Though the spotlight for the Miami Dolphins’ game on Sunday is directly on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, head coach Brian Flores praises the rookie for being a team player.
#Dolphins coach Brian Flores says Tua's "focus is on this week and not much else. I think he understands it’s not Tua against the Rams. It’s the Dolphins against the Rams. He’s a team guy and his teammates are supportive of him." Tua not thinking much about hype for first start.
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Tagovailoa will be making his first NFL start against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, a highly anticipated event that the Dolphins are hoping is the start of a memorable career.
The hype about Tagovailoa starting for the Dolphins has been building since the team selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Coming back from potentially career-threatening hip surgery last year, Tagovailoa has undergone intense rehabilitation and has impressed both Flores and his teammates with his professionalism.
That approach has resulted in Tagovailoa spending long hours learning the Dolphins offense and adapting to the pro game. The Dolphins’ original plan was focused on letting him learn while watching veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Flores shifted gears last week by elevating the rookie to the starting lineup.
Tagovailoa will be facing a stiff challenge against the 5-2 Rams, but his main focus is simply on helping the Dolphins win their third consecutive game and get above the .500 mark.