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Sport News | Dolphins should stay with Tua Tagovailoa, no longer pursue Deshaun Watson – The Denver Post

The Miami Dolphins’ next head coach will likely have to like quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

While the Dolphins have put together a slate of seven interviews for the vacancy created by the firing of former coach Brian Flores, multiple reports emerged Saturday morning indicating the franchise plans to move forward with Tagovailoa as quarterback for his third season in the NFL.

It also essentially ends the Dolphins’ pursuit of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, an elite quarterback who didn’t play the 2021 season amid 22 civil lawsuits accusing him of misconduct. sexual assault and two of those alleging sexual assault. Miami, with Flores as head coach, had been heavily involved in trade negotiations for Watson throughout the past offseason and preseason and up until last season’s trade deadline.

NFL Network reported a “plan to build and sustain [Tagovailoa]. ”

ESPN added, “The odds of the Dolphins pursuing or acquiring QB Deshaun Watson from the Texans are drastically reduced, if not gone. … Flores had an interest in exploring a deal with Watson, but others in the organization, including owner Steven Ross , did not.

Tagovailoa completed 67.8% of passes for 2,653 yards, 6.8 per attempt, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, adding three rushing touchdowns in the 2021 season. He missed four games with separate rib and finger injuries , most of the Sept. 19 loss to the Buffalo Bills after dropping early in the home opener and the first half of the Nov. 11 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Back in the lineup early in the second half against Baltimore, he started a four-game streak with a quarterback rating over 100, a strong streak in Miami’s seven-game winning streak. which followed a seven-game losing streak. Tagovailoa, however, couldn’t replicate that same success in the final four weeks of the season, including an ugly outing in the rain and cold of Nashville for a 34-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans that ultimately ended. eliminated the Dolphins from the playoffs.

Ross, in his Monday comments amid the split with Flores, said the quarterback’s decisions played “no role.”

“I have great faith in Tua. The next head coach will work with him – or anyone else,” Ross said. “I’ve seen him grow. I think he’s a good young man.

Ross then added that he had “no intention” of restarting trade talks for Watson.

During the Dolphins’ pursuit of Watson, which earned them a trade at the Nov. 2 trade deadline, Flores continually reiterated “Tua is our quarterback” and deflected questions about the rumors and reports of Miami’s interest in Watson.

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier spoke the day after the deadline and explained the organization’s reasoning behind exploring Watson’s trade opportunities: “If there is an available player in the league who is considered one of the best players in the league at any position, you look and try to go for it.

Some of the Dolphins coaching candidates they’ve scheduled interviews for appear to be happy with the idea of ​​building around and developing Tagovailoa. Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll coached Tagovailoa in his freshman college season at Alabama. Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, like Tagovailoa, was an undersized left-handed quarterback who played in college at Boise State but was a career backup as an undrafted player in the NFL.

The Dolphins, according to ESPN, plan to interview Daboll and Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Sunday after Buffalo’s Saturday night playoff game against the New England Patriots.

The other candidates they are looking to interview, starting Saturday, are Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and coach Los Angeles Rams running back/assistant head coach Thomas Brown.

Sport News | Dolphins should stay with Tua Tagovailoa, no longer pursue Deshaun Watson – The Denver Post


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