Given Ryan Fitzpatrick’s awful game yesterday, I saw several articles questioning if it’s time for Tua. My own opinion is it’s not time to start him Sunday against Buffalo. However, it was time to use him yesterday.
Like watching a pitcher struggle, a strong manager must know when it’s time to bring in some relief. A spark. Even simply a change of pace. That time was yesterday. Just for a few series to see. Flores should have brought him Tua in, just like Nick Saban brought him in when Jalen Hurts was playing poorly in Alabama. Same exact scenario: A rookie/freshman with all the skills in the world, but everyone is worried if he knows the plays yet.
Well, two things: 1) They said the same at Alabama when Saban benched his starting QB in the middle of the game and gave Tua a chance.
and 2) Ryan Fitzpatrick DOES know the playbook, and he was awful. Could it be any worse to give Tua a series? Let him hand off three times or something conservative. Whatever it takes.
I think Fitz should start Sunday. Another week of practice, a lot more reps, and a fresh start to the week with consistency at QB. I’m all for that. But if he keeps airmailing all his passes and throws it to the wrong team, THEN you bring in Tua. I wish Flores had the guts to do that yesterday.
So, I was pretty harsh in my critique of the new players, but I will give credit to the new offensive line. The rookies were great. Solomon Kindley at right guard and Austin Jackson at left tackle weren’t perfect, but their pass blocking was outstanding. Their first NFL game ever (including lack of preseason) against a stout NE defense, and they held up. That is encouraging. The run blocking was not as good, but that was Chan Gailey’s fault.
Have you ever seen such basic, vanilla plays? Every single run was up the gut. Zero misdirection. No sweeps. Nothing to confuse the defense. I’m going to give Gailey time to settle in, but like I said for months…this was not the time to get rid of both your offense and your defense coordinators. With a limited training camp, the teams with continuity have an enormous advantage over us. Cam Newton had to learn the Pats offense, but 10 other Pats did not. It’s already second nature to them. Same with the defense.
I hope the Dolphins break their cycle of new coordinators every 2 or 3 years. It destroys continuity, and virtually turns seasoned pros into amateur students. We need coordinators good enough to stick around for a decade or so. Chain Gailey is already 68 years old, and he would not have been my choice. However, I’ll give him a break for this one game, since he was feeling out his men to see who could do what. But if he doesn’t start doing something creative, we’ll soon be in Tank for Trevor mode.