Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he was "heartbroken" after coach Brian Flores told him about the decision to bench him and instead start rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa going forward. Fitzpatrick, 37, started the first six games of the season for the Dolphins and performed very well through the six games as Miami own a 3-3 after coming off back-to-back wins over the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, respectively.
In Week 5, Fitzpatrick led the Dolphins to a shock 43-17 over the 49ers, before he led his team to a 24-0 win over the Jets this past Sunday. The decision to bench Fitzpatrick now after two great performances and start 2020 No.
5 pick Tagovailoa came as a bit of a surprise. "I was shocked by it. It definitely caught me off guard. It was a hard thing for me to hear yesterday, just kind of digesting the news. My heart just hurt all day. It was heartbreaking for me," Fitzpatrick said, per ESPN.
"Flo kind of said what he said and said what he said to you guys as well, and that's the decision and the direction that the organization is going in."
Fitzpatrick knew it was going to eventually happen
The Dolphins used their No.
5 pick to select Tagovailoa in this past NFL draft and they hope he will become their franchise quarterback. "Obviously we've talked in the past, me and you guys, about how I'm the placeholder and this eventually was going to happen," Fitzpatrick added.
"It was just a matter of kind of when, not if. It still just ... it broke my heart yesterday. It's a tough thing for me to hear and to now have to deal with, but I'm going to do my best with it." Fitzpatrick admitted it also hurt because he now doesn't know what the future holds for him.
"There was a lot of stuff going through my mind yesterday, just from a personal standpoint, not necessarily with the team," Fitzpatrick said. "Is this it? Like, was that my last game as an NFL player in terms of being the starter and going out there and playing?" Meanwhile, Tagovailoa showed his love and respect for Fitzpatrick.
"Although it hurts me in a way to see Fitz hurt, I'm just very, very lucky to have someone like Fitz in my corner, regardless of the situation we're in right now," Tagovailoa said. "I hate to say it like this, but it is like this: It's like a father-and-son thing."