Nov 13, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) celebrates the touchdown of running back quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1)  during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins’ Mike McDaniel returns to face 49ers with in-form offense

A hot offense will get the ultimate test when it meets one of the best defenses in the NFL as the visiting Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers continue their playoff pushes Sunday at Santa Clara, Calif.

The Dolphins (8-3) averaged 34.7 points per game in November, up from their season average of 25.6, as Tua Tagovailoa has emerged from early-season concussion issues with a clear head and precise play.

Miami is riding a five-game winning streak, with a revealing run of three consecutive road games ahead.

The 49ers (7-4) have emerged from their 3-4 start with a vengeance, riding a defense that has allowed an NFL-low 281.7 yards per game while also leading the league with 15.7 points allowed per contest. San Francisco is the only NFL team allowing fewer than 300 yards per game.

That 49ers’ defense not only has to go up against Miami wide receivers Tyreek Hill (87 receptions) and Jaylen Waddle (56 receptions), the game also will be a matchup of Miami head coach Mike McDaniel against his former team. McDaniel was the 49ers’ offensive coordinator last season.

“(McDaniel) is doing a great job with his personnel,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Those two receivers, the speed they have and the good football players they are … and the way that quarterback is playing — Tua is playing at an extremely high level and has been doing it since the preseason.”

While the defense is the 49ers’ engine, the offense still is looking for consistency.

Even with the midseason addition of running back Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco managed just 96 rushing yards and 3.3 yards per carry last Sunday in a victory over the New Orleans Saints, their fourth straight win. The defense made sure it was enough by pitching a 13-0 shutout.

McCaffrey (knee) did not practice Wednesday, while receiver Deebo Samuel (quad) was limited. Shanahan is hopeful McCaffrey will play Sunday, adding that both injuries are residual soreness from the New Orleans game.

The Dolphins enter after a 30-15 home victory over the Houston Texans in which Tagovailoa threw for 299 yards and a touchdown. Hill and Waddle combined for 11 catches and 170 yards. Miami’s defense held Houston to 210 yards, including 36 on the ground.

Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins has been a key component in holding Dolphins opponents to 109.5 yards rushing per game, 10th best in the NFL.

“This is just great football between two teams that haven’t lost in a minute,” McDaniel said. “Generally, when you haven’t lost in a minute, you don’t want to feel that feeling, so there’s a lot of incentive on both sides to make sure that they end up on top.”

After Sunday’s game, the Dolphins will remain in California in advance of a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 11. In a sign of how much attention Miami’s play is starting to earn, that Dolphins-Chargers game was flexed into primetime on “Sunday Night Football.”

“I think you acknowledge it and that’s something that the players should be proud of,” McDaniel said of the added national-TV game. “That means the players have decided that they want to make the most out of all the talent that they have and they’re committed to doing so and it’s a credit to them for sure.”

Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert is expected to be back this week after missing one game due to a knee injury. Mostert played the previous five-plus seasons with the 49ers.

Miami players not participating in practice Wednesday included tackle Terron Armstead (toe/pectoral), running back Myles Gaskin (shoulder/ankle) and offensive lineman Austin Jackson (ankle).

–Field Level Media

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) drops back to ass against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Nov. 27, 2022.

NFL moves Week 14 Dolphins-Chargers game to SNF

NFL Most Valuable Player candidate Tua Tagovailoa and the rising Miami Dolphins will get an extra prime-time showcase, as their Week 14 road game against the Los Angeles Chargers was moved to the “Sunday Night Football” slot.

The move was announced Tuesday as part of the NFL’s flex scheduling plan. The league reserves the right to replace the Sunday night games late in the season in favor of a better matchup.

In this case, the Dec. 11 Dolphins-Chargers game will get the 8:20 p.m. ET position on NBC, trading places with that day’s Kansas City Chiefs-at-Denver Broncos contest, which will now air on CBS at 4:05 p.m. ET.

The Dolphins (8-3) have an 8-0 record in games that Tagovailoa has started and finished. Tagovailoa was carted off from the field during Miami’s 27-15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 29, and the Dolphins dropped the next two games without him.

Tagovailoa has thrown for 2,564 yards and 19 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He is the third favorite for MVP at DraftKings with +500 odds, trailing just Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (-160) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (+350).

FanDuel has Mahomes at -140, Hurts at +350 and Tagovailoa at +600.

