am
    I remain grateful to the Miami Dolphins organization for drafting Tua so that Herbert could fall to the Chargers. Never in the history of professional sports has one franchise done so much for another.
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    Chiefs fans will always be greatful to the Bears for drafting Mitch Trubisky instead of Patrick Mahomes.

  24. With the courage this kid is showing in the face of all this adversity, I’d take 53 Tua’s on my team. Just sayin.

  25. The Dolphins had a chance to draft a QB but traded down.

    They chose to go with Tua.
    If he’s a bust what are they going to do?
    They will have to pay up to trade up.
    They are going to end up in the twilight zone, never being able to get their QB.

  26. Miami was glad that a bunch of QB’s were drafted so they could have a shot at Danny boy # 13.Bill

  27. They need to keep playing Tua this year and if they get better keep on playing him and if they want to develop Tua on the bench then just wait until after the season and get Aaron Rogers to start and mentor Tua.

  28. Also: NO ONE was saying Herbert was gonna be great before the draft or that Miami should’ve taken him. That’s all 20/20 hindsight. Did you just start watching the sport herbert was considered the top QB prospect his last 2 years in college that was widely regarded.

  29. Brian Flores once again says Tua Tagovailoa “is our quarterback”
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    Well it won’t sink into the thick heads in the media and those that believe these rumors until the trade deadline has passed and the Dolphins don’t make a move!

    What amazes me is how so many people believe these made up articles! No one will touch Watson with the Texans asking price and Deshaun’s unknown future punishment, IT AIN’T HAPPENING.

  30. Miami is really trying to wreck Tua’s confidence. Usually a team caters to their young QB and does nothing but stand behind him. Miami? No way. This is a top down issue. Lack of leadership at the top. No direction as a franchise. Stock piled all those picks to waste them on players that can’t produce and possibly a trade for a player whose future is in doubt. Getting Watson would be the equivalent of signing Suh those years ago. It’s to generate excitement even if that excitement doesn’t equal wins. Ross is being a businessman. I’m sure his bottom line is doing fine so it’s just business as usual.

  31. Tua is a back up QB at best. If you can’t see that from watching him throw a football chances are you’re a novice at best. The dolphins lost to the jaguars…a team with 20 straight losses. Fins offense only managed 20 points. Who leads that offense on to the field…a 6 foot tall QB who by all measures has the body of a 35 year old. It is funny that dolphins fans can’t figure out the glaring difference between last year and this year.

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