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Report details heated exchange between Brian Flores, Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa at a press conference

The Miami Dolphins made the surprising decision on Monday to fire head coach Brian Flores. It sounds like the move was a result of Flores not getting along with several members of the organization, one of which was his starting quarterback.

Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel published a column on Tuesday criticizing the Dolphins for firing Flores for non-football reasons. In his story, Hyde mentioned how Flores and Tua Tagovailoa had some heated exchanges when things were not going well in Miami.

He described one verbal spat at halftime earlier this season.

From Hyde’s article:

It started at halftime with a meltdown in the locker room as their season melted down on the field. Coach Brian Flores was angry at quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s dismal half. He said things. Tua said things back.

Anger flew. The f-word – gasp – was traded. Tua said something about Flores not knowing how to talk to people. Flores said something about needing better bleeping play.

It should be noted that Hyde said the disagreements paled in comparison to some of the past ones involving Dolphins legends like Don Shula and Dan Marino. His point was that owner Stephen Ross should have found a way to improve the “communication and collaboration” Ross referred to when announcing on Monday that Flores had been fired.

The Dolphins drafted Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick two years ago, but it’s hard to believe a rift between him and Flores was the sole motivation behind firing the coach. If anything, it seems like the team chose longtime general manager Chris Grier over Flores. Grier has been with the Dolphins since he began as a scout in 2000. He was promoted to GM in 2016. Miami has made the playoffs just twice since 2002.

The Dolphins posted winning records the last two seasons. They finished 9-8 this year and bounced back after a 1-7 start. Flores should find another job fairly quickly and already has an interview lined up. If the Dolphins struggle next season, their decision to move on from Flores will look even worse.

Photo: Oct 15, 2021; Ware, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at a press conference at the Hanbury Marriott Manor and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Simms gets roasted for his strange Tua Tagovailoa take

Chris Simms

Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms is taking heat for a fairly strange take about Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Simms was responding to criticism from social media over his previous Tagovailoa comments when he began comparing the Dolphins quarterback with the Saints’ Taysom Hill during Thursday’s edition of “Pro Football Talk.” Simms contended that Hill is better than Tagovailoa because of a more diverse skillset, as “the whole world can throw the ball five yards over the middle” like Tagovailoa. In contrast, Simms argued that the Saints asked more of a banged-up Hill than the Dolphins ask of a healthy Tagovailoa.

If Simms was trying to defuse Twitter hate, he failed miserably. A lot of users were keen to point out how much better Tagovailoa’s career numbers already are compared to Simms’. Others pointed out that if throwing over the middle was as easy as Simms said it was, his NFL career likely could have lasted much longer.

Simms does not think much of Tagovailoa as an NFL quarterback. That much is obvious. There are some NFL players who seem to share that opinion. That does not change the fact that Tagovailoa has had some big games in the NFL, while the Saints have appeared reluctant to give Hill the quarterback job even after Jameis Winston’s season-ending injury.

Perhaps there is a reason that Simms has been roasted in the past by a much more successful quarterback.

Giants DB takes shot at Tua Tagovailoa after loss

Tua Tagovailoa at a press conference

A New York Giants player is finding a way to talk smack despite taking an L.

The Giants lost to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday by a 20-9 final. They were without starting quarterback Daniel Jones due to a neck injury, then backup Mike Glennon suffered a concussion during the game. Afterwards, Giants cornerback Logan Ryan spoke on his team’s quarterback situation and got in a shot at Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa, who had just beat them.

Ryan said that he was available as an emergency quarterback if need be, noting that he played the position in high school.

“I’m a lot like Tua, I can throw two yard passes to the left,” Ryan added, per Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com.

It is never a good look to be talking trash about the other team after a loss. Tagovailoa didn’t even do too bad either, completing 30-of-41 pass attempts for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

Opponents clearly have a problem with giving respect to the former first-round pick Tagovailoa. A couple of weeks ago, another opposing defender tried to downplay Tagovailoa’s strong performance in a Miami victory.

