Ryan Fitzpatrick was impressed by Terrick Hill’s influence as well as how Tua Tagoviloa looked to complete so many deep passes early in the season.
“The most amazing thing to me and the one thing I can’t wait to see continues,” Fitzpatrick said on Tuesday. “Some of those balls on the field. You know, a lot of the discussion was about the fact that he can’t throw them away. He did in some big moments.”
Fitzpatrick is a former Dolphins player who is now an analyst for Amazon Prime Video’s coverage of Thursday’s game in Miami in Cincinnati.
As a player and now an analyst, Fitzpatrick is outspoken.
Several times on a Zoom call with members of the media in Miami, Fitzpatrick cited what he believes is the positive impact of coach Mike McDaniel’s approach to Twa as opposed to former coach Brian Flores.
“(McDaniel) is all about preaching confidence to a man and building him up, rather than trying to break him,” Fitzpatrick said. “And I think that has translated really well, so far in the field.”
Fitzpatrick, who has just played for Miami in the 2020 junior season, basically indicated that Flores really believes in intense love and intense mental challenge and that he may have added too much pressure.
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Fitzpatrick suggested that McDaniel’s method fits in well with Twa.
“I really think a lot of that early success, is the way he’s coached and the relationship he has with the head coach,” Fitzpatrick said. “Because I think that was a huge sticking point and something that was difficult for him in the first few years.
“And I don’t want to speak for him. But I’m sure it’s clear to everyone the way Mike McDaniel came in and just hugged and made sure he knew he was the guy and that he was loved and that they’re on the same team, trying to achieve success together.” I think that was really helpful for his mentality.”
Fitzpatrick sees Tua more confident. Fitzpatrick sees McDaniel’s offensive scheme that enables explosive play and creates advantages through movement and dedication to the running game.
The longtime NFL quarterback praises Tua’s accuracy and timing. So what does it take for Tua to routinely join dynamic AFC callers like Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Joe Borough, Justin Herbert and Deshaun Watson?
“The most important thing is just consistency, which is tough, and it’s something I’ve been chasing throughout my career,” Fitzpatrick admitted. “He’ll find that consistency, because now we’ve seen him do it, we’ve seen him do it at the highest level.”
Fitzpatrick noted that after the quarterback’s pass for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns, the opposing defensive coordinators would spend a lot of time trying to figure out ways to exploit the Miami quarterback and attack. How can they force Tua into more plays that might exploit potential weaknesses?
What’s next for Tua?
“It would be up to him,” Fitzpatrick said. “And he can process those decisions and make them fast enough, and be consistent enough with his decision making. That will lead to success, not just playing, but games, and then, you know, putting them together so that would be the biggest thing for him. It is, you know, something that will only last with experience.”
Flores was fired by Miami despite an overall record of 19-14 in 2020 and 21. Flores, even in the so-called 2019 season, really wanted to win and that’s why he went to Fitzpatrick in some late positions in 2020.
“There was the Denver game I was in in the fourth quarter, and there was the Las Vegas game, and I was in the fourth,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think that was kind of the coach’s acknowledgment that there were certain aspects of (Toa’s) game that weren’t ready yet, because he was young in terms of two minutes of training and being able to do some of those things efficiently.
“But he’s so talented, and it’s time to get him into the field and make them learn. And so I thought he (Twa) did a great job that year, because that wasn’t easy. Showing up to work every day had a smile on his face. And so, after I left, she was there. Some of the things that got a lot more raucous with that relationship. I just think it was very refreshing when Mike came in. To have a coach in Mike, that, you know, felt like you were both on the same page on the same team trying to go in the same direction”
Fitzpatrick said he really enjoyed watching Tua grow and develop. And he’s looking forward to visiting with McDaniel, who sees he doesn’t have a lot of ego but a lot of character and confidence.
“He seems very comfortable with who he is,” Fitzpatrick said.