Brian Flores faced a lot of questions today at his press conference about the QB situation. A summary of what he said can be found here: https://www.yahoo.com/news/everything-dolphins-brian-flores-said-191348154.html
First, let me say that I don’t mind holding off on Tua. Like most people, I’d like to see what he can do, but there is no need to rush it. Second, Chan Gailey’s play calling yesterday, plus some inept decisions by Flores, hurt us just as bad as anything Fitzpatrick did. How many times did we have to watch a handoff straight up the middle, for example, go for two yards?
All that being said, I do not like the way Flores answers these questions. “If Tua were my son, I wouldn’t want the coach to throw him in there.” Okay, there you have it. I know Flores has two young boys and the paternal instinct is there. But Tua is not his son. He is an adult. He is also an elite professional athlete who is better than our current starter. I’d prefer Flores say he is not ready. Say he’s not good enough. Say the hip is still damaged. But do not say “If I were his father…” Could you imagine your own boss saying that about you?
“If we feel like he’s ready to go in, we’ll put him in.” Perhaps the knee injury is worse than we thought or perhaps Tua’s understanding of the offense isn’t good. Either way, Flores’s statement implies that he’s not ready. That could be troubling, or it could be a just a figure of speech.
Next up is the 49ers, an up and down team that has been down the past few weeks without their QB. They are beatable if Jimmy Garapolo doesn’t play, and formidable if he does play. Might not be the best time to start Tua–if Flores is considering it at all. I think he’ll stick with Fitzpatrick and play him the entire game. Not a horrible choice, since we’re still in a rebuild mode and seeing the younger players develop is more important than a meaningless win against a last-place NFC opponent.
In other news, the Texans have fired coach Bill O’Brien. Let’s hope the team goes into full tank and rebuild mode starting right now, since we own their first two picks!