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Mike McDaniel looking to ‘get all that greatness’ out of Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass in warmups before facing LA Chargers
Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

After the conclusion of the Dophins 2021 season, Tua Tagovailoa’s future was quite uncertain. After a year where he once again dealt with injuries and inconsistent play questions were beginning to be asked about what his future would be in Miami.

To add to the instability, the Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores after two seasons which has only made several headlines in its own right for a multitude of reasons.

But last week the Dolphins announced the hiring of San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel who had helped quarterback Jimmy Garroppolo conduct the offense to the NFC Championship game this past year. McDaniel previously stated that one of the aspects of the Dolphins which drew him to the job was the opportunity to work with Tagovailoa.

He later doubled down on his statements as NFL Network’s Peter Schrager reported on Good Morning Football, what McDaniel told Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and general manager, Chris Grier.

“I am going to maximize what Tua can do best,” Schrager said paraphrasing McDaniel. “I’m not going to think Tua is going to hold us back.”

McDaniel also spoke with Tagovailoa directly on Tuesday in a video released by the Dolphins proving that he has full faith in the southpaw.

“We’re going to have an extensive professional relationship, my man,” McDaniel said to Tagovailoa. “One thing I know about you is you have the ambition to be great. My job is to coach you, to get all that greatness out of you. And it’s going to be fun, man.

“It’s going to be work, but I know you’re not afraid of that. So this is an awesome day for me and I’m damn sure going to make sure that when you look back on this day, you’re going to be like, ‘Damn, that was was of the best days of my career,’ too. OK? But I’ll earn that from you. You got me.?”

Last season Tagovailoa threw for 2,653 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 68 percent of his passes through 13 games. It was a disappointing 9-8 year, but McDaniel looks to turn that around with Tagovailoa leading the charge.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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