The last time Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa spoke to the media, he was as open and confident as he has been in his more than two years in the NFL.
After criticizing his critics in that interview session during the mandatory minicamp in early June, Tagovailoa retained the tone that appeared on new star teammate and wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s podcast, “It Needs to Be Said”. .
“The thing I don’t want people to turn to: I’m very polite, but don’t let that [come across as] I can’t believe myself because I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Tagovailoa announced on a podcast released late Thursday.
Tagovailoa has expressed himself more freely this off-season, a possible byproduct of Hill and new Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel making a concerted effort to instill confidence in the young quarterback in his third professional season. This is in stark contrast to Tagovailoa’s apparent pressure under previous Dolphins coach Brian Flores.
Among Hill’s comments this season, he considered Tagovailoa a more accurate passer than his former quarterback with Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes at the start of his podcast. His take sparked a week of commentary and criticism from national media outlets – and even death threats from fans. In the latest episode, Hill introduced Tagovailoa as “the most accurate quarterback in the NFL”.
Tagovailoa is fairly modest on and off the field, but he elaborated on how he found himself too animated to combat trash talkers in college when he played for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
“When I was in Alabama, I wasn’t much of a talker,” he said, “so when I heard people talking, there was this kind of perception, ‘Well, I feel like I’m a mute. I am the killer, so I am now going after this man.’ And then you go after that and they start arguing with other people, but you know, it’s just for your clarity, ‘I started it. That’s what you get.'”
Tagovailoa touched on working with his new elite pass catcher, Hill, to develop his chemistry, and he took yet another blow at critics in analyzing it.
“I don’t think it’s good enough. I’ve choked him so many times,” Tagovailoa quipped sarcastically. “He’s talking to people about how I can’t throw a deep ball.”
Hill said: “I think our chemistry will get there. It’s going to be around 2 a.m. one night. You’re about to wake up. You’ll walk into your kitchen. I’m going to wash your dishes there. How good is our chemistry.” going to happen.”
The two shared an anecdote from the beginning of organized team activities. Tagovailoa mentions being together for the throw, and Hill prompts Tagovailoa to take the lead instead of asking what worked for everyone else.
,[Hill] Said, ‘You tell us,'” Tagovailoa recalled, “and I said, ‘What do you think would be best?’ He said, ‘Wait, wait. Man, you know you’re the quarterback?’
“‘Yeah, I know I’m the quarterback. I’m trying to figure out what it feels like to be in the receiver room.’ He said, “No. You tell us where to go. We are all going there.” That’s where we started.”
Tagovailoa said he found it admirable how, although Hill is an established star in the NFL, he is willing to listen to young players’ perspectives and learn from what other players have taken.
Tagovailoa admitted that he was first star-struck when Dolphins legend Dan Marino was viewed as a rookie in team facilities, something that became common in frequent position meetings with Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Is.
“You don’t want to show feelings of, ‘Man, this is Dan Marino in the room with us.’ You don’t want to do that,” said Tagovailoa. “You want to be a professional. It was real to me when Dan started calling my name. I’m like, ‘Look, he said you. Tua came out of Dan’s mouth.’ Dan Marino, I wasn’t even born when Dan was doing what he was doing.”
Tagovailoa described how his experience in Alabama and the competitive environment in the same quarterback room with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hirts and New England Patriots Mack Jones helped shape him. What stood out to them was how, despite the positional competition, all three were willing to help each other.
,[Hurts] was already established, and for me and Mac to come, he was able to take us under his wing, I thought that was cool,” Tagovailoa said. “We all helped each other grow as players, and that way helped the team as well. Because you knew it wasn’t easy when you were going against the second or third team.
Dolphins report for training camp on 26 July.