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Miami's Flores Says Tua Isn't Ready To Assume Starting Role

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores walks the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says Tua Tagovailoa needs more time to be groomed for the job he was drafted to fill.

MIAMI: Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says Tua Tagovailoa needs more time to be groomed for the job he was drafted to fill.

As far as him being a starter, we just dont feel like hes ready there just yet, Flores said Wednesday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starter Sunday at San Francisco for the Dolphins, even though they’re 1-3 and lost last week at home to Seattle.

Tagovailoa, considered a potential franchise quarterback, was drafted with the fifth overall pick but has yet to take a snap.

Right now we feel like Fitz gives us the best chance to win, Flores said.

Limited game snaps for Tagovailoa as a backup to speed his development aren’t likely.

I wouldnt be in favor of something like that, Flores said. There are so many things pertaining to the team that you dont want to do something for one specific person.

Tagovailoa has done all the right things since joining the Dolphins in April, Flores said. Like all 2020 rookies, he was hurt by the cancellation of the exhibition season and offseason practices due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He has to keep doing what hes doing, Flores said. Hes working, hes practicing well. Hes learning every day, hes getting better every day. If he just continues to do what hes doing, hes on the right trajectory.

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