Well, the time has come apparently.
This begins an exciting (we hope) new chapter for the Miami Dolphins. My only concern is the timing of it. Fitzpatrick is the winner of 3 of our last 4 games. He’s played well.* Even on some sub-par throws, the team is winning and having fun around him. Personally, I would wait until he has a dud game and a loss, and THEN make the move.
Don’t bench the hot hand until he goes cold.
Also, I don’t see the need to publicly announce it. Why not make the Rams (next opponent) study Fitzpatrick film extensively, only to be shocked and unprepared when Tua takes the field? It’s a bad decision to tell the Rams. Now they can scheme their whole defense to attack a lefty QB instead of being surprised by it. You’ve given them plenty of time to plan now. Unwise.
Okay, with that out of the way, the time is here! Personally, I’ve been waiting for this moment since they announced his name at the draft and I cheered. (I was terrified we would blow it and select a WR).
It’s gonna be a fun game!
*Although I said Fitz has been playing well, in studying the last few games, there have been some gaps. He’s missing guys here and there, and threw a couple of bad interceptions. Perhaps the staff sees that and wants to know if Tua is an upgrade. I would think so, after he gets the rookie mistakes out of the way.
It’s hard to find fault with a shutout win, but still we only got 3 points in the second half. That’s not good enough. One glaring thing I noticed over and over again lately–and I comment on this a lot in our game-day chats– is that we face a lot of third and short. Third and 3 or third and 4. Gaskin runs well, and puts us in a good position to be in third and short. But, on many of those third and shorts, Fitzpatrick is trying to thread a needle on 10-to-15 yard passes. He NEVER goes to check down for the easy first down.
I think those play calls from Chan Gailey are partially to blame, but I think the gunslinger attitude of Fitz is also to blame. You have to keep the drive alive. Have to treat each and every third down like your season depends on it. Instead, Fitz goes for a bigger play when it’s not necessary. Wanna know why Fitz was 0-for-13 on third down conversions last Sunday…that’s why. And perhaps that’s what cost him his job.**
**More than likely, the plan ALL ALONG was for Tua to take over during our bye week.