Dolphins HC just liked the “laser focused”

Miami – Despite not playing football in nearly two weeks, Toa Tagovailoa impressed Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel with his focus when he returned to the training field last week.

Tagoviloa suffered a concussion on September 29 against the Cincinnati Bengals and missed the Dolphins’ next two games. The quarterback is preparing this week as a start for Miami’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, McDaniel said, adding that Tagovailoa is eager to make a comeback.

“He’s focused on the laser,” McDaniel said. “He’s in a normal mood, but he doesn’t lose attention span in the task at hand.” “And that’s what I’ve grown to love in a man. That’s why he’s been able to achieve some success in an entirely new language and system.”

Tagovailoa ditched his concussion protocol last weekend, but returned to the training ground for the first time on October 12. He was inactive due to last Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings, but he has been on the sidelines and has been present at the Dolphins team facility ever since. concussion.

McDaniel said Tagovailoa has “fully embraced” his role as captain over the past two weeks and has successfully allowed that role to supersede his desire to play.

“He knows he has to be right now for players who are playing and contributing the way he can,” McDaniel said. “So, he was very positive, but I can also say that he thirsts for brotherhood, for camaraderie, for competition.

“It was starkly clear to everyone around him that he was missing out on something he really loved. It’s great to find him in an unfamiliar situation about a player you’re coaching.”

McDaniel noted that in last week’s three Tagoviloa practices, he took on a supporting role while Skyler Thompson was poised as starter and Teddy Bridgewater as primary backup.

McDaniel was particularly impressed with the way Tagovailoa maintained focus despite the change in his normal routine.

“What I’ve seen is every play rehearsed for saying the play,” McDaniel said. “After I say it, as if he’s saying it in assembly, and then watch the timing of the idea, and watch the movement of Skyler’s foot, and the excitement when the perfect technique is performed — because he knows exactly what it looks like. Then you go through a whole workout, you used to be the quarterback, which is What that means in the NFL season you take every moment when the offense ends.So you get into a routine where things go fast because you have all this stuff going on.

“Well, to see that focus last throughout the entire practice also speaks to the point that it’s not just about him, his selflessness, and that’s why he has a unique aura of leadership that people are drawn to because it’s real, authentic, and real.”

The Dolphins, mired in a three-game losing streak after starting the season with three straight wins, saw a sharp drop in attack without Tagovailoa on the field. During the first three weeks of the season, the Dolphins ranked first and second in the league in points per lead, and added projected attacking points, respectively. In the time since, they have fallen to 28th in offensive EPA and 29th in points per lead.

Bridgewater and Thompson both started matches in place of Tagovailoa, but were forced out of their lone starts due to concussion protocol and thumb injury, respectively. Dolphins’ offensive lineman Robert Hunt said after Sunday’s game that injuries were “part of the job” for the NFL, adding on Monday that while Tagoviloa’s return would be motivating, they have a job to do no matter who plays. in the middle.

“Tiwa she is a toa — toa is our leader,” said Hunt. “He’s the guy running the show and we’d be excited to bring him back. But exactly what I said – if he’s not, and he’s somebody else out there, we still have to do our job and try to play the game and win the game.”

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