While many fans are excited for the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to get this shot, there is a sad side to Tagovailoa’s promotion.
Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has been terrific this season, was benched in favor of Tagovailoa.
He was fully honest about his initial reactions to the news.
Fitzpatrick reiterates again that his heart was broken by this. Said Flores called him to the coach's office to tell him the news. https://t.co/wmmt6fM7RZ
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 21, 2020
It is a tough pill to swallow for Fitzpatrick, as he did everything he could to keep the starting gig.
Fitzpatrick had thrown for 1,535 yards and 10 touchdowns through the season’s first six games.
Now, Tagovailoa will take the reins in Miami and try to build on what Fitzpatrick has already done this season.
It will be interesting to see how the veteran handles his transition to the backup role after performing so well this year.