Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores Hints at Tua Tagovailoa Being QB1 for 2021

Published 03/11/2021, 11:52 AM EST
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


There’s been a lot of talk about who might be the Miami Dolphins starting quarterback for 2021. With the embarrassment of riches they have in terms of draft picks and cap space heading into next season, the Dolphins franchise has several options to choose from.

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The Dolphins already have a young QB in Tua Tagovailoa. But the most popular route among those involved trading for Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson. Watson’s desire to move on from the Texans franchise is well documented.

And many believe that the Dolphins are the ones in the best position to land the QB. But going by recent comments made by Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores, the franchise looks set to stick with Tua for 2021.

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Miami Dolphins already have their QB1

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Flores talked about how despite all the speculation surrounding the role of starting QB, Tua remains their go-to man.

“I’m excited about Tua in this upcoming season. You think about his situation coming off the hip, threw him in the fire,” said Flores.

“He started nine games. He made a lot of improvement. Had some ups had some downs like any rookie. Excited for the jump from year one to two,” he added.

Tua of course had to make his debut under circumstances never before seen in the NFL. Playing through a season affected by COVID, Tua Tagovailoa impressed with his plays.

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Dec 13, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores walks on the field prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

But the rookie was often switched around with veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who seems to be headed towards free agency. With all responsibility now falling on Tua, Flores clearly believes his young quarterback has what it takes to lead the team’s offense.

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Flores mentioned on how important he feels it is to develop a close relationship with his players to help guide their development. The Head Coach also said that the he and Tua talked about the upcoming season and the challenges that lie ahead of them.

Thus with the Dolphins looking unlikely to trade for Deshaun Watson, which franchise do you feel will make the plunge for the QB?

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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