Photo: Oct 15, 2021; Ware, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at a press conference at the Hanbury Marriott Manor and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jets player not impressed with Tua Tagovailoa despite big game

Tua Tagovailoa at a press conference

Tua Tagovailoa had one of his best NFL performances on Sunday. That didn’t impress at least one opponent, though.

New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers characterized Tagovailoa’s performance in Miami’s 24-17 win as throwing up “prayers” that sometimes went answered.

This doesn’t really check out. Tagovailoa went an efficient 27-of-33 for 273 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. That’s a lot of answered prayers.

Tagovailoa has received plenty of criticism during his career, and some of it has come from opponents. His decision-making and his reading of defenses has come under scrutiny. It’s often been quite valid. Here, though, it sounds like sour grapes from a team that made Tagovailoa look very good.

It probably doesn’t help that Franklin-Myers, who has four sacks on the year, only collected one QB hit on Sunday.

Photo: Oct 15, 2021; Ware, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at a press conference at the Hanbury Marriott Manor and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa out against Texans due to finger injury

Tua Tagovailoa at a press conference

Tua Tagovailoa was limited in practice all week with finger and rib injuries, and one of those ailments is serious enough that it will force him to sit out in Week 9.

Tagovailoa has a small fracture in the middle finger on his throwing hand, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. While the injury is not expected to keep him out long-term, he will not play against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Jacoby Brissett will start in his place.

The Dolphins are committed to Tagovailoa for the remainder of the season after they were unable to trade for Deshaun Watson. Injuries have been a concern for the former Alabama star since he was drafted, and he has struggled to stay healthy again this year.

Tagovailoa also missed several games this season with a rib injury. He has 1,040 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions in five games this season.

Photo: Oct 15, 2021; Ware, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at a press conference at the Hanbury Marriott Manor and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins player has critical assessment of Tua Tagovailoa’s leadership

Tua Tagovailoa at a press conference

There has been a lot of finger-pointing when it comes to why the Miami Dolphins have struggled so much in 2021. Some players believe it’s down to a leadership void that the likes of Tua Tagovailoa aren’t filling.

According to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel, many in the Miami locker room blame the loss of key veteran leaders from the 2020 team for the team’s 1-6 start to 2021. Among those missed is quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who won the team’s leadership award in 2020 but moved on to Washington in the offseason.

One anonymous player compared Fitzpatrick to Tagovailoa, saying the second-year quarterback is doing his best but simply doesn’t lead as well as Fitzpatrick did.

“He’s great, and he’s trying. But it’s not Fitz,” the player told Kelly.

Whether Tagovailoa can lead an offense has been one of the big questions about him. Coach Brian Flores had praised him for his offseason leadership work, but the fact that Tagovailoa was not elected a team captain raised some eyebrows.

To be fair, the player isn’t necessarily saying Tagovailoa is a bad leader — just not as good as Fitzpatrick. It’s not clear if the team’s brass shares that feeling, but it could be one reason the team appears very interested in bringing in someone new.

Photo: Oct 15, 2021; Ware, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) at a press conference at the Hanbury Marriott Manor and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa has telling remark on Deshaun Watson trade rumors

Tua Tagovailoa at a press conference

Tua Tagovailoa can’t be feeling like the Miami Dolphins have too much confidence in him these days, but the former first-round pick is doing his best to put on a happy face — literally.

The Dolphins have been viewed as the most likely suitor to land Deshaun Watson if the Houston Texans deal the star quarterback. Watson has a no-trade clause, and a report on Wednesday claimed he is only willing to waive it for Miami. That led to a member of the media asking Tagovailoa if he feels wanted by the Dolphins organization. He had a very interesting response.

“I don’t not feel wanted,” Tagovailoa said with a chuckle. “That’s what I can say.”

Tagovailoa was asked about the fact that Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule has come out and said his team is not interested in Watson. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has only stated the obvious, which is that Tagovailoa is currently the team’s starting quarterback. Flores could easily put the Watson rumors to rest. We all know why he hasn’t.