The Chargers (6-5) are just one win out of a playoff position after pulling out a 25-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the last minute on Sunday.

The Chiefs (9-2) own the best record in the AFC, but their matchup against the Broncos became less appealing with Denver sitting at 3-8 and riding a three-game losing streak.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Terron Armstead (72) and Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) talk to teammates prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins LT Terron Armstead (pec) out Week 13, will return in ’22

Miami Dolphins left tackle Terron Armstead is out for a few weeks with a torn pectoral muscle, but there are no plans to place him on injured reserve.

Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Armstead, who was hurt in Sunday’s game, could be back in a few weeks.

“Wouldn’t put that past him. Gathering information, seeking specialists and letting information settle so information can be a little more concrete,” McDaniel said. “Considering treatment options.”

Armstead won’t play this week against the San Francisco 49ers. Beyond that, the picture is not clear for the Miami offensive line.

The leading Pro Bowl vote-getter in the AFC at left tackle, Armstead will play “again this season,” McDaniel said. But the Dolphins won’t determine how soon he could be back without hearing from medical experts.

Armstead in his first season with Miami after making the Pro Bowl three times during nine seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) celebrates his touchdown pass to tight end Durham Smythe (not pictured) during the first half against the Houston Texans at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa and Miami defense overwhelm Texans

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 299 yards and a score and the Miami Dolphins’ defense turned two turnovers into first-half touchdowns in a 30-15 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Dolphins (8-3) led 30-0 by halftime — their largest since building a 41-0 halftime lead against Houston on Oct. 25, 2015 — and won their fifth consecutive game.

Miami moved back into a first-place tie with the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East. The Dolphins hold the tiebreaker thanks to a win on Sept. 25 against the Bills. The teams will play again in Buffalo in Week 15.

The Texans (1-9-1) entered the game with the NFL’s worst record and hoped for a better outcome after switching from second-year starter Davis Mills to Kyle Allen at quarterback.

Allen completed 26 of 39 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, but threw two interceptions and finished with a 67.8 passer rating in his first start for the Texans. He was sacked five times.

Dolphins linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel intercepted Allen with 12:38 left in the second quarter and returned it to the Texans’ 3-yard line. The giveaway set up a touchdown run on the next play by Jeff Wilson.

Two drives later, Dolphins safety Eric Rowe forced a fumble by Texans tight end Jordan Akins, allowing Xavien Howard to recover it and return it 16 yards for a touchdown to give the Dolphins a 27-0 lead with five minutes left in the second quarter.

Miami’s offense was effective until left tackle Terron Armstead was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a pectoral injury. Tagovailoa was sacked four times and was removed after two drives in the second half with Miami ahead 30-6.

Houston’s defense, led by Maliek Collins (two sacks), recorded five sacks overall.

Allen connected with Akins on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 12:46 left in the fourth quarter to get within 30-12, but the two-point conversion pass failed.

Ka’imi Fairbairn completed the scoring for Houston with a 28-yard field goal with 9:00 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Martin Emerson Jr. (23) attempts to tackle Miami Dolphins running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (23) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins power past Browns to extend winning streak

Jeff Wilson led a potent rushing attack with 119 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries as the host Miami Dolphins crushed the Cleveland Browns 39-17 on Sunday afternoon at Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Dolphins (7-3) head into their bye week on a four-game winning streak after shutting down one of the NFL’s best running games.

The Browns (3-6) finished with 112 yards on the ground, but most of that came when Nick Chubb broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a 33-yard touchdown that cut Miami’s lead to 30-17 with 13:09 remaining in the game.

Chubb finished with 63 yards on 11 carries but was held under 100 yards for the fourth time this season. Miami has not allowed a 100-yard rushing game this season.

Raheem Mostert added 65 yards and a touchdown on eight carries for the Dolphins, who totaled 491 total yards, with 195 of those on the ground.

As Dolphins fans chanted “M-V-P, M-V-P,” quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 25 of 32 passes for 285 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 135.0 passer rating.

Tyreek Hill caught five passes for 44 yards and one of those touchdowns, while Trent Sherfield caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Fullback Alec Ingold caught the other Tagovailoa touchdown pass. Miami’s Jaylen Waddle added four catches for 66 yards.

It was the first game in which the Dolphins did not attempt a punt since 2003.

