DAVIE, Fla. – Head coach Brian Flores strongly pushed back the idea that Miami Dolphins rookie Tua Tagovailoa must audition for the remainder of the 2020 season to see if they want to pick another quarterback in the 2021 NFL draft.
“There are a couple of things out there, let’s call it a source that comes close to the dolphins’ thinking and says we’re auditioning Tua. I’ll just tell you about my thinking. We brought Tua here because we like everyone believe him We believe in developing players … and improving players every day, “said Flores. “That would be the opposite of a 10-game audition. That’s just my thinking, just so everyone is clear.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that one factor that contributed to the Dolphins’ decision to name Tagovailoa as the starting quarterback to popular veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 7 was that Miami made the Houston Texans NFL pick for first and owns second round in next year’s NFL draft.
The first-round Texans picks are expected to end up in the top 10, and the 2021 NFL draft could include intriguing top 10 quarterback options, including Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields. The dolphins also have their own selection for the first and second round.
But Flores made it clear that he is committed to Tagovailoa beyond the 2020 season, and it appears that the Dolphins will spend more time building a team around Tagovailoa in the 2021 off-season rather than adding his potential replacement.
“I’m happy with the results of these 10 games,” said Flores. “Since I’ve been here everyone has been talking to me about player development and daily improvement. I just don’t see anyone close to Dolphins’ thinking can say this is a 10 game game.” Audition. I’m not sure where or who this came from. “
Tagovailoa will begin his second NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and is expected to remain the team’s starter for the remainder of the season and beyond. The 4-3 Dolphins face a defense in the playoffs that enabled a league low of 18.6 points per game, which helped Tagovailoa score his first NFL win on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, though he only threw 93 yards.
When Flores announced the decision to start Tagovailoa a few weeks ago, he referred to the general willingness, improvement in practice and the feeling within the organization that it was time to see the rookie because that was the best for the team .