The Miami Dolphins selfprofessed placeholder at quarterback performed like one within the season opener, amplifying questions concerning the groups timetable for turning to rookie Tua Tagovailoa.
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- Last Updated: September 15, 2020, 1:12 AM IST
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MIAMI: The Miami Dolphins self-professed placeholder at quarterback performed like one within the season opener, amplifying questions concerning the groups timetable for turning to rookie Tua Tagovailoa.
But Ryan Fitzpatrick’s play wasn’t the one and even the largest downside in Miami’s 21-11 loss Sunday at New England. He’ll begin once more Sunday within the house opener towards Buffalo, coach Brian Flores stated Monday, quelling for the second any quarterback controversy.
Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions, however the supposed receiver slipped on a kind of performs, and defensive move interference may have been known as on one other. When requested concerning the 16-year veteran’s efficiency, Flores took the broad view.
As a crew weve bought to be higher throughout the board, he stated. There have been some alternatives we didnt benefit from. That consists of the quarterback place. We want higher play from everyone. We want higher teaching. That begins with me.
Fitzpatrick, 37, has acknowledged he’ll finally relinquish the beginning job to Tagovailoa, however the Dolphins need extra time to groom their potential franchise quarterback.
Pass safety within the opener was considerably improved over final 12 months, when Miami allowed an NFL-high 58 sacks. With two rookies up entrance, Fitzpatrick was sacked just one time in 31 move performs.
Those younger guys bought off to a stable begin, Flores stated, nevertheless it’s about consistency on this league.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Flores’ re-tooled protection had a disappointing debut. With six new starters, the Dolphins gave up 217 yards speeding and 29 first downs whereas permitting the Patriots to manage the ball for 35 minutes. Cam Newton accomplished 15 of 19 passes and ran for 75 yards and two scores.
In 2019, Miami allowed a franchise-record 31 factors per recreation, and the Patriots would have approached that rating in the event that they hadn’t misplaced a fumble on the 1.
We will get higher. Im very assured in that, Miami defensive sort out Christian Wilkins stated. Weve bought the fitting guys. Weve bought all we’d like on the defensive facet.
Wilkins was a standout with six tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss, two passes defensed and a quarterback hurry.
Third-round decide Brandon Jones was a shock starter at security and had 10 tackles.
B. Jones is an efficient participant. Hes a quick participant. He will get to the ball, veteran security Bobby McCain stated. Even although hes a rookie, hes a man we need to rely upon, and hes going to must play good.
Newcomer Jordan Howard, acquired to improve the bottom recreation, gained 7 yards in eight carries.
Third-string operating again Myles Gaskin led Miami with 40 yards speeding in 9 carries, and he added 26 yards on 4 catches.
“Myles broke some tackles, Fitzpatrick stated. Not solely within the run recreation, however within the move recreation he made some good performs, in order that was thrilling to see.
Injury-plagued receiver DeVante Parker caught all 4 passes thrown his manner however left the sport within the third quarter due to a sore hamstring and didn’t return. He missed time in preseason due to the identical subject.
Flores stated it’s too early to know whether or not Parker will have the ability to play Sunday.
Eleven newcomers began, together with 4 rookies Jones, defensive sort out Raekwon Davis, left sort out Austin Jackson and proper guard Solomon Kindley.
The protection faces one other difficult matchup Sunday when the Dolphins play their house opener towards the Bills and Josh Allen. Allen threw for 256 yards and ran for 56 because the Bills gained the latest assembly between the 2 groups in November.
We know Josh Allen is an efficient quarterback,” McCain stated. He has bought a robust arm and he is an efficient runner. We must do a greater job of maintaining him in his pocket and maintaining the quarterback runs to a minimal, and attempt to make them one-dimensional.
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