“I’m as competitive as they come, so I want to go out and start. I know there are a lot of forces going into it from all kinds of different sides, whether it happens or not, who knows, “said Fitzpatrick. “But I know that for our team to succeed, no matter who plays, this quarterback must be successful. Whether it’s me there, whether I’m doing everything I can to put the team in a position to win, or whether it’s Tua doing it.
“I’m going to do my best to help him make sure that our position does the things necessary to win our team. This is my mentality. That’s how I think about it. You know me very well last year, and you know I want to compete on Sunday. “
Wearing a quarantine beard and hairstyle which he says have not been cut since the coronavirus pandemic ended in March, Fitzpatrick told a Zoom session that he had been in this situation before and that he was ready to be a mentor for Tagovailoa.
Beard and full hair Ryan Fitzpatrick, who says he hasn’t been able to get his hair cut since the hair salons closed.
“The hair on the neck is crazy. I’m glad you can’t see it. ” pic.twitter.com/zWg9PQihcy
– Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) May 21, 2020
Dolphins coach Brian Flores raves about Fitzpatrick’s leadership and intangibles, and the team hopes some of these will stay with Tagovailoa as he joins the NFL during a single off-season.
No decision has yet been made on who will start the season, but Flores has often called Fitzpatrick one of the team’s top leaders and has the advantage of playing for the coach he calls the first to really believe it. him in the new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
“I’m just trying to get in every day and be myself. Even in Zoom meetings right now, be myself. I help them make sure they know and are comfortable coming to ask me questions, “said Fitzpatrick, describing his leadership. with Tagovailoa and Josh Rosen in virtual team activities. “I will also express my opinions and my thoughts on the pieces we are looking at and in two minutes by car. We have reviewed some of these things. My mind and the thinking process – right or wrong – just provide them with some perspective.
“I’m excited for [Tagovailoa] be here. I loved watching him play in college. I think he’s going to be a great addition to the team for a long time. “
Fitzpatrick, 37, entering grade 16, is off-season in Arizona. He said he didn’t throw much to preserve his arm during this time, but he appreciated being able to spend more time with his family.
In a podcast appearance with former teammate and center Eric Wood this week, Fitzpatrick said he plans to be “Tagovailoa’s biggest cheerleader”.
Tagovailoa is also anxious to learn from Fitzpatrick, saying on the draft day that he wants to “understand the kind of person he is”, “tease him, ask him how he is preparing for a defense” and “just be able to to question “. . “
If anyone knows how to balance Tagovailoa’s mentor and cheerleader while continuing to compete passionately for the Dolphins quarterback position in 2020, it’s Fitzpatrick, who has seen just about every situation of his career in the NFL.