Cleveland starter Jacoby Brissett, Tagovailoa’s backup last season in Miami, completed 22 of 35 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Donovan Peoples-Jones led all Browns receivers with five catches for 99 yards.

The Dolphins’ defense recorded three sacks as Christian Wilkins and Melvin Ingram each had one.

On the injury front, Dolphins’ defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (elbow) and Keion Crossen (shoulder) both left the game in the first half and did not return.

Cleveland safety D’Anthony Bell (concussion) exited the game in the first half and did not return.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins bring 3-game win streak into tussle vs. Browns

The Miami Dolphins seek to keep their recent stretch of success going while their opponent, the Cleveland Browns, are trying to win a second consecutive game for the first time this season.

The Dolphins host the Browns on Sunday at Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Dolphins (6-3) have won three in a row since starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned from a concussion. The Browns (3-5) snapped a four-game losing streak with a convincing 32-13 victory over Cincinnati before getting the chance to rest up during their bye last week.

Miami has won all six games this season that Tagovailoa has started and finished.

Tagovailoa leads the NFL with a 115.9 passer rating and 9.2 yards per pass attempt. He’s tied for fifth with 15 touchdown passes, despite missing two starts and more than half of his start Sept. 29 in Cincinnati when he suffered said concussion.

“Anything that’s happening with him isn’t a surprise to me,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Wednesday.

Someone who saw Tagovailoa up close before his breakout season is Browns starter Jacoby Brissett, who backed him up in Miami last year. Brissett appeared in 11 games, including five starts and went 2-3.

This season, Brissett has done a solid job as starter as Cleveland awaits Deshaun Watson’s return from suspension, which is expected in Week 13.

Brissett had arguably his best start in Cleveland against the Bengals on Halloween night, completing 17 of 22 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown while also running for a touchdown.

Brissett said he holds no hard feelings for the Dolphins, who released him after last season.

“They didn’t do anything wrong to me, so,” Brissett told reporters Wednesday. “I’m a little too old to hold grudges if they did. But nah, it’s not my style.”

The Dolphins have been yielding plenty of yards and points, however, and will be tested by the NFL’s third-best running attack in terms of yards per game (164.6). The Browns are led by the tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Chubb is second only to Derrick Henry in rushing yards per game (105.1) and leads the league in rushing touchdowns, with 10.

There could be a collision between cousins Nick Chubb and newly acquired Dolphins linebacker Bradley Chubb at some point during Sunday’s contest as well. McDaniel said he expects Bradley Chubb to continue to have an increased role as he gets more acclimated with the team’s defensive scheme.

The Dolphins are ranked 15th in rushing yardage allowed per game this season, although that number is skewed since some of that came against opposing quarterbacks. Bears starter Justin Fields ran for 178 yards last week and Miami allowed 119 yards rushing to Lamar Jackson in Week 2.

The Dolphins have not allowed a running back to eclipse the 100-yard mark in a game this season, with the closest being the Jets’ Breece Hall (97 yards). Seventy-nine of those yards came on one explosive play.

Myles Garrett had 1.5 sacks against the Bengals and has sacks in three consecutive games. He and linebackers Sione Takitaki and Deion Jones, who each also had a sack in Week 8, will match up against a Dolphins’ offensive line that has allowed only two sacks since Tagovailoa’s return.

The Dolphins had three players who did not practice due to injury Wednesday — T Terron Armstead (toe), T Austin Jackson (ankle/calf) and TE Hunter Long (concussion). TE Tanner Conner (knee), WR River Cracraft (illness), DT Raekwon Davis (knee) and TE Durham Smythe (hamstring) were limited.

The Browns had four players who did not practice due to injury — CB Martin Emerson (illness), TE David Njoku (ankle), LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (knee) and DT Perrion Winfrey (illness). T Jack Conklin (foot), CB Greg Newsome II (oblique), G Wyatt Teller (calf) and CB Denzel Ward (concussion) were limited.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) makes a pass after avoiding a sack in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa outduels Justin Fields as Dolphins edge Bears

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns and Tyreek Hill had 143 receiving yards and a score as the visiting Miami Dolphins defeated the Chicago Bears 35-32 on Sunday afternoon.

