'Geezer' Ryan Fitzpatrick pledges to help 'likable' Tua Tagovailoa adjust to NFL

Hal Habib, The Palm Beach Post
Published 2:54 p.m. ET Aug. 2, 2020


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Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract doesn’t say he has to get Tua Tagovailoa ready to play.

Luckily for the Dolphins, Fitzpatrick’s conscious does.

And, for that matter, it doesn’t hurt that Fitzpatrick is finding Tagovailoa to be impossible to dislike.

Fitzpatrick said so Saturday during a Zoom conference with Dolphins beat reporters, outlining a burgeoning relationship between the two quarterbacks that’s nothing like the frosty vibes Aaron Rodgers felt as a rookie on the Packers when Brett Favre growled his famous quote about what is not in his contract.

In contrast, when Fitzpatrick, 37, was asked about The Kid (Tagovailoa is only 22), his detailed response could have been scripted by Brian Flores, a coach who appreciates selflessness more than almost anything. Fitzpatrick went so far as to say he was “excited” when the Dolphins spent the No. 5 overall draft pick on a guy who’s going to take his job someday.

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