The Miami Dolphins were stopped in their tracks by the Denver Broncos after winning five consecutive games prior to their Week 11 matchup in Mile High. Dolphins QB1 Tua Tagovailoa was in the forefront of the team’s struggles and eventually headed to the bench after a dismal performance under center.
He managed to share his thoughts regarding the move by Dolphins head coach Brian Flores who turned to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in a bid to salvage the game’s outcome:
“My thoughts were whatever was going to be best for the team,” Tagovailoa said via Pro Football Talk. “When I was in, we couldn’t really get things going and Coach felt like it was the best decision to put Fitz in to give us a spark. When I heard that — it’s really what’s best for the team. If we were to win with Fitz in there, the locker room would be a lot different and everyone would be a lot happier. It just sucks to lose.”
The rookie from Alabama only tallied 83 passing yards on an 11/20 passing clip and a passing touchdown before being pulled out of action in the fourth quarter of the game. Fitzpatrick was then eased in under center where he took over and contributed 117 yards on 12-of-18 passes completed along with an interception.
Broncos quarterback Drew Lock ultimately outdueled the two playmakers and tallied better numbers with the help of wide receiver Tim Patrick who balled out with 119 receiving yards on five receptions.
The Dolphins eventually lost on a 20-13 outcome due to a crucial pick made by Broncos safety Justin Simmons in the dying seconds of the game. Although the quarterback switch isn’t going to be permanent, Tua Tagovailoa was ultimately reminded that he is going to be held accountable if he doesn’t perform and deliver for his team.
Head coach Brian Flores and his men still remain in the thick of the playoff race with a 6-4 record and will aim to get back on the win column against the lowly New York Jets in Week 12 proceedings.