Miami (6-3) notched its third straight victory since Tagovailoa returned from a concussion. Despite a standout effort from quarterback Justin Fields — who passed for three touchdowns, ran for another and accounted for 301 yards of total offense — the Bears lost for the fifth time in six games.

Fields rushed for 178 yards, breaking Michael Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a regular-season game.

Chicago (3-6) finished with 252 yards on the ground. David Montgomery followed Fields with 36 rushing yards as the Bears joined the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers as the only franchises in the Super Bowl era to run for 225-plus yards in four straight games.

Fields scored on a 61-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter, then completed a two-point conversion pass to cut Chicago’s deficit to 28-25.

Cole Kmet had five catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns, with the second of those drawing the Bears to within 35-32 with 11:38 remaining. Miami followed with its second turnover on downs inside Chicago territory, but it regrouped to force a Bears punt. Chicago had another chance in the closing minutes but turned the ball over on downs near midfield.

Tagovailoa completed 21 of 30 passes while connecting with Hill, Jaylen Waddle and recent acquisition Jeff Wilson for touchdowns.

Chicago and Miami each scored on their first two drives, which the Dolphins’ pair of touchdowns eclipsing a touchdown and field goal for the Bears.

As the Bears prepared to punt on their third drive, Jaelan Phillips burst through the line to block Trenton Gill’s kick, and Andrew Van Ginkel recovered, racing 25 yards for a touchdown and a 21-10 Dolphins lead.

The Bears rebounded, however, responding with a 12-play, 75-yard yard scoring drive punctuated by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Darnell Mooney. The game entered halftime with Miami ahead 21-17 after Jason Sanders missed a 29-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the second quarter.

Waddle caught an 18-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the third quarter and Wilson scored on a 10-yard reception after Fields’ 61-yarder.

Fields became the first player in league history with three passing touchdowns and at least 140 rushing yards in the same game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) gestures after a play in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins, new LB Bradley Chubb finalize $119M deal

Outside linebacker Bradley Chubb changed addresses on Tuesday and the newest member of the Miami Dolphins received a $111.25 million door prize on Thursday, agreeing to a five-year deal with $63.2 million guaranteed.

The contract doesn’t account for the $7.75 million remaining on Chubb’s rookie contract, which became the obligation of the Dolphins when Miami acquired the pass rusher Tuesday. All told, the Chubb contract has value of $119 million.

According to Chubb’s agents, the contract was part of the conversations that began two weeks ago between Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and Denver Broncos general manager George Paton.

Miami shipped a first-round pick in 2023, originally acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in the Trey Lance draft bonanza, to the Broncos for Chubb hours before the trade deadline Tuesday. The Dolphins also sent running back Chase Edmonds and a fourth-round pick of the 2024 NFL Draft to Denver for a 2025 fifth-round selection.

Chubb, 26, is two years removed from a torn ACL and led the Broncos with 5.5 sacks this season.

Grier said Wednesday he researched recovery and performance of pass rushers from similar injuries. That data combined with universal praise from past and present coaches for Chubb’s professionalism and work ethic fed the motive to move on Chubb now rather than wait for free agency bidding in March.

Miami has only 15 sacks this season and is in the bottom four in the NFL in most pass defense categories despite what head coach Mike McDaniel referred to as a “loaded” secondary.

Chubb was on the field with the Dolphins at Wednesday’s practice along with running back Jeff Wilson, who was the 49ers’ leading rusher this season. But Wilson became expendable when San Francisco acquired Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers.

Wilson knows the McDaniel system well. McDaniel, Rams coach Sean McVay and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan are former assistants of the Washington NFL franchise and McDaniel was offensive coordinator in San Francisco before he landed his first head-coaching job with the Dolphins.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins bring win-now feeling into matchup vs. Bears

Separate trade deadline deals for linebacker Bradley Chubb of Denver and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. of San Francisco have sent the Miami Dolphins’ outlook skyrocketing.

“The window is now for this team,” wide receiver Tyreek Hill said.

Added quarterback Tua Tagovailoa: “We’re not afraid to talk about Super Bowls here.”

Miami will aim to keep the good vibes intact Sunday as the Dolphins officially pass the midway point of the season with a visit to the Chicago Bears, who sold various valuable pieces at the deadline amid a new regime and rebuild.

The Dolphins (5-3) are trying to match the three-game winning streak they used to start the season before a three-game slide seemingly brought expectations back to Earth.

