MIAMI – Tua Tagovailoa and coach Brian Flores talk “every day,” but it’s what the Miami Dolphins coach said at a meeting about the quarterback to the rest of the team that stuck with the passer.
A day after Flores confirmed the Dolphins’ confidence in Tagovailoa amid rumors about the team’s interest in negotiating with the Houston Texans to acquire quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Miami quarterback expressed his gratitude for the coach’s public support.
“It means a lot for the coach to say it,” said Tagovailoa, the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft. ready for next week ”.
Flores did not specify what he said during Tuesday’s meeting, but he did confirm Tagovailoa as the starting quarterback in Week 1 of the regular season against the New England Patriots.
“Those conversations (with the players) are private, (but) I will say that Tua is our quarterback,” Flores stressed. “He has had a good training camp and has made a lot of progress. He has improved a lot and we are pleased with where he is. He’s preparing for New England the way he should.
“It is important that the players on the team feel that they have the support of their teammates, their coaches and everyone in the organization. It is very important, ”he added.
Tagovailoa started nine games as a starter in 2020, completing 64 percent of his passes for 1,814 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions. He spent the entire offseason as the starting quarterback for the Dolphins, despite rumors that the team could negotiate a trade for Watson.
After those rumors resurfaced last week, the Tagovailoa coach and his teammates confirmed their support for him.
“I love all the quarterbacks here and will support any quarterback that Coach Flo puts on the field,” offensive lineman Solomon Kindley said. “I’m going to do my job no matter who they put there, (but), like I said, I love Tuay I’m going to block for Tua.”