Tua Isn’t Being Tried Out In Order To See If Dolphins Need to Draft Quarterback In 2021 Draft According To Coach Flores
Tua Tagovailoa is the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback. Period.
Not just for the Dolphins’ upcoming game, not just for this season but for the future and it’s why they drafted him. And Dolphins head coach Brian Flores wanted to squash any rumors out there that this is somehow an “audition” for Tua.
“There’s a couple of things out there, let’s call it a source close to Dolphins thinking is saying that, that we’re auditioning Tua,” Flores said, per Sports Illustrated. “I’m just going to tell you about my thinking. Look, we brought Tua here because we believe in him, same as all the other draft picks. We believe in developing players and I think guys have heard me talk about improving the players on a daily basis. That would be the opposite of giving somebody a 10-game audition. So … that’s my thinking on that just so everybody is clear.”
There was an ESPN article which reported that one factor in naming Tagovailoa “their starting quarterback was the fact that Miami owns the Houston Texans’ first- and second-round picks in next year’s NFL draft, league sources told ESPN. The Dolphins need to know what they have in Tagovailoa as they enter the 2021 draft with two picks in each of the first two rounds…”
But, as Flores said, the team believes in Tua, their draft picks, and wanting to develop players. Tagovailoa is one of those draft picks they want to improve daily.
So far, in two games, Tagovailoa has already thrown a touchdown pass for 102 yards total and helped the Dolphins secure a win in his first start against the Rams on Sunday.
So, if you didn’t know, now you know. As Flores said in his interview, “just so everybody’s clear.”
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