More than half of the NFL season is now in the past, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins have had a pretty successful streak so far.
The Dolphins are 6-3 and in contention for the AFC East title. Tagovailoa has been efficient this year and leads the league with a passer rating of 115.9. Despite missing two games with a head injury, Tagovailoa has 15 touchdown passes this season.
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Since returning to the field after the Week 7 concussion, he’s completed just over 70% of his passes and hasn’t thrown any interceptions.
He’s also delivered the ball to receivers quickly since returning and has only been sacked twice.
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When head coach Mike McDaniel was asked about the quarterback’s performance this year, he was quick to offer his praise and noted that Tagovailoa is handling success well.
“Do you doubt he’s doing well? Let’s motivate this guy,” joked McDaniel wryly. “You just get a feeling about people when you foresee uncharted territory. You don’t quite know, but you feel like you know.”
McDaniel went on to say that Tagovailoa’s production did not shock him.
“Everything that happens with him is not a surprise to me. It would have been a surprise if it wasn’t, just because the daily work that I witness and the work that his teammates do and how his relationship is with them and all that.
“But it doesn’t surprise me the way he’s handled success, because it’s literally made no distinction from the start of our work, before the first game, training camp and OTAs. And that’s great . That’s what I would have guessed.”
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McDaniel added that he was thrilled to see the win.
“[H]”We know exactly who he is,” McDaniel said. “He knows exactly what he needs to do to do his part of his job well. And he does not deviate from it at all. Very cool and good to see, but not surprising at all.”
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Tagovailoa’s next test is on Sunday when the Dolphins host the Cleveland Browns.
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