It’s official, Tua Tagovailoa will start for the Miami Dolphins in NFL Week 12. On Sunday, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was replaced in the fourth quarter of their 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos in a move that coach Brian Flores said was not injury-related.
After the game, Flores told reporters that despite the benching, Tagovailoa will remain the Dolphins’ starting quarterback. Right call?
“Tua wasn’t injured. We just felt like it was the best move at that point of the game. We had to get in two-minute mode. Also, we felt like [Fitzpatrick] gave us the best chance to win the game, and we had an opportunity at the end to tie it,” Flores said.
Tagovailoa struggled against Denver. Going 11-of-20 passing for 83 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked six times, after getting sacked four times in his last four games.
Dolphins Confirm Tua Tagovailoa As Starter
“My thoughts were whatever was going to be best for the team. When I was in. We couldn’t really get things going,” Tagovailoa said. “Coach felt like it was best to put Fitz in to give us a spark. When I heard that, it was really what’s best for the team. If we were to win with Fitz in there, the locker room would be different. Everyone would be a lot happier. It just sucks to lose.”
After the game, Fitzpatrick made it clear that there won’t be a quarterback controversy moving forward.
“It’s very clear that this is Tua’s team. Tua is going to continue to get better and grow,” said Fitzpatrick, who finished 12-of-18 passing for 117 yards and the interception. “For me, my defined role is whatever the team needs out of me. … There’s no controversy. This is his team. He’s going to lead this team and continue to lead the team. We just got to pull in the right direction and get everybody to continue to get better.”