Dolphins’ Brian Flores announces Ryan Fitzpatrick as starting QB for Week 2 vs. Bills
Even a three-interception game will not make it become time for Tua. Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will continue to be the starter, despite his poor performance in the season opener against the New England Patriots in which he threw three interceptions.
#Dolphins HC Brian Flores said Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starting QB for their Week 2 game vs. Buffalo.
Even with the poor performance this week, this is not a surprise. Especially without a preseason, the Dolphins do not want to rush their first round draft pick, Tua Tagovailoa, into the starting role with him coming off of a serious injury and with the offense struggling. During his final year with Alabama he suffered a dislocated hip which kept him out of the rest of his final year.
Tagovailoa was listed on the Dolphins’ first injury report of the season with a hip injury, presumably the same hip injury he suffered in college. His being on the injury report would seem to indicate that the injury is still not 100 percent healed and he is still recovering. Many analysts were concerned about the injury going into the draft and were speculating on whether the injury would cause his draft stock to drop. The Dolphins must have seen something in their limited tests with him, however, as they took him with the fifth overall pick in the draft.
In spite of his high draft pick, though, it seems as though the Dolphins are taking their time with the rookie. And no matter how poorly Fitzpatrick plays in the beginning of the season, they do not plan on rushing Tua into the starting role.