Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa admitted that he wasn't really comfortable with calling plays last season but that should not be a problem going forward. Tagovailoa, who was selected at No. 5 by the Dolphins in the 2020 NFL draft, replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting quarterback mid-season.
Fitzpatrick showed glimpses of his talent but he was inconsistent and there was games where he was benched for veteran quarterback Fitzpatrick. As Fitzpatrick is now gone, Tagovailoa if officially No. 1 quarterback in Miami.
"Last year, for me, I wasn't as comfortable just in general. I wasn't comfortable calling plays," Tagovailoa said, per ESPM. "The guys that were here last year were phenomenal. I just didn't have the comfortability of checking plays, alerting plays.
I just rode with the play, even if I knew it wasn't going to work. I was going to try to make it work. "I didn't actually know the playbook, necessarily, really, really good, and that's no one else's fault but my fault.
Our playcalls were simple when I was in. I didn't have alerts and checks. Where now, I feel comfortable and I can maneuver my way through these things."
Tagovailoa feeling healthy
"Coming into this year, throwing isn't as much arm this year as it was last year," Tagovailoa said.
"It's using everything, using my legs, using my core and my arms just following. Very similar to golf." Earlier this offseason, it was reported that the Dolphins would be willing to trade Tagovailoa and draft assets to acquire Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
"He's dealt with people saying stupid, uneducated stuff about him that they're not right about," Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki said. "So he's dealing with that, and he's continuing to work and continuing to come in here each and every day, and I'm happy that he's our quarterback.
"The problem with the criticism is there's nothing behind it. The kid came in here, and people were already calling for him. He played nine games, and he did a lot of really good things for us, stepped up in big situations, made plays and I think got better each and every week, and now everybody's talking about his confidence and how he looks this year.
Obviously, we've had a couple of walk-throughs and all kind of stuff. It still looks good. He's been working hard and investing a lot of time into this season, so I'm excited for his future."