Tua Tagovailoa: Mike McDaniel doesn’t get as much praise as I think he should

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The 6-3 Dolphins are in the thick of things in the AFC, with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa playing the best football of his young career.

Miami enters Week 10 at No. 5 in yards and No. 10 in scoring. Receiver Tyreek Hill is on pace to shatter the single-season receiving yards record with Jaylen Waddle also on pace to finish with over 1,500 receiving yards.

Both receivers have had plenty to do with Tagovailoa’s success in 2022. But on Wednesday, the quarterback himself said his head coach deserves more praise.

“I think coach Mike does a great job putting us in great situations offensively,” Tagovailloa said in his press conference. “He has a lot of, people would say window dressing. He doesn’t like that term, because it’s just a part of our offense with the movement, shifting, motioning. It’s a part of what we do. So I think it’s a lot of credit to what our head coach has done within installs and things like that to help put us in those situations.

“We can say that I go out there and throw, Tyreek and Waddle and all these other guys catch and run. [McDaniel] continues to give other people praise, but he doesn’t get as much praise as I think he should, and a lot of that is because of him.”

Tagovailoa noted how McDaniel has customized the offense specifically for the strengths of its best players.

“If you look on film, he tries to tailor it to what Tyreek runs the best, what Jaylen likes running, what I like throwing, what I’m good at throwing and things like that,” Tagovailoa said. “Whereas, you watch their film from when they were with the 49ers, they did things a little different because of what those guys were good at and what they liked. So I really think it’s just things that are tailored to our strengths, and then he builds off of that.

“So not much of, ‘Why are we doing it like this?’ Or ‘Why are we doing it like that?’ It’s more so, ‘How do you see that play if they get this or if they get that? How do you see him running it and where do you think I should go with the ball on this?’ Just more of that kind of conversation.”

Tagovailoa has completed 70 percent of his passes this season for 1,980 yards with 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. Entering Week 10, he leads the league at 9.2 yards per attempt, 13.1 yards per completion, and a 115.9 passer rating.

14 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa: Mike McDaniel doesn’t get as much praise as I think he should

  1. Coaches get too much credit and blame like the QB does. Miami is good but if they didn’t have Hill they would be a different team. They also can’t play defense which gives them a short ceiling until they get it fixed. They have a couple of good wins and some bad loses. Wouldn’t heap too much praise or criticism on this team either way.

  2. Tua is a Franchise QB….no more doubts! We can finally put that debate to rest. There has been a lot of second-guessing of drafting Tua before Justin Herbert. But in this offense, it’s hard to say Tua isn’t more suited for what they are doing. This, too, is a testament to the head coach. Herbert has the stronger arm and all that, but from the snap to the release of the ball…coupled with the accuracy…few QB are better than Tua **in this offense and scheme**.

  3. When you lose to the Jetsies and struggle with the Lions, etc, you probably shouldn’t be running your mouth all the time.

  4. BuckyBadger says:
    November 10, 2022 at 11:29 am
    Coaches get too much credit and blame like the QB does. Miami is good but if they didn’t have Hill they would be a different team. They also can’t play defense which gives them a short ceiling until they get it fixed. They have a couple of good wins and some bad loses. Wouldn’t heap too much praise or criticism on this team either way.

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    As a Dolphins fan, I agreed with everything you said. Except the last sentence.

    Their losses weren’t bad in the least bit, outside of the loss of Tua for 2 1/2 games.

    Dolphins had the Jets on the ropes despite playing the entire game with Skylar Thomson after Bridgewater got knocked on the first play of the game and spotted the Jets 2 points.

    Make no mistake about it, Dolphins missed a FG with 7 minutes to go that would’ve given them a 2 point lead. A couple bonkers sack fumbles at the end of the game made the score look like something it wasn’t: A game the Jets easily could’ve lost to a 7th round draft pick who didn’t take any first team reps during the week.

  5. Vikings game was also incredibly competitive, which it wouldn’t have been had Tua played.

    There isn’t a Vikings fan alive that thinks Minnesota could go to Miami and beat them with Tua, when they were lucky to beat Bridewater.

    Bad losses? More like impressive losses.

  6. Miami is 6-0 when Tua starts and finishes, 0-3 with the 3rd string QB. For the first time in years the Dolphins don’t need to rely on the defense to win. At this point it’s ridiculous to continue the anti-Tua agenda as he has blossomed in his 3rd year with a solid coaching staff and NFL WRs lining up. Just like Josh Allen who wasn’t Josh Allen until his 3rd season after the Bills traded for Diggs and signed Beasley. #FinsUp

  7. touchback6 says:
    November 10, 2022 at 11:49 am
    When you lose to the Jetsies and struggle with the Lions, etc, you probably shouldn’t be running your mouth all the time.

    Wow can you be more tone deaf? When you’re last place in the AFC east I could say the same. Hurts doesn’t it

  8. If McDaniel had only hired a new DC knowing he had too, this will be the teams downfall until corrected.
    Tua is an MVP candidate.

  9. The Dolphins would have maybe one loss if Tua did not go out for 3 games. The Jets and Vikings are lucky they faced a team with 3 missing in the secondary, a star LT and no Tua. In fact, the Vikings are going to face a Bills team maybe without Josh Allen. The Jets are for real, but let’s face it they got 3 easy wins by luck facing scrub QBs.

  10. When you lose to the Jetsies and struggle with the Lions, etc, you probably shouldn’t be running your mouth all the time.

    You talking about those Jetsies that just
    beat eveyones Super Bowl faves the Bills!

  11. If by miracle this team makes the playoffs like the Jets, they’ll fold like lawnchairs

  12. If Tua doesn’t get hurt & Miami’s Defense played like they did the latter half of last season they’d probably be undefeated. That being said this current Miami Defense is pure garbage & lucky to have survived at least 3 of those close games.
    Next season the D Line & O Line upgrade must be a priority for the Fish to succeed.

  13. Mike McDaniel is getting heaps of praise, as he should. Surprisingly I’m not hearing enough praise for Chris Grier who put this team together. He made some risky moves that were criticized from the jump, and he’s built the best Dolphins offense we’ve seen in over two decades.

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