Mike McDaniel: 100 percent conviction in our process with Tua Tagovailoa

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The Dolphins’ handling of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa‘s concussion evaluation in last Sunday’s game against the Bills was the subject on an investigation before Thursday night’s game against the Bengals, but it is under renewed scrutiny after Tagovailoa was taken to the hospital with a concussion during that contest.

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel fielded a number of questions about the decision to clear Tagovailoa to return last weekend and play on Thursday night. McDaniel said that he was cleared “by several layers of medical professionals” of having “any head injury whatsoever” in the Buffalo game.

Tagovailoa was listed as questionable to play on Thursday with back and ankle injuries and McDaniel said he would “absolutely not” do anything differently in regard to putting him in the lineup.

“In terms of deciding whether or not to play a guy on a Thursday night game, I’m concerned about his lower back and ankle and putting it in harm’s way,” McDaniel said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I have 100 percent conviction in our process. The only thing that would keep me from playing him would be going against medical advice. I had no worries whatsoever. I’m in steady communication with this guy. There were absolutely no signs. He had no head injury symptoms whatsoever. There was no medical indication from all resources that there was anything regarding the head. If there would have been anything lingering with his head, of course I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I prematurely put someone out there in harm’s way. This is a relationship I have with this human being. I take that seriously.”

McDaniel said Tagovailoa was “still feeling some of those headaches” on Friday morning and that he is “not thinking about timetables” when it comes to the quarterback returning to action.

58 responses to “Mike McDaniel: 100 percent conviction in our process with Tua Tagovailoa

  1. “He had no head injury symptoms whatsoever”…you mean other than not being able to stand up on the field?

  2. McDaniel has to live with himself now that he’s doubled down on tua having a back issue when it was clearly a concussion. McDaniel can’t continue to disregard what everyone saw in week 3 just because he wants to remain a company man

  3. Say what you want, Mr. McDaniel, but the facts show that Tua was concussed on Sunday, and the hit on Thursday made it so much worse.

    WHen it comes to brains, doctors can’t use xrays and MRIs to assess damage. They have to resort to cognitive tests, which chan’t show damage to the brain…only damage to cognitive skills……..sometimes.

    When a player is woozy after a hit to the head, that should be enough to keep the player out of the lineup for a couple of weeks.

  4. Tua: “Yeah so I’ve been advised by my attorney and my union rep to not say anything unless they’re present.”

  5. Liar and CHEATER.

    End of discussion. Making a mockery of the injury report, putting your own player in danger, and initiating team-based LYING to the press, including Tua himself.

    Anyone know why an “investigation” would take 2 weeks after all this?

  6. I really thought this kid was a great hire but after this he needs to go. Hopefully, the NFL will investigate and get to the bottom of this and punish ALL involved from the Phins.This isn’t your grandpa’s NFL where we say rub some dirt on it and get back out there.

  7. Well, let’s just get rid of doctors then. Apparently, we can all diagnose this guy with no medical experience just by watching TV.

  8. Did they bother to check him for a spinal concussion? Because it’s a back injury that absolutely would have fit him not being able to walk there, and is definitely a nerve issue. It also is extremely dangerous for him to get another one so soon, and entirely predictable that it would happen again.

  9. The problem is he is contending Tua didn’t have a concussion on Sunday previously; the rest of the world is contending that Tua did.

  10. I have a sneaking suspicion that Tua is not long for this league. I hope I am wrong. He’s got a lot of talent.

  11. Look at all the medical experts posting on here. Very impressive. First of all, Mike McDaniel does not make the call on player availability due to injury. Let the investigation play out before making ridiculous comments based on “what you saw on TV”.

  12. I like Mike McDaniels, but I think this particular case they are blowing smoke. Everyone knew last week that Tua had a concussion.. I was very surprised to see him back in the field the next qtr.

  13. Stick to your word, Mr. McDaniel. None of you are even qualified to speak on this and you were not involved in the situation. Can’t believe the stuff I’m hearing.

