The Miami Dolphins' flirtation with other quarterbacks needs to stop. The organization invested the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft on Tua Tagovailoa. The second-year signal-caller is the guy in Miami, and the team finally appears to be coming around to this realization.
"Tua is our quarterback," head coach Brian Flores told reporters Wednesday. "He's had a good training camp, made a lot of progress, made a lot of improvement. We're pleased with where he is."
Flores' comments came after local media pressed him about a report involving the Dolphins' potential interest in trading for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson originally reported the Dolphins emerged as a favorite to acquire Watson in a trade. Because of a trade approval worked into the quarterback's contract, he can determine his ultimate destination, contingent on available interest. However, Miami hasn't been the only team interested. According to Robinson, the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles approached the Texans as well.
As a result of Robinson's reporting, Flores told the team in private that Tagovailoa is "our quarterback," per ESPN's Jeff Darlington.
Here's the problem: The coaching staff can say whatever it likes to place a salve on what could turn into an open wound, but Flores doesn't have the final say in the matter. The NFL is an owners' league, and ownership tends to get what it wants.
In this specific case, Stephen Ross has been a somewhat meddling owner for the last two years.