Brian Flores thinks Tua Tagovailoa is getting better every time he takes the field

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Dolphins head coach Brian Flores showed a talent for understatement on Monday when he said that “it’s been an unusual kind of year and a half” for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

The Dolphins took Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft despite a serious hip injury that ended his final season at Alabama, moved him into the starting lineup despite getting good work from Ryan Fitzpatrick, pulled him in favor of Fitzpatrick during close games later in the year, and then saw him go down with injured ribs in the second game of this season. Everything in 2021 has also played out against a backdrop of a possible trade for Deshaun Watson that would mark a major change of direction before Tagovailoa has a full season of starts under his belt.

Sunday’s 30-28 loss to the Falcons was the 13th start of Tagovailoa’s NFL career. He was 32-of-40 for 291 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in a game that head coach Brian Flores said shows that he’s improving as a player.

“I think he’s getting better every time he steps on the field,” Flores said, via Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald. “I think he’s pushing the ball down the field more, he’s making better decisions. I think he’s making quicker decisions. I think he’s doing a lot of things. Look, it’s a small sample size, but every time he steps out there, I see progress. I saw it yesterday for sure. I think he showed some grit and some growth, dealing with some adversity, dealing with a couple interceptions and then coming back and giving us an opportunity to win the game at the end. He’s a young player. Everyone develops at a little bit different pace, but I think he’s doing a lot of good things.”

There’s no sign that Flores’ feeling about Tagovailoa’s progress will stand in the way of a trade for Watson, which may mean that future improvements take place in a different uniform than the one that Tagovailoa’s worn during a fairly tumultuous start to his professional life.

14 responses to “Brian Flores thinks Tua Tagovailoa is getting better every time he takes the field

  1. He is! But if you has some experience on the coaching staff maybe we’d be playing for something too… maybe if it didn’t take 5 games to figure Austin Jackson is not a left tackle… anyway I can go on and on lol.

  2. Every young QB gets better each time he takes the field. The starting point is different for each QB, and so is their potential and work ethic. But it’s pretty normal to see a young QB improve every week, in one way or another. Sometimes the improvement isn’t obvious to the audience, but the coaches who work with them every day can see it.

  3. Time for him to escape that mess in Miami. 2 OC’s and a Qb Coach. 3 voices telling him things can be messy. Get a real team with a solid staff and see if his game develops.

  4. They got Tua the receivers, but he still needs a serious o-line upgrade as a pocket passer whose strength isn’t mobility. I think Waddle is going to be a good player, but I was shocked they passed on Sewell.

  5. Tua is not the problem. He needs better coaching support like Herbert and Burrow. Every year since Flores, the offensive coaching staff has been realigned or replaced. No consistency.

  6. It’s true, Tua is showing progress and improvement every week. Does he have mistakes, sure but he’s proved he can overcome them. Hopefully the occasional bad throwing decisions will go away as he continues to play.
    Do you think a better, more qualified and skilled offensive coaching staff could speed up his development, of course it would. Would a better and more capable offensive line aid in better QB play, of course it would.
    Would having a better GM that has a high level of player evaluation be able to surround the QB with more dynamic and reliable skill players and be able to stock the entire roster with higher caliber of players, of course it would.
    Easy pesy decision for Ross, can Flores, his whole staff and show Grier the front door.
    Look at Kellen Moore and or Doug Pederson as your next head coach. Elevate Marvin Allen to GM. There, fixed it for you.
    Honestly, I’m looking for any change at this point.

  7. Flo was a coach of the year candidate last year when he won 10 games with a bunch of nobodies. He didn’t forget how to coach. The defense has been terrible all year and the O line is just disgusting. We haven’t been able to run the ball since Ricky was there.

  8. The Texans should not trade Watson to an AFC team. Watson is talented enough to make a decent team a Superbowl contender. Why help your competition?

  9. Tua does lol better every game! He’s got to not make that throw that he seems to make anyway under pressure! That first pick was a bad decision to try and fit it in,but he had time to finish it and you want your QB to make those throws sometimes. The second throw though,he could have and should have tucked that ball away and taken the sack! Instead he tried to get rid of the ball and turned it over. If he doesn’t stop doing that he’ll never be a franchise QB.
    Miami has tackles playing guard and that doesn’t work,they are too tall to get underneath d-linemen and drive them of the ball for the run game!

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