Miami is coming off a 31-27, come-from-behind road victory against Chicago’s NFC North counterpart, the Detroit Lions. After trailing 27-17 at halftime, Miami pulled ahead with two touchdowns in the third quarter.

Tagovailoa capped the rally with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki. Jaylen Waddle snagged a pair of touchdown passes as part of an eight-catch, 106-yard day, while Hill had 12 receptions for 188 yards.

Chicago, naturally, is bracing itself. The Bears (3-5) allowed 442 total yards during Sunday’s 49-29 loss at Dallas, including 242 through the air.

Now the team braces for a jelling Miami attack without linebacker Roquan Smith, shopped this week to Baltimore. Smith leads the NFL with 83 tackles. In what Chicago hopes isn’t a harbinger to its matchup with the Dolphins, however, defensive backs Eddie Jackson (11) and Jaquan Brisker (nine) were the team’s top tacklers against Dallas. Jackson (hip) was limited in practice to begin the week.

As for the loss of Smith?

“You have a Pro Bowl player that was leading the NFL in tackles. I’m not sure that you do, really, replicate that,” Bears coach Matt Eberflus said. “So what you shift guys around, move guys around and put guys in place and next-man-up, he plays, and it’s gonna be good for that linebacker room, getting experience and getting some playing time.”

The Bears also added wide receiver Chase Claypool in a trade with Pittsburgh as they hope to add a big-play threat for quarterback Justin Fields.

Chicago leads the NFL with 1,507 rushing yards and is tied for second with 5.3 yards per carry after running 43 times for 240 yards against Dallas.

Still, the franchise wants to diversify its attack beyond the ground game, whose top threats are running backs Khalil Herbert and David Montgomery, as well as Fields.

Claypool called himself “a dynamic playmaker” when describing what the Bears were getting.

“I’m a playmaker and I’m excited to make plays. I feel like I didn’t have the full opportunity to show what I can do this year, but I think I’ve been able to show that in the past,” Claypool said. “I’m excited to be able to gain that trust with Justin, too, where he knows if he needs a play he can come to me and, frankly, any receiver out there.”

Miami leads the all-time series 9-4, including a 27-14 victory in the teams’ most recent meeting in Chicago, on Oct. 19, 2014.

–Field Level Media

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier and coach Mike McDaniel address reporters Tuesday.

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GM Chris Grier: Dolphins, Bradley Chubb close to contract

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier chuckled at the media suggestion Miami might be a seller approaching the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday.

He was still laughing Wednesday when he met the media to discuss the deals that landed outside linebacker Bradley Chubb from the Denver Broncos and running back Jeff Wilson from the San Francisco 49ers.

“We won’t be satisfied until we win a Super Bowl,” Grier said Wednesday. “We have good players. We have a good scheme. I’m not into predictions but we have a good team with a good chance to win.”

Grier said he pulled the trigger to trade a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round pick and running back Chase Edmonds to the Broncos for Chubb after researching the recovery of pass rushers who’ve had torn ACLs. Chubb, 26, is two years removed from the injury and led the Broncos with 5.5 sacks. The Dolphins are already well down the road with Chubb on a long-term contract.

“We anticipate having something finished up here shortly,” he said.

The deals capitalized on the multiple picks received from the 49ers in 2020 to move up from No. 6 to No. 3 for quarterback Trey Lance. Since making those deals, Grier and the Dolphins used San Francisco’s original ammunition to draft wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, acquire wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs and finally on Tuesday, land Chubb from Denver.

“”Oh, this is where I found old dealer Chris! I thought you’d be in Vegas dealing!” a jovial Mike McDaniel said Wednesday, storming Grier’s press conference for the start of the coach’s media session. “Did you talk about how well the team is coached?”

Grier and McDaniel pointed to one common reason the Dolphins were able to make the Chubb deal: the play of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa leads the NFL in passer rating (112.7) and yards per attempt (9.02) with Hill leading the NFL in receiving yards (961). Despite a scary head injury and previous durability questions, McDaniel said he and Grier are firmly on the side of the fence that Tagovailoa is the right quarterback for their team.

It eased any worry about parting with 2023 first-round draft picks.

“I fully see Tua as the quarterback for this team and this franchise,” McDaniel said. “He’s a great talent. Since I’ve been here I’ve kind of known.”

–Field Level Media