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Report: No turmoil in Dolphins’ locker room following Tua Tagovailoa’s takeover as starting quarteback

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins

Some have questioned whether or not the Miami Dolphins are making the right move by replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick with Tua Tagovailoa under center. Despite the arguments being had by media pundits, there hasn’t been any internal turmoil in Miami’s locker room with the quarterback change, per NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.

Heading into their bye week in Week 7, the Dolphins were 3-3 and Fitzpatrick was hitting his stride at quarterback. The journeyman signal-caller had completed 70.6 percent of his passes for 1,344 yards, 10 touchdowns, and four interceptions in his past five games.

Above all, the Dolphins went 3-2 in the past five weeks, blowing out the San Francisco 49ers, and they came close to taking down the Seattle Seahawks. However, at the end of the shutout win over the New York Jets, Miami inserted Tagovailoa into the game in the fourth quarter.

Seeing that Tagovailoa was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dolphins seemingly just wanted to get his feet wet. However, having him take some snaps against New York became more than just that. Not long after Miami began their bye week, Brian Flores announced that Tagovailoa would be the starting quarterback in Week 8.

When the decision was made, Fitzpatrick admitted that he was heartbroken to lose his starting job with the team playing well. At the same time though, the veteran quarterback shared that he’ll be rooting for Tagovailoa to succeed.

In his first career start, the left-handed passer will square off with a tough Los Angeles Rams defense on Sunday. As a result, we’ll see Tagovailoa tested early in his career, and we’ll get a chance to see if Miami started him at the right time.