Before Tua Tagovailoa had his first game for Dolphins last Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that one factor that influenced the timing of his move to the starting lineup was the team’s stockpile in the draft. year 2021.
They have Houston’s first and second picks outside of their picks and the Texas picks can end up very high with the team’s starting 1-6 scores. Schefter’s report cites a “source close to Dolphins’ thoughts” as saying that the team wants to know what they have in Tagovailoa because they may want to switch to another defender next year.
Dolphins’ head coach, Brian Flores, responded to that at the press conference on Thursday. Flores said the team believes in “developing players” and says the idea of continuing after 10 games will be “the opposite” of how they want to do business.
“I’m comfortable with what comes from these 10 games,” said Flores, through Joe Schad’s Palm Beach Post. “Ever since I was here, people have heard me talk about the players’ growth. Daily improvement. I don’t understand how someone close to Dolphins thought could see that. And said this will be an audition of 10 games. I’m not sure who or where that came from.
Nothing Flores says will rule out a change in direction next April and former Dolphin Josh Rosen can attest to teams changing pitches in midfield in a hurry. That said, it looks like things will have to take a big turn for the Dolphins to return to good midfield for a second year in a row.