The respect for Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami may have hit an all-time low. After being demoted from starting quarterback last week, Fitzpatrick may soon find himself at the center of trade talks, and head coach for the Miami Dolphins, Brian Flores, isn’t doing much of anything to soothe the veteran’s worry.

In any normalcy, it’s in the head coach’s best interest to defend his players in terms of the team’s desire to move on from said player. That hasn’t happened with Flores and Fitzpatrick after Flores’ latest comments. The Dolphins had always secretly desired for rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to take over the realm upon his return from his rehabilitation of his hip injury.

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Now with a bye week behind them, Tagovailoa has had enough time to further familiarize himself with the sets he’ll be running against the Los Angeles Rams.

Fitzpatrick delivered some stellar performances during his time as a starter, making the call to trade him a bit questionable. He’s completed 70.1 percent of his passes nearly halfway through the season for 1,535 yards along with 10 touchdowns. His best performance came in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers, an outing in which he tallied up 350 passing yards after completing 78.57 percent of his passes for three touchdowns. He also threw no interceptions during that contest, resulting in a lopsided 43-17 win for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins are shored up by the abilities of Tagovailoa seeing as how they immediately moved to make him the starter after he was cleared to play. He makes his first start after nearly being removed a year from competition against a formidable opponent in the Los Angeles Rams.