  14. There are only so many things that a person should have “100% conviction” in. A continuously evolving and growing world of brain science probably isn’t one of them, because yeah know… continuously evolving.

  15. Anybody who is buying the line of crap that the Dolphins and Mike McDaniel are selling should apparently be in concussion protocol themselves.

  16. Mike seems to not be aware that social media & sports writers have both already diagnosed Tua. Did he not get the memo? What is this about needing to involve actual physicians

  17. I believe one thing McDaniel said: Tua probably did have a back injury. It’s that back injury that prevented Tua from bracing himself while falling backward in the Bills game.

  18. And Tua did have concussion at Buffalo… and last night. He needs time away to heal back issue and neurological issues. Fins OL needs to protect him better or he won’t play much longer. Sorry, but it’s realistic he may not play much longer anyways

  19. I don’t understand the cheating remarks? Isn’t it worse to play with an injured qb? Didn’t people claim tua was horrible? Now they’re crying about how he shouldn’t have been playing? A few months ago regular posters were telling us how bad he was. Anyway, now I know why there’s a huge doctor shortage. All the doctors are in this chat room instead of at work.

  20. Before he had the huge concussion in the bengal game, like 2 plays before it,he was almost sacked, hit low, he tweaked his back there to, it hurt him and was easily noticed if you were watching it closely. Could’ve been part of why his reaction to the Slam was so brutal looking. His back literally could be badly hurt

  21. The entire league should be embarrassed about this situation. The NFL clearly doesn’t care about head injuries and concussions. Watch what they do, not what they say.

  22. It’s amazing that even Dolphin fans realize that Tua had a concussion, but the Dr’s and the coach didn’t. Who is pulling Mike McDaniel’s puppet strings? I believe that Coach McDaniel has a family, my question is would he approve of a coach putting a child back into a game after exhibiting the symptoms that Tua exhibited last Sunday?

  23. Why are people criticizing McDaniel’s when the medical stall cleared him to play.He’s a football coach getting payed to win.

  24. The problem with this approach is people know what they saw so McDaniel is very obviously gaslighting everyone for the purpose of his own benefit.

  25. Based on the documentary by Amazon Prime last night (during the broadcast) there is no way Mike McDaniel can do any wrong.

  26. What a cringeworthy press conference.

    Just come out and say.

    “I saw what everyone else saw at Buffalo, and as a head coach, I was wrong”

    “I will fully cooperate with the investigation, and we need to do a better job protecting our players.

  27. smh at all the people attacking Mike McDaniel after an independent neurologist cleared the guy to return to play on Sunday.

  28. Is the Dolphins HC the new untouchable deity of the NFL ? Sure seems that way.

    ” Rules for thee but not for me ! “

  29. Not crazy about McDaniel. There’s no doubt that Tua was concussed last Sunday. Last night made it a whole lot worse. He SAYS that Tua was cleared by an independent neurologist. How do we know that he’s being truthful? Bottom line, he should have confiscated Tua’s helmet on Sunday. Is he one of those win at all costs guys, if it makes him look good?

  30. Maybe I’m selfish for saying this but I was really looking forward to a Tua and Josh Allen rivalry for the next 10+ years. Dolphins are a legit playoff team and now because of their negligence, we might never see Tua (or the Dolphins) play at this high of a level again. Smh…..

  31. The worst thing for Miami management is everybody witnessed it. Be surprised if Tua plays the next six games.

  32. McDaniel went from “cool coach who’s hip with the kids” to “irresponsible coach who got his quarterback’s brains scrambled” pretty darn quick.

  33. Hey Mike make sure you play him next week and just assert it was a shoulder problem last night. Keep with the non-concussed and we can play him week after week even though his brain keeps getting scrambled.

