Dolphins HC Brian Flores Says Tua Tagovailoa is Doing What is Necessary to Improve

Published 05/10/2021, 2:22 PM EDT
Nov 8, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) breaks the tackle of Arizona Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden (44) and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy (33) during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Tua Tagovailoa has high expectations going into the new season. After a difficult rookie year, Tua will enter his sophomore year with the Miami Dolphins as the undisputed starter. Last year, he split starting duties with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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But now, the Dolphins have placed their faith entirely in Tua. And despite the challenges he faced last season, Brian Flores says that Tagovailoa is slowly improving.

Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores spoke recently about Tua Tagovailoa. He believes that Tua has been moving forward very well, but he doesn’t want to focus on just him.

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All of the Dolphins’ young players are progressing at a really good pace. And they are working hard in the process of trying to improve themselves. That is key to their development and will ensure that they continue to show results.

Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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“I never like to put it on one player. I think we’ve got a lot of young players, and we’re looking for all of those players as well as really everyone on our team to improve in a variety of ways. If they’re putting all the work in, I expect them to improve, get better, and perform better.”

Tua Tagovailoa continues to develop

However, he did say that Tua Tagovailoa is ahead of all of his teammates at the moment. He is taking all the right steps and treading in the right direction.

All he needs to do is continue to work as hard as he is right now. The results from his work are there for all to see, and it just goes to show that his hard work will yield results.

“Tua is obviously at the top of that list. He’s been working. All signs point to — or I would say based on my experience — he’s doing everything necessary to make some improvements. That’s really all we can ask for. My thing is if you put the work in, the results will take care of themselves.”

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Nov 15, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) scrambles with the ball around Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Kyzir White (44) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Will Tua Tagovailoa take the next step in quality this year? He will be reunited with his former Alabama teammate Jalen Waddle, whom the Dolphins selected with their #6 overall pick.

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A weapon that Tua knows how to work with, Waddle will help Tua settle into his role as the quarterback much faster.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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