Mike McDaniel: Contrary to popular belief, Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t play one snap against Tom Brady

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The Dolphins begin their set of joint practices with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, setting up the obvious narrative of Tom Brady going against the team that twice tampered to try and sign him.

It also means Miami’s quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be at the same facility as the man who could have replaced him in 2022. But as head coach Mike McDaniel pointed out when asked what Tagovailoa could pick up from observing Brady this week, it’s not like Tagovailoa and Brady are going to be on the same field.

“Contrary to popular belief, Tua doesn’t play one snap against Tom Brady,” McDaniel said. “But it’s more about the quality of this organization and the type of football they’ve played. It’s a tremendous opportunity for all the guys when we’re trying to play football at a high level.”

McDaniel added he would be “very disappointed” if Tagovailoa spent time watching Brady instead of focusing on his role as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback.

“He’d probably be taking a sack if he was watching [Brady] because there will be simultaneous plays,” McDaniel said.

For McDaniel personally, he said he doesn’t feel any awkwardness in practicing with the Buccaneers after the findings of the tampering investigation.

“What happened? I mean, for me, nothing happened,” McDaniel said. “Everyone else is the one making it awkward. It doesn’t occupy a single iota of space with anybody. It’s hard enough to be good in this league. As the Miami Dolphins, all of our energy is very coordinated and only has to do with us getting better. Everything else would be an opportunity cost that we’re not willing to expend.”

The Dolphins and Buccaneers will conclude their week together with Saturday night’s preseason game.

30 responses to “Mike McDaniel: Contrary to popular belief, Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t play one snap against Tom Brady

  1. Not a single player or coach on that field cares one moment about what Ross did. The only ones talking about it is the MEDIA !!!

  2. This is the successful McDaniel, not the rudderless Raiders McDaniel proven failure.

  3. I like McDaniel but I think he is way off here. I would tell Tua to absorb every ounce of information he possibly could from Brady. From the way, he commands and controls the offensive line all the way down to the way he ties his shoes. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a week with one of the greatest players in history at your position.

  4. touchback6 says:
    August 10, 2022 at 10:05 am
    This guy is way in over his head

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    From watching the Patriots defensive meltdown against the Bills one might say the same thing about BB’s son….

  5. I don’t care what an owner says, because it’s up to the guys on the field, and there isn’t a single professional football player who’s gonna lay down, and look like a fool. Oh sure the head coach can pull the starters, and play the bench guys, but those guys are still gonna go all out. If they didn’t they’d be gone it’s as simple as that.

  6. nhpats2011 says:
    August 10, 2022 at 10:19 am
    touchback6 says:
    August 10, 2022 at 10:05 am
    This guy is way in over his head

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    From watching the Patriots defensive meltdown against the Bills one might say the same thing about BB’s son….
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    You and me can be a coach if BB son can.

  7. Didn’t he just make this issue up in talking about it, or was he asked a question about it?

  8. skcusoirolf says:
    August 10, 2022 at 10:03 am
    Not a single player or coach on that field cares one moment about what Ross did. The only ones talking about it is the MEDIA !!!

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    Players are 100% thinking about the FACT that Ross wanted to tank. They care. The effect remains to be seen. Sometimes weird news like that brings teams together.

  9. touchback6 says:
    August 10, 2022 at 10:05 am
    This guy is way in over his head.

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    Coaches are solely judged on W/L record. Doesn’t matter how they appear in the preseason or in interviews etc.

    If they win they are geniuses and their style is a perfect fit. If they lose they stink and are in over their head.

  10. The entire League is up against Brady at this point.

    .. and he’s beaten everybody, somehow, some way.

  11. You and me can be a coach if BB son can.
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    And yet… here we are… on this message board…..

  12. Tua is the most accurate QB in the NFL, again I did not say the best, I said most accurate.

  13. Aside from Tua’s proficiency or lack there-of (another debate), I have noticed the Dolphins have done about everything possible to screw him up. This Brady debacle is just another item on a list. The Stephen Ross era has zero playoff victories, and this is just another example of how they try NOT to win all of the time.

  14. You can say this to the media but every throw will be compared, by fans and players alike.

  15. If McDaniels was the coach of the team I pull for, I would be excited to see if the on the field result matches up with his intellectuality and ability to handle the media. He sounds like a super smart guy. I like Miami’s roster overall. They just need the right person who knows how to get the most out of it. I am more optimistic about Tua’s long-term prospects than I am of Jalen Hurts.

  16. MortimerInMiami says:
    August 10, 2022 at 11:18 am
    Tua is the most accurate QB in the NFL, again I did not say the best, I said most accurate.
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    Screen plays and 3 yard crossing routes. Sorry I’m not impressed. You could be accurate in the NFL if 80% of your throws travel less than 12 yards in the air.

  17. All the Tua haters just remember to come back and say you were dead wrong when he proves all of you wrong this season.

  18. Hope springs eternal in South Florida.
    Or, there is always the beach.
    8-8-1 at best. No playoffs.

  19. directTARDBRAIN says:
    August 10, 2022 at 10:06 am
    This is the successful McDaniel, not the rudderless Raiders McDaniel proven failure.
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    Successful McDaniel? What has he done as a HC? Nothing, because he hasn’t been a HC for a single regular season game yet. He was an OC for only one season on a team that was already built. Enjoy!

  20. thaswussup says:
    August 10, 2022 at 1:29 pm
    Hope springs eternal in South Florida.
    Or, there is always the beach.
    8-8-1 at best. No playoffs.

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    For the down vooters….have you looked at the schedule yet? It’s going to be tough sledding against that schedule with a new offense and new coach. That’s just reality.

  21. I am sure the Owner (who BTW actually can do what he wants) does not care two craps about anyone here or probably what Tua thinks. For Tua (who is not a true starting QB in the NFL), It is not all noise because it happened and Miami has done everything they could to replace him. He is a placeholder now unless the rest of that team carries him. Not only that, The coach is the 2nd choice as well so maybe both of them should just shut up and do their jobs or they will be gone in a year or two anyway.

  22. lawrence stacy says:
    Tua (who is not a true starting QB in the NFL)
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    one small problem with this statement …. the fact that he literally IS a starting QB in the NFL.

    the hate on this kid is mind-blowing. where does it come from? its all emotional and non-sensical.

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