“I don’t base my emotions off of who says anything about me or who’s saying what,” Tagovailoa said. “All I can do is my job and do it to the best of my capability.”

Flores has been asked about the Watson rumors multiple times. The way he addressed the reports on Wednesday can’t have Tagovailoa feeling that confident about his future in Miami.

There’s a reason the Dolphins have been viewed as the most likely suitor for Watson. They’re obviously interested in him, which is not all that surprising considering he’s a 25-year-old Pro Bowler. What that also means, however, is that they’re skeptical about Tagovailoa’s ability to become a franchise quarterback. The former Alabama star likely knows that.

Tua Tagovailoa reacts to Deshaun Watson trade rumors

Tua Tagovailoa

Rumors of a potential Deshaun Watson trade have intensified this week, with the Miami Dolphins named as the most likely suitor. It’s easy to imagine those rumors are taking a bit of a toll on Miami’s current quarterback.

After Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Tua Tagovailoa admitted he’s well aware of the trade rumors. The second-year quarterback said he has been trying to tune them out, and said coach Brian Flores has been transparent on the topic.

Tagovailoa has been put in a tough spot. He’s trying to prove himself as an NFL quarterback, and he’s doing so in the face of trade rumors. It doesn’t help that his team has started 1-6.

On the other hand, Tagovailoa has brought a lot of this on himself. He threw two more interceptions Sunday against Atlanta, bringing him to four in four games. Beyond that, some of his throws have looked downright awful. That’s a big reason the Dolphins may be looking for a replacement.

Tagovailoa definitely has the support of some within the organization. Time may be running out on him anyway, and the public nature of it all won’t make things any easier for him.

Watch: Dan Marino appeared to give Tua Tagovailoa pep talk

Dan Marino Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa has faced a lot of criticism in his first two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and he may have gotten some words of encouragement from a franchise icon on Sunday.

Tagovailoa briefly met with Dan Marino on the field before the Dolphins’ game against the Atlanta Falcons in Miami. If our novice lip-reading skills serve us correctly, it looked like Marino said “s— happens” to Tagovailoa before the two parted ways. Here’s the video:

We’re just speculating, but it would not be a surprise if Marino spoke with Tagovailoa about the recent reports once again linking Deshaun Watson to the Dolphins.

The Dolphins don’t seem like they have a ton of faith in Tagovailoa. Head coach Brian Flores has had to awkwardly throw his support behind the former fifth overall pick on multiple occasions.

Any advice Marino had for Tagovailoa was probably appreciated. The former Alabama star’s first two years in the NFL have not been easy.

Tua Tagovailoa rumors spin out of control amid Watson speculation

Tua Tagovailoa

As speculation increased about a potentially imminent Deshaun Watson trade, even wilder rumors began to spread about the future of Tua Tagovailoa.

A report on Wednesday indicated that the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins are making progress on trade talks involving Watson. That cast doubt on Tagovailoa’s future in Miami and led to a flood of unsourced rumors about the Dolphins quarterback’s future.

Further complicating matters was a report from Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk 790 AM indicating that a third team was involved in trade talks that related to the Watson situation.

We do know of two prominent teams that Tagovailoa has been linked to but apparently aren’t involved. One of them is the Denver Broncos, who have no interest in Tagovailoa, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

Tagovailoa was also linked to the Washington Football Team, another organization without a long-term solution at quarterback. JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, however, said he received a “hard no” from sources when asking if Washington had interest.

Where does that leave Tagovailoa? We don’t know, honestly. There’s no doubt that if Miami does bring Watson in, Tagovailoa’s long-term future in Miami is over. It may be that other teams just aren’t that interested. That’s hard to fathom given how much hype Tagovailoa had coming into the NFL, but when you see some of the plays he’s made during games, it just doesn’t look like he’s making much progress toward being a standout NFL quarterback.