Now would be the opportune time for the Miami Dolphins to move forward with Tua Tagovailoa. They are 1-3, and Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown for under 200 yards two of the last three weeks. However, the Dolphins announced today that Fitzpatrick will be their starter on Sunday versus the San Francisco 49ers:
Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starter for Week 5 against the 49ers. pic.twitter.com/DxbiFbwxgD
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 6, 2020
While this is not the right move, it’s also not a surprise. On Monday, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said he “would presume” Fitzpatrick would start versus the 49ers. Such vague language indicates that Fitzpatrick is on a short leash. If he is as bad against the 49ers as he was against the Seahawks on Sunday, when he threw no touchdowns and three interceptions, perhaps we see Tagovailoa as a mid-game spark plug. Or, perhaps they could make the switch before their Week 6 matchup against the Broncos.
Make no mistake: The era of rookie quarterbacks waiting a year or more for their shot is over. This year, Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert, a guy the Dolphins passed on at no. 5 to select Tagovailoa, are already performing well at the NFL level. It’s about time to see what Tua can do.