The final time Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa spoke to the media, he appeared as open and assured as he has been in his two-plus years within the NFL.
After the jabs thrown at his critics in that interview session throughout necessary minicamp in early June, Tagovailoa maintained the identical tone showing on new star teammate and vast receiver Tyreek Hill’s podcast, “It Needed To Be Said.”
“The thing I don’t want people to get twisted: I am very humble, but don’t let that [come across as] me not being confident in myself because I am very confident in myself,” Tagovailoa proclaimed on the podcast launched late Thursday evening.
Tagovailoa has expressed himself extra freely this offseason, a doable byproduct of Hill and new Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel making a concerted effort to instill confidence within the younger quarterback going into his third skilled season. It’s a reversal from the obvious strain Tagovailoa was continuously below whereas led by earlier Dolphins coach Brian Flores.
Among Hill’s feedback this offseason, he famously deemed Tagovailoa a extra correct passer than his former quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes, within the debut of his podcast. His take drew per week’s price of commentary and criticism from nationwide media retailers — and even dying threats from followers. In the newest episode, Hill launched Tagovailoa because the “most accurate quarterback in the NFL.”
Tagovailoa is essentially humble on and off the sector, however he detailed how he began discovering himself get animated to counter trash talkers in school when he performed for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
“I wasn’t much of a talker when I was at Alabama,” he stated, “so when I hear guys talking, kind of the notion was, ‘Okay, I feel like I’m a silent assassin, so I’m going to go after this guy now.’ And then you go after him and they start arguing with other guys, but you know, it’s just for your clarity, ‘I started that. That’s what you get.’”
Tagovailoa touched on working to develop his chemistry along with his new elite cross catcher, Hill, and he threw one other jab at critics in analyzing it.
“I don’t think it’s good enough. I’ve been underthrowing him so many times,” Tagovailoa quipped sarcastically. “He’s got people talking about how I can’t throw the deep ball.”
Said Hill: “I feel like our chemistry will get there. It’s going to be about 2 a.m. one night. You’re going to wake up. You’re going to walk into your kitchen. I’m going to be in there washing your dishes. That’s how good our chemistry is going to be.”
The two shared an anecdote from early in organized workforce actions. Tagovailoa talked about getting collectively to throw, and Hill pushed for Tagovailoa to take extra of a lead as an alternative of asking what labored for everybody else.
“[Hill] said, ‘You let us know,’” Tagovailoa recalled, “and I stated, ‘What do you think will be best?’ He stated, ‘Hold up, hold up. Man, you know you’re the quarterback?’
“‘Yeah, I know I’m the quarterback. I’m trying to get what the feel is in the receiver room.’ He said, ‘No. You tell us where to go. That’s where we’re all going.’ That’s where we started.”
Tagovailoa stated he discovered it admirable how, though Hill is a longtime star within the NFL, he’s prepared to hearken to perspective from youthful gamers and is open to be taught from issues different gamers choose up.
Tagovailoa admitted he was star-struck at first when seeing Dolphins legend Dan Marino in workforce services as a rookie, one thing that has since develop into commonplace with the Hall of Fame quarterback usually in place conferences.
“You don’t want to show the emotions of, ‘Dude, this is Dan Marino in the room with us.’ You don’t want to do that,” Tagovailoa stated. “You want to be a professional. It was surreal for me when Dan started calling my name. I’m like, ‘Look, he said Tua. Tua came out of Dan’s mouth.’ Dan Marino, I wasn’t even born when Dan was doing what he was doing.”
Tagovailoa spoke about how his expertise at Alabama and the aggressive surroundings with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and New England Patriots’ Mac Jones in the identical quarterback room helped form him. What stood out to him is how, regardless of the positional competitors, how the three have been prepared to help one another.
“[Hurts] was established already, and for me and Mac to have come in, him being able to take us under his wing, I thought that was cool,” Tagovailoa stated. “We all helped each other grow as players, and that kind of helped the team out too. Because, you knew when you were going against the second or third team, it wasn’t easy.”
The Dolphins report for coaching camp on July 26.