- McDaniel said that the entire team deserves credit for their success, not just Tua
- The Dolphins have been flying high with Tua at QB, cruising to a 5-1 record
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Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel got angry at a reporter after being asked if any quarterback could succeed in the team’s offensive system – not just current starter Tua Tagovailoa.
It carries the suggestion that Tua is a ‘system quarterback’ – a critique often used to say that a QB is only good because of the coach they play under rather than their own talent.
The question seemed to irk McDaniel, who began his response by telling the room that he was ‘about to push this podium over’ before launching into his answer.
‘My answer to that would be who the F cares?,’ the coach told reporters. ‘Because it is a team – we’re working together.
‘And I know one thing, I’ve coached stuff a long time. I haven’t seen people do what our guys do in a lot of experiences – to their credit, to their ability and their commitment to their craft.
Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel rejected the idea that QB Tua Tagovailoa is a ‘system quarterback’
The Dolphins have been flying high with Tagovailoa at quarterback, cruising to a 5-1 record
With Tua at the helm, he leads the league in passing yards and shares the lead for passing TDs
‘As a teammate we’re all dependent on each other and, you know, I’m not in any hurry to prove myself without those guys – because those are part of who we are.
‘And to try to say it’s this person or that person is kind of missing the point. It is a team working together, people working together and myself, Tyreek Hill, Tua – cool, what if no one’s blocking anyone? You know what I mean?
‘Like we’re all connected in that way. That’s why I think a lot of the guys Tua’s success is their success. Tyreek’s success, Waddle’s, Raheem’s, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
‘We’re all tied together. It’s a journey that we’re experiencing together. Somebody will get the statistics from it. But none of those statistics are worth anything if you don’t have full support from your players across the board, all eleven and then it goes down to the organization and all those things combined.
‘But I know our players run a lot of plays that I have a lot of history with and it looks different. And that’s because of hard earned work and unbelievable ability. Don’t try me on other players. I’m not trying to prove that.’
The Dolphins have seen incredible success – one of five teams in the league with a 5-1 record and currently leading the AFC East division.
Tagovailoa has looked like a bonafide MVP candidate this season – leading the league in passing yards and tied with Kirk Cousins for the lead in passing touchdowns.