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Mike McDaniel equates Tua Tagovailoa’s growth to learning a foreign language and now “owns the language”

Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass at Dolphins practice
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Local media, fans, and the coaching staff in Miami (Fla.) are excited about the Dolphins offense.

Tua Tagovailoa enters year two as Miami’s starting quarterback and feels this team can be “scary” if everyone stays healthy.

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Miami opened training camp Wednesday, and head coach Mike McDaniel discussed Tagovailoa’s growth. He equated his quarterback’s mastering of the offense to learning a foreign language. McDaniel sees Tagovailoa as someone who now “owns the language” and is prepared to take the Dolphins to another level. He was performing well last season before injuries occurred.

Video of Mike McDaniel’s press conference comes via Josh Houtz of The Phinsider

“When you are learning a foreign language, you have to translate it in your head,” McDaniel said.

“Then, at some point in time when you are fluent enough, you can think in terms of that language. Last year, Tua … We put a lot on the quarterbacks in how to communicate, being in charge of everything, and he was speaking a foreign language. He did it at a pretty high level. This year, he owns the language and that manifests everything.”

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McDaniel said Tagovailoa’s authority in the offense has grown. His teammates believe in the play calls he makes, and they execute them. The players have full trust that Tagovailoa will get them into the right plays, formations, and situations in games.

“There were so many things we asked Tua to do last year,” McDaniel said. “It was a first for him, and to his credit, he was able to do a lot of cool things.”

McDaniel said Tagovailoa had a “tremendous offseason” and is ready to take his game to another level.

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