With the Dolphins currently in their bye week, it will give Tagovelloa two weeks to prepare for the transition.
Tagovailoa’s first NFL debut would be 351 days after he suffered a dislocated right hip and rear wall fracture. It is a remarkable recovery from an injury that some thought can regain his ability to play high level football.
This move surprises little because of the timing. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick had played well, with the Dolphins winning two in a row with a combined score of 67–17. He is also ranked seventh in the NFL by QBR (79.6).
For the dolphins, this is the beginning of a new era. The Dolphins believe Tagovelloa is their franchise quarterback – to lead them to being a consistent championship contender. This is a standard he did not do as Dan Marino was his starting quarterback.
Tagovailoa saw his first NFL action in a bang win over the New York Jets on Sunday. He went two-for-two minutes from nine yards, playing just five snacks, but showed his mobility rolling out of a pass to the left and gave the Dolphins coaching staff a small glimpse of how he got on offense. Can lead to.
Offensive coordinator Chan Geely said, “Oh, yes, you go there and you see it. He went under the duress and made an accurate throw. He sat in the pocket on third down and threw for the first throw.” “They are positive. They are real positive. For a man who hasn’t played a snap. They are real positive.”
The Dolphins’ fanbase exploded in cheers by chanting “Tua” at the first glimpse of their potential new franchise quarterback.
“I could definitely hear it. Nothing else is playing in the stadium, so I could hear that,” Tagovelloa said of the reception. “And it was awesome. But to be out there with my teammates, being my first time, and getting support and love from them, I think it was awesome. And then you have Fitz. There is a vet of 16 years old with no hostility towards it, who has been supportive the whole time. Good drive, bad drive, he comes to the sideline and just talks through his process about why he did some things. Ki. I am very lucky to have a patron. Who is very encouraging on the field and then this man, like, he is very brilliant off the field. ”
Dolphins coach Brian Flores handled the situation by allowing Fitzpatrick to lead the early part of the season, while Tagovelloa learned from him and prepared for his opportunity. Now the Dolphins’ Week 7 bye week will allow the Dolphins to prepare Tagovelloa for their first NFL debut for two weeks.
Tagovelloa will be the 22nd quarterback to start for the Dolphins since Marino retired in 2000. None of the last 21 made a Pro Bowl appearance. No one has had a playoff victory in nearly 20 years.
In his three seasons at Alabama, Tagovelloa was the most skilled passer in college football history, winning the Walter Camp and Maxwell awards while being the Heiman Trophy runner-up in 2018.
Miami selected him with the No. 5 pick in the April draft despite the uncertainty surrounding his hip injury.
But now, it’s about what he can do on the field in NFL games.
Tegovelloa was considered healthy at the beginning of training camp and quickly showed his mobility during practice. The team’s complete rest in his health progress came at the beginning of Week 2 when he was removed from the team’s injury report.
“From a rehab approach or just a strength training standpoint, he’s doing what everyone else is doing,” Floers said. “He is doing well physically and mentally. From a health point of view, it was clearly a serious injury and he has done a great job to get himself healthy and get to where he is practicing. Can do it and take a lot of reps. ” Trends in the right direction from a health perspective. ”
Next Sunday may possibly be the first time Tagoveloa has settled since the November 2019 hip-injury and the last hurdle will need to be passed to make him feel normal.
In the offseason, Fitzpatrick said he knew he was a “placeholder” for Tagovelloa and would be the young quarterback’s mentor and greatest cheerleader whenever it came time to pass the key to the offense.
The six-game wait was crucial for Tagoveloa, who asked Fitzpatrick and Geely a lot of questions and soaked up insight, as they tried to capture what they missed during a short offseason. Coaches have reported their rise from the start of training camp to the regular six-week session.
Fitzpatrick was named the Week 1 starter without a set timeline for how long he would stay in the role and certainly performed a few peaks, including a 350-yard, four-touchdown win over the San Francisco 49ers in a 5-week Was. In six games, Fitzpatrick passed 70.1% for 1,535 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
At 3-3, the Dolphins still hope to make a playoff push and now have Tagovelloa to take them there. He gives the offense more mobility, accuracy and play ability, even if he is not as strong a fist at it as Fitzpatrick does.
Tagovalloa becomes the third rogue quarterback to start a game after Cincinnati Bengals ‘Joe Burrow and Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert. He also became the first left-handed NFL quarterback since Kellyanne Moore retired in 2017 and became the first player to play a game after Michael Vick in 2015.
For Tagovailoa – a player with a reputation already a documentary on national TV, a high-selling NFL jersey and support from some of Miami sports history’s biggest stars – expectations could not be higher. He may be the Dolphins’ biggest star since Marino. Tagovelloa believes he was destined for the moment and says he is ready to take advantage of it.
Miami Heat veteran Dwayne Wade told ESPN this summer, “He’s a hell of a player. Especially Miami at the QB position. He really needs it. He needs a leader.” “To come in as a young player and win a game in the second half of a national championship game – that shows some patience, that shows some balls. People really need to believe in you. Miami needs to. .Dolphins are needed. Although I a [Chicago] Bears fan, I was pushing for him to get him because Miami needs to be brought back to the basketball program. ”