First, there was a debate of where Tua Tagovailoa should be drafted. The former Alabama quarterback ended up going No. 5 overall to the Miami Dolphins.
With his health a lingering question mark, experts are now debating whether or not the Dolphins should, in essence, “redshirt” Tagovailoa in 2020 and let Ryan Fitzpatrick man the offense until Tagovailoa is fully healthy and adjusted to an NFL playbook. Former New England Patriots defender and current ESPN NFL analyst Rob Ninkovich thinks Miami head coach Brian Flores is going to sit Tagovailoa for the year. Ninkovich played for Flores when Flores was an assistant with the Patriots.
He explained his thought process on Monday morning’s Get Up.
“I was with Brian Flores for eight years,” the former New England Patriots defender said. “I would not start him right now, immediately. I was with B-Flo for eight years. He’s a very smart coach, a very smart man. He’s not going to try and push him into a position too quickly. If you are forced into a spot where potentially his hip isn’t 100 percent, you want him to be 100 percent healthy. The game of football is very mental. Confidence goes a long way. If you’re pushed out there too soon and you lose a little bit of that vital confidence, it can affect you. I would think Brian Flores has a great plan in place. He’s going to use a veteran quarterback, and hopefully Tua can learn from the veteran quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick.”
However, some argue, if Tagovailoa is healthy enough to play, he should start due to his career potential and the potential that he gives the Dolphins a better chance to win right away over Fitzpatrick, despite the latter being a long time veteran in the league.