Mike McDaniel: I’m excited about Tua Tagovailoa’s reps in this offense

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Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa acknowledged the criticism he’s received on social media in his Thursday press conference, saying the Twitter warriors aren’t practicing with the team.

It was one example of Tagovailoa’s increased confidence, which head coach Mike McDaniel said he’s noticed as the offseason program has gone on over the last couple of months.

While McDaniel acknowledged Tagovailoa struggled some in Wednesday’s practice, he seemed particularly encouraged by the quarterback’s Thursday response.

“I’m really excited about the reps that Tua’s getting in this offense. I’m excited about where he’s at,” McDaniel said in his press conference. “Tua’s very, very critical of his ball placement and he’s a very accurate quarterback as a result. Yesterday, he had some throws that he demands better of himself. But like I told everybody else, today was the first day I got to really evaluate Tua because that is professional quarterback in the National Football League. You’re going to have things that you don’t execute to perfection. You’re going to have people talking about how you’re not performing. And guess what? No one cares.”

McDaniel continued by saying Tagovailoa had a lot of energy entering Thursday’s session and led the right way.

“I think his teammates have really noticed a difference in him,” McDaniel said. “He’s opening up. He’s kind of coming into his own in that regard. And he’s been unbelievably coachable. He’s let his guard down. And we’ve been able to keep his confidence high — which it should be right now for sure — while correcting him and getting his game better, which is the ultimate goal for everyone.”

McDaniel added that he’s “pumped” that Tagovailoa has gained the respect of his fellow teammates, particularly those who are new to the organization.

“You can feel it,” McDaniel said. “Players know when they’re around good players and it’s been very cool to watch him and the rest of the team really grow together.”

28 responses to “Mike McDaniel: I’m excited about Tua Tagovailoa’s reps in this offense

  1. Dolphin fans should be concerned. The Dolphins doth protest too much, methinks

  2. Let the man do his work. I think Tua will surprise a lot of people this season.

  3. When you have Tyreek hill still going with his AGENT on Podcast talking about how he NEVER wanted to leave that Chiefs team but they didn’t make him a real offer tells me he already sees RED FLAGS with this Dolphins Offense, Plus he only will play in 2 prime time games which is foreign to him and i know that kills him since he is a guy who craves ATTENTION.
    Tyreek Hill is realizing that you can’t be in the COOL BAND and also want to get top dollar since something has to give.So he choose money and can’t handle setting up camp now in the Wilderness.

  4. That’s pretty cool that Tua now has an actual NFL-caliber head coach and coaching staff around him to help develop. The previous group was garbage.

  5. Looking forward to seeing this talented kid play this season. Being a year more recovered from his hip injury is certainly positive. Go Tua Tagovailoa, Go Dolphins!!

  6. pats4xchamps says:
    June 2, 2022 at 1:28 pm
    sounds like Tua is damaged goods if he needs all this propping up

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    Let me know when Belichek manages to beat him. 0-3 and counting.

    You think it’s going to get better for New England from here with JC Jackson gone and Tyreek Hill and Terron Armstead added to Miami?

    Good luck with Devante Parker, as if Miami isnt aware of the two routes he can run.

  7. Quiet is kept, I got Tua as a darkhorse Pro-Bowler this coming season. Kids character is too high and he’s got such a vast skill set. He just needs to settle in. McDaniels was our QB coach the last few seasons and by most accounts is prodigiously gifted as an offensive mind. I think this is a good pairing. Good luck tua!!!

  8. Shanahan/Kubiak has elevelated just about every QB that has played in it. Even Brock Osweiller got a contract with the Texans after playing in this system in Denver. So I expect Tua to take a big jump this year and be solidified as a starter in Miami.

  9. Coach McD seems to think that Tua requires a lot of emotional support. There are players like that who go to pieces if their coach doesn’t tell them that the sun rises and sets with them every day.

  10. Tua’s ceiling is Chad Pennington. He’s a checkdown artist at best.

  11. zultash says:
    June 2, 2022 at 1:53 pm
    When you have Tyreek hill still going with his AGENT on Podcast talking about how he NEVER wanted to leave that Chiefs team but they didn’t make him a real offer tells me he already sees RED FLAGS with this Dolphins Offense, Plus he only will play in 2 prime time games which is foreign to him and i know that kills him since he is a guy who craves ATTENTION.
    Tyreek Hill is realizing that you can’t be in the COOL BAND and also want to get top dollar since something has to give.So he choose money and can’t handle setting up camp now in the Wilderness.

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    I think he’s a young athlete who makes 30 million a year and lives in Miami instead of making 1.5 million living in KC. Regardless of what happens on the field, I think he’s a pretty happy guy.

  12. “Tua is great, that’s why we signed Teddy Bridgewater just in case”

    -McDaniel probably

  13. gallopingghost says:
    June 2, 2022 at 3:23 pm
    Tua’s ceiling is Chad Pennington. He’s a checkdown artist at best.

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    Pennington was actually a great player with a ton of potential and his injury turned him into a checkdown guy. He might have been the best quarterback the Jets had since Namath.

  14. McDaniels was merely the run offense coordinator and somehow he is being cincidered a genius already without even a real practice on the books. Even rookies can look good in OTAs..

  15. If Garoppolo can go get 25/10 3500+ yards in that SF offense, Tua is expected to be better than that.

    Just give him a avg amount of time in the pocket, not a league wide least of 2.5 secs.

  16. Why doesn’t this team trade a third rd pick in next years draft (they have two) and go get Jimmy G. To run this offense.

  17. Just looking at the comments here… why can’t McDaniel support his QB without people thinking he’s coddling him? It would seem most good coach/QB combos start with supporting each other. That’s how you find continuity and rhythm. Has Kingsbury not supported Murray? Has Harbaugh not supported Jackson? Has McVay not supported Stafford? I love the narrative people twist with Tua. If Tua leads the Fins to the playoffs then I would suspect a lot of these fans will find a different excuse as to why Tua was successful. There hasn’t been this much Dolphin envy since Jay Fiedler was our QB and you know what, I love it. The hate only shows that people are nervous about this team and honestly they should be.

  18. I don’t recall any of the truly great NFL quarterbacks needing to be hyped up the way Tua constantly is.

  19. I think Fins fans overestimate his ability while opponent fans underestimate his ability. Will he ever be Mahomes, Rogers, Herbert, Burrow, Allen, etc…no. Can he be a more mobile Kirk Cousins? Absolutely. You can win with that assuming he has the right pieces around him.

  20. bullcharger says:
    June 2, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    Pennington might have been the best quarterback the Jets had since Namath.

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    IDK you’re talking about a real Murderers Row there

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