Mike McDaniel on Tua Tagovailoa’s performance: ‘None of his teammates were surprised’

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) takes a selfie on the field after defeating the Baltimore Ravens at an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Baltimore. The Dolphins defeated the Ravens 42-38. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa put on a performance for the ages on Sunday.

The third-year quarterback threw for six touchdowns, four in the fourth quarter as the Dolphins stunned the Ravens with a come from behind 42-38 victory.

On Monday, head coach Mike McDaniel talked about what that type of win can mean to the young quarterback.

McDaniel said, “It makes it tangible what myself, the coaching staff, his teammates have been seeing this whole offseason... He took such a step in the right direction yesterday and threw an interception that he was disgusted with himself.”

McDaniel said Tagovailoa needs to worry about playing the next play on not on being hard on himself.

McDaniel said, “He knows he did some real good things. I think deep down, he wouldn’t ever say it. I think you’d have to be delusional, I mean six touchdowns is pretty good. But I think there’s something to the fact that none of his teammates were surprised which is much more impactful than words, you can feel that when guys aren’t like ‘whoa dude where did that come from?’”

The test will get even tougher for the Dolphins next week.

Miami hosts the 2-0 Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Tagovailoa’s six touchdown performance tied a franchise record for the Dolphins.


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David Lang is executive producer of the Local 10 sports department.