Dolphins' Mike McDaniel praises Tua Tagovailoa's season, says on field success is 'not surprising'

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More than fractional of the NFL play is present successful the past, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins person enjoyed a mostly palmy agelong truthful far.

The Dolphins are 6-3 and successful contention for the AFC East title. Tagovailoa has been effectual this twelvemonth and is starring the league with a 115.9 passer rating. Despite missing 2 games owed to a caput injury, Tagovailoa has 15 touchdown passes connected the season.

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Miami Dolphins caput manager Mike McDaniel talks with Miami Dolphins backmost Tua Tagovailoa, #1, during a stoppage successful play successful the crippled betwixt the New England Patriots  and the Miami Dolphins, connected Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 astatine Hard Rock Stadium successful Miami Gardens, Florida.

Miami Dolphins caput manager Mike McDaniel talks with Miami Dolphins backmost Tua Tagovailoa, #1, during a stoppage successful play successful the crippled betwixt the New England Patriots  and the Miami Dolphins, connected Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022 astatine Hard Rock Stadium successful Miami Gardens, Florida. (Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Since helium returned to the tract from the concussion successful Week 7, helium is completing conscionable implicit 70% of his passes and has not thrown an interception. 

He has besides been delivering the shot to receivers rapidly since his instrumentality and has lone been sacked twice. 

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When caput manager Mike McDaniel was asked the backmost show this year, helium did not hesitate to connection his praises and noted that Tagovailoa is handling occurrence well.

"Do you uncertainty that he’s handling it well? Let’s motivate that guy," McDaniel quipped, tongue-in-cheek. "You conscionable person a feeling astir radical erstwhile you’re forecasting uncharted territory. You don’t wholly know, but you consciousness similar you know."

Tua Tagovailoa, #1 of the Miami Dolphins, hands the shot to Chase Edmonds, #2, during the 3rd 4th against the Pittsburgh Steelers astatine Hard Rock Stadium connected Oct. 23, 2022 successful Miami Gardens, Florida.

Tua Tagovailoa, #1 of the Miami Dolphins, hands the shot to Chase Edmonds, #2, during the 3rd 4th against the Pittsburgh Steelers astatine Hard Rock Stadium connected Oct. 23, 2022 successful Miami Gardens, Florida. (Eric Espada/Getty Images)

McDaniel went connected to accidental that Tagovailoa's accumulation has not shocked him.

"Anything that’s happening with him isn’t a astonishment to me. It would’ve been a astonishment if it hadn’t, conscionable due to the fact that the day-in, day-out enactment that I’m witnessing and the enactment that his teammates bash and however his rapport is with them and each of that. 

"But it doesn’t astonishment maine however he’s handled occurrence due to the fact that virtually it has nary favoritism from erstwhile we archetypal started working, earlier Game 1 and grooming campy and OTAs. And that’s awesome. That’s what I would’ve guessed."

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Miami Dolphins caput manager Mike McDaniel talks to Tua Tagovailoa, #1, during a crippled against the Baltimore Ravens astatine M&T Bank Stadium connected Sept. 18, 2022 successful Baltimore.

Miami Dolphins caput manager Mike McDaniel talks to Tua Tagovailoa, #1, during a crippled against the Baltimore Ravens astatine M&T Bank Stadium connected Sept. 18, 2022 successful Baltimore. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

McDaniel added helium has been pleased to spot the payoff.

"[H]e knows precisely who helium is," McDaniel said. "He knows precisely what helium needs to bash to bash his information of his occupation well. And he’s not deviating from that astatine all. Very chill and bully to see, but not astonishing successful the least."

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Tagovailoa's adjacent trial volition hap connected Sunday erstwhile the Dolphins big the Cleveland Browns.

Chantz Martin is simply a sports writer for Fox News Digital.

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