  34. The Dolphins fans still trying to deny that he was obviously concussed Sunday are just worrying that if their team gets sanctioned it hurts their chances of winning. Thats really no better than the people that were complicit in putting him back on the field simply because they also were wanted a better chance at wins. Its some seriously screwed up priorities.

  35. I can honestly sit here and say, you are a liar Mike and you are a horrible human being. Not only as a head coach, but as a human being it is your responsibility to protect the men you have playing under you. Seeing him stand, shake his head, stagger and fall, there is no way in my good conscious would I have allowed him back in that game last Sunday much less to play on a short week after that. I don’t care how many doctors told me, I would not have allowed it. Those signs are from a head injury. No if ands or buts about. He never once grabbed his back. Never once limped or anything of that nature. If you tell us it was his back, you are a liar.

  36. rockpiler says:
    September 30, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    McDaniel has to live with himself now that he’s doubled down on tua having a back issue when it was clearly a concussion. McDaniel can’t continue to disregard what everyone saw in week 3 just because he wants to remain a company man
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    Now the decision is up to the head coach? Then what the heck are the doctors and concussion rules in place for? If I were, McDaniels, I would sleep very fine at night. He did what a 1000 coaches before him has done in the same situation. If Tua didn’t hurt last and you didn’t complain today, you are being very disingenuous. You should have been beating this same drum since Sunday regardless of what happened last night.

  37. Mike McDaniel stood before the whole world and told us all the story he has been telling himself. Too bad it’s a lie. It’s also too bad that he thinks we’ll all believe him. Talk about a narcissist.

  38. No way the NFL can convince anyone with any sense his HC who is responsible for the entire team didn’t know Tua’s state. If he was in this league since 2005 he has seen a concussion many times. HC should be held accountable but you know it will just be a DR who is fired. Done with the Dolphins.

  39. Football says:
    September 30, 2022 at 5:05 pm
    The Dolphins fans still trying to deny that he was obviously concussed Sunday are just worrying that if their team gets sanctioned it hurts their chances of winning. Thats really no better than the people that were complicit in putting him back on the field simply because they also were wanted a better chance at wins. Its some seriously screwed up priorities.
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    says the guy that watches a violent sport for his own entertainment.

    keep telling yourself you are better than everyone else.

  40. In today’s day & age, with everything under the microscope, did Miami not realize that putting Tua back in the Buffalo game it was going to cause an absolute circus show?

    And then the usual Player’s Safety comes up. We KNOW everyone in the NFL, Players & Owners care more about $. If they didn’t, then we would back to playing only Sunday & 1 game Monday.

  41. McDaniel: I sat by Tua on the plane and he watched a movie.
    When you get a concussion, the doctors typically tell you two things. Don’t risk doing anything to get a second one, and don’t watch screens (the stimulation is bad for the concussed brain). WTF Dolphins!?

  42. hinatic29 says:
    September 30, 2022 at 5:38 pm
    Football says:
    September 30, 2022 at 5:05 pm
    The Dolphins fans still trying to deny that he was obviously concussed Sunday are just worrying that if their team gets sanctioned it hurts their chances of winning. Thats really no better than the people that were complicit in putting him back on the field simply because they also were wanted a better chance at wins. Its some seriously screwed up priorities.
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    says the guy that watches a violent sport for his own entertainment.

    keep telling yourself you are better than everyone else.

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    Oh, definitely not better than everyone else. Really only better than the Dolphin’s coaching staff and those that are trying to cover for them.

  43. The coach had access to the replay. It was clear and obvious that Tua was concussed. Even if you have some doubt that he was concussed there is enough evidence to side on caution and not play him on Thursday. The sweet and caring coach fed him into the machine instead. Tua got mangled because McDaniel cared more about trying to win than Tua’s safety. He can say one million percent if he wants and he’s still a liar.

  44. Lost a lot of respect for McDaniel out of this. In one breath he says that Tua had “no head injury symptoms whatsoever”, then in the next breath says that Tua is “still feeling some of those headaches.” Really?

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