When Tua Tagovailoa told his parents on Tuesday that the Miami Dolphins had decided to start him at quarterback, he said they were excited, but skeptical.
“They didn’t believe me in the slightest,” Tagovelloa said. “I think my dad joked about it. He is like, ‘After two plays, after two throws, they want to bring you in now?’
Although the Dolphins used the fifth selection to receive Tagfloa in the NFL Draft on April 23, the former Alabama-American did not make his NFL debut until 2:27 remained in Miami’s sixth game of the season – Sunday. 24–0 win over New York Jets. Tagovelloa took five snacks, completed both of his passes and figured he would still be Ryan Fitzpatrick’s backup when Miami came out of his bye week to play the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 1.
“You never know when your opportunity is given,” Tagovelloa said during Wednesday’s press conference. “When Coach Flo (Brian Floers) called me, I felt like it was like any other call. We usually watch the movie on Tuesday, and that’s why I thought he was calling because he wanted to I come upstairs and watch some movies. I usually get along. To see him film, but it was different.
He said, “I think you need to be prepared every time. Opportunities come and when they come, you’ve got to pick them up and walk with them. “
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Tagovailoa was not the only one surprised by the quarterback change. Fitzpatrick too, even though he knew it was going to happen at some point.
“I was surprised by it,” Fitzpatrick said during Wednesday’s press conference. “It definitely catches me as a closed-guard. It was a difficult thing for me to listen to yesterday, just to digest the news. My heart was just heavy all day. It was heart-breaking for me. “
“We’ve talked in the past, me and you guys, about how I’m a placeholder and eventually it was going to happen. It was just a kind of case, if not. It still broke my heart yesterday. It was a difficult thing for me to listen and deal with it now, but I am going to do my best for it. ”
Knowing that he got the job at Fitzpatrick’s expense, he enjoyed some promotion for Tagovelloa.
“I was very excited,” Tagovelloa said. “It is news that I think anyone would like to be named a starter at any position.
“But at the same time, I also felt for Fitz, and I and Fitz only had a conversation about it. But as I continue to say, although it hurts me in a way to hurt Fitz, I am very lucky right now, for someone who is on my side, still in my corner like Fitz . I hate to say it like this, but it’s like this: It’s like a father-son. “
A 16-year veteran, Fitzpatrick has started playing for eight NFL teams, including 19, since joining the Dolphins before the 2018 season. About a month before his 38th birthday, Fitzpatrick said he couldn’t help but wonder if his 145th NFL start on Sunday would be his last match.
“That’s what?” Fitzpatrick said. “Was my last game as an NFL player in terms of being a starter and getting out there and playing? You just go through all those different scenarios. I have been a starter. I have been separated all the way, but this is more than any of them – I think this organization and what we have been doing for the last year and a half was the first place apart from the buffalo. Where I just fully committed and invested and realized that this is my team, and so to do so, I think yesterday was such a heavy reason for my heart. But this is the direction the organization is running, and I am ready to accept it. “
Tagovelloa was also reflective after the news. His first NFL debut would be a year 15 days short of the crushed end of his career in Alabama, when he went down against SEC West rival Mississippi State with a dislocated hip and back wall fracture.
“It’s definitely a journey,” Tagovelloa said. “I definitely think about the time I was hurt and then the process was able to go on, being able to practice football, just being able to do things in general. I definitely would I reflect on the process that I went through, and I am definitely blessed that I am still here and able to play the game I was dreaming to play. “
The Dolphins are transitioning quarterbacks after winning their last two matches 3-3. This is a game led by a franchise in the AFC East that has gone to the playoffs once in the last 11 seasons and twice in the last 18 seasons.
Tagovailoa said, “My goal is to do whatever I can to help this team become a success.” “Everyone knows that Fitz has done a tremendous job. I do not know. I just feel like I’m definitely lucky. I am blessed to be in the position where I can continue to learn from a man like Fitz, and then (offensive co-ordinator) Chan (Geely) is also making up his mind, he helped put me into crime, I think. Is, like a good situation. I think it will be important in the next few weeks and throughout the season.
Fitzpatrick said that despite his disappointment, he would remain in the corner of the rogues in every way.
“This profession is interesting in that I was originally fired yesterday,” Fitzpatrick said, “and my work day today consisted of zoom meetings that listened to the man who fired me, along with my replacement. Locked in an outside room. Four hours. Not doing a whole lot of jobs like that. But I know how hard it is to play the quarterback position, and I know that room for that guy. Is very important for everyone who is playing in context. Pulling back and in the same direction, so today is the day to digest a little bit and we’ll get away for a little bye.
“But once that thing starts again, I’m ready to do my best to help Tua because there are two different situations here. One is Tua. And I want to He does well. I think he’s a great kid, and I think he has a really bright future. And the other is my feelings and I’m just the way I’m going and when I get this Gotta walk into the building and help him. “
Tagovailoa said that working with the veteran prepared him for an NFL quarterback.
Tagovelloa said, “I think that being with someone like Fizz, you just don’t think, like you know, what’s within him.” “You start to think about what other people are doing, defense, how they align, how to add structures, how fronts can determine the cover, just about the things that I need to about college. No need to worry, I think now. And it’s really about the little things. It’s like, like I said, it’s really a big blessing that I have someone, and it’s not like that That he stops here. It’s a constant competition with Fitz, and what’s so great about it is that I can continue to move on and learn from him through this process. “
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow her on twitter @ AMarkG1.
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