Dolphins’ Mike McDaniel praises Tua Tagovailoa’s season, says field success ‘no surprise’

More than half of the NFL season is now in the past, and quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Dolphins have enjoyed a mostly successful run so far.

Dolphins 6-3 are competing for the East Asian title. Tagoviloa has been effective this year and leads the league with a rating of 115.9 passes. Despite missing two games with a head injury, Tagovailoa has 15 touchdown passes per season.

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Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel speaks with the Miami Dolphins, Toa Tagovailoa, #1, during a stop in play in the game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. , Florida.
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Since returning to the field from a concussion in week seven, he has completed just over 70% of his passes and has not made any interceptions.

He’s also delivered the ball to the recipients quickly since his comeback and has only been sent off twice.

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When asked about the quarterback’s performance this year, head coach Mike McDaniel did not hesitate to praise him and noted that Tagovailoa is handling success well.

“Do you suspect he’s handling it well? Let’s motivate that guy,” McDaniel said sarcastically. “You have a feeling for people when you predict uncharted territory. You don’t quite know, but you feel like you do.”

Tua Tagovailoa, #1 of the Miami Dolphins, hands the ball to Chase Edmonds, #2, during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Tua Tagovailoa, #1 of the Miami Dolphins, hands the ball to Chase Edmonds, #2, during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium on October 23, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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McDaniel went on to say that Tagoviloa’s production didn’t shock him.

“Anything that happens with him is not a surprise to me. It would have been a surprise if it hadn’t happened, just because the day-to-day work I watch and the work that his teammates do and how his relationship is with them and all that.

“But it doesn’t surprise me how he handled success because he literally has no distinction since we first started, before the first game and the training camp and the OTAs. And that’s great. That’s what I would have guessed.”

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Mike McDaniel, head coach of the Miami Dolphins, speaks to Toa Tagovailoa, No. 1, during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Baltimore.

Mike McDaniel, head coach of the Miami Dolphins, speaks to Toa Tagovailoa, No. 1, during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Baltimore.
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McDaniel added that he was pleased to see the payoff.

“[H]”He knows exactly who he is,” McDaniel said. He knows exactly what he has to do to do his part of the job well. He does not deviate from it at all. Very cool and good to see, but not surprising in the least.”

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Tagovailoa’s next test will take place on Sunday when the Dolphins host the Cleveland Browns.

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