In Dolphins they reiterate that Tua Tagovailoa is their QB and they do not think of Deshaun Watson


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In Dolphins they reiterate that Tua Tagovailoa is their QB and they do not think of Deshaun Watson

MIAMI – The coach of the Miami Dolphins, Brian Flores, gave a public endorsement to Tua Tagovailoa, after rumors of a possible trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson erupted again earlier this week.

“I don’t really get into rumors, Tua is our quarterback,” Flores stressed when asked about Watson. “We are happy with the quarterback. I will leave it at that, I have said it several times.”

The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that a trade between Miami and Houston involving Watson, who faces 22 active lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior, could end this week. He applied for a trade in January before the first such lawsuit was filed against him, and he has not played or been active in any games this season.

Tagovailoa, who missed three games due to broken ribs, led the Dolphins to his only win of the season in Week 1; now the team is on a five-game losing streak.

Flores previously supported Tagovailoa during a meeting the week before the victory of Miami Over the Patriots. Later that week, he publicly called Tagovailoa “our quarterback,” and said it was important that players and coaches feel the support of his organization.

“It means a lot coming from the head coach,” accepted Tagovailoa in September. “The support I have from him and the team means a lot.”

The fifth overall pick in 2020 has thrown for 544 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in three games this season, though he played just six plays against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 before leaving with broken ribs. He returned from injured reserve for Miami’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, completing 33 of 47 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Brian Flores He praised Tagovailoa’s game this season, as well as the way he performs during the week.

“His preparation, the way he practices and the way he performs has been good. I think he played very well last week,” recalled Flores. “I think his psyche is in a good place. He’s a confident guy, he’s a tough guy and he’s really played two games this year, so he should have a lot of confidence in the way he’s played; trust him for his way of playing.

“He’s developing. I think this kid is smart, I think he is, I think he’s talented. I think he’s accurate, I think he definitely has a chance to be a very good NFL player … There are always obstacles in him. path for anyone in any career, any profession. You have to work through them and you will be better at that. “

Rumors about the change of Dolphins by Watson have been swirling for months, and Miami is reportedly the quarterback’s favorite destination. Nevertheless, Deshaun watson must still face the punishment of the NFL while investigations into the allegations of his behavior continue. Houston has made clear his intentions to keep Watson out, but it is unclear whether he would be allowed to play this season if he were traded to another team.

Flores noted that his players are blocking things that “happen outside our building” as they prepare to host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

“Some of us have probably heard of it, but it’s just a distraction at the end of the day,” said rookie tackle Liam Eichenberg. “The most important thing this week is that we play the Falcons and we need a win. I think that’s what everyone thinks now is to focus on the Falcons.”


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