Dolphins’ Ryan Fitzpatrick gives Tua Tagovailoa golden advice about taking risks under pressure
Tua Tagovailoa had a rough outing in Week 11 for the Miami Dolphins, but Ryan Fitzpatrick knows it can be a learning experience for the rookie quarterback. While speaking with Tagovailoa during the game on Sunday, Fitzpatrick gave Tagovailoa valuable advice about taking shots when he’s under pressure.
In his fourth start in his rookie season, Tagovailoa struggled against the Denver Broncos. Denver’s defense pressured him often, sacking him six times as he completed only 11 of his 20 attempts for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Due to his underwhelming play, Tagovailoa was benched for Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter. Despite Brian Flores hoping for a spark from Fitzpatrick, an interception in the end zone sealed the game for Denver.
At one point, Fitzpatrick was seen speaking with Tagovailoa on the sidelines, and the veteran used that time to help the young quarterback. Fitzpatrick informed Tagovailoa that he’ll learn he doesn’t have much time to go through his reads:
Fitz mentoring @Tua at the end of a tough day 💯
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Against the Broncos, Tagovailoa was hesitant to push the ball down the field while he was under duress. However, Fitzpatrick believes this past game will teach him to trust his receivers more when he’s dealing with pressure.
Following Miami’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10, Tagovailoa uttered that he thought the transition to the NFL from college would be harder. Even though he wasn’t downplaying the work needed to play in the NFL, it’s apparent he has some learning to do before he becomes the quarterback the Dolphins hope he can become.