With Miami falling to 0-1 on the season and with Ryan Fitzpatrick miscues serving as a critical factor as to why, the calls are already beginning to trickle in. Miami’s quarterback of the future awaits — and unlike last season the team’s hand-selected heir is already in place. His name is Tua Tagovailoa. And, after Miami made him the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, his installment as the team’s starting quarterback feels inevitable.
But the Dolphins have already reaffirmed that their Week 2 starter will be Ryan Fitzpatrick. Expect the performance of the Dolphins over the coming weeks to play a heavy hand in when that is no longer the status in Miami’s offensive backfield. How might different outcomes from here impact the Dolphins’ decision making process with Tagovailoa?
Here are three potential outcomes for the Dolphins offense with Fitzpatrick at the helm: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Dec 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins fullback Christian Wilkins (94) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Miami’s transition to a new offense suffered merely a hiccup in Week 1 and the quarterback we saw Fitzpatrick play as throughout the back half of 2020 returns in Week 2 against the Bills. In such a scenario, Miami stands a strong chance to win the football game and push for .500 into the heart of the season and beyond.
If Fitzpatrick plays well and finds his groove, Miami figures to be a fringe playoff contender throughout the course of the season and in such a scenario it will be difficult to envision Brian Flores making the change. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This scenario would indicate that things aren’t as broken as the Week 1 showing would indicate.
Tagovailoa’s estimated transition to starter: 2021 Week 1
Sep 8, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Chris Wormley (93) tackles Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Purgatory. The Dolphins know all about it. But if the first half of a season comes to a close and the team is threatening to fall into a tailspin without actually being in one, it might be time to pull the plug and make the change. If the Dolphins tease with improvement but don’t actually make those needed leaps as a unit on offense, let’s not waste away the season and neglect Tagovailoa of needed reps.
Tagovailoa’s estimated transition to starter: 2020 Week 7
Nov 17, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) reacts after being hit by Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Corey Liuget (94) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Things are bad. Very bad. Fitzpatrick continues to suffer from turnovers and the Dolphins can’t absorb them without losing football games. The Dolphins need a clear spark and a different flair about the offense — which could be prompted with the more RPO-heavy style of play Tagovailoa could provide. Miami falling flat on their faces may push for this change before the season is considered “lost”, much like Flores tried to do in 2019 by inserting Josh Rosen into the lineup in Week 3 versus Dallas.
Tagovailoa’s estimated transition to starter: 2020 Week 4
Doc Rivers is out as Clippers coach
Doc Rivers is out as coach of the Clippers, according to people with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.
The Clippers, who finished second in the Western Conference this season, were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the third-seeded Denver Nuggets after taking a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series. In six playoff appearances, the Clippers never made it to the conference finals.
Rivers joined the Clippers before the 2013-14 season and in his seven seasons helped build a team into a championship contender. He was the fifth-longest-tenured coach upon his departure, behind only San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, Dallas’ Rick Carlisle and Portland’s Terry Stotts.
According to people familiar with the Clippers’ situation, names that will come up to replace Rivers; include Clippers assistant coach Ty Lue, who is reportedly set to interview for the Philadelphia 76ers job this week, and former NBA coach and NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy.
Costa calls out ‘human trash’ Adesanya for antics
Any significant achievement in sports is worth celebrating. NFL stars dance after scoring touchdowns, MLB players flip their bats after they blast home runs and UFC fighters dry hump their vanquished opponents.
Israel Adesanya took his UFC 253 celebration(s) a step too far after putting on a clinic against previously unbeaten Paulo Costa in their much-anticipated pay-per-view main event on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
The middleweight champion delivered precision kick after kick before catching Costa in the second round with a powerful left hook that knocked the Brazilian down. “The Last Stylebender” quickly pounced and delivered several ground and pound punches before referee Jason Herzog stopped the fight. In that moment, perhaps feeling the rush of having successfully defended his undisputed middleweight title a second time against the No. 1 contender, Adesanya sprang back to stand up, but held on to Costa and thrusted the air behind his injured opponent.
A dazed Costa sat on the Octagon floor for several minutes trying to regain his wits and get the strength to stand on his battered legs. Meanwhile, Adesanya sprinted around the cage a la Naruto (a Japanese anime the Nigerian-born frequently references) and then began breakdancing like an extra on “Beat Street.” As if that wasn’t enough, Adesanya then proceeded to tell Costa’s cornermen that he’d …. well, let’s just leave that to Adesanya to explain:
Warning: The following tweet contains explicit language.
Costa responds to Adesanya’s post-fight celebration
On Monday, nearly two full days after his first career loss, Costa took to Instagram to call out the champion for his post-fight actions.
“I come here to talk about the action that the human trash did after our fight,” Costa said in a video posted to his Instagram. “I didn’t see when I was there in the cage but I saw now. I disapprove 100 percent. To me, this is [personal] now. Nobody will stop me. Nobody can stop me.
“I want my rematch. You know I am waiting for you. Something happened before the fight, I’m not [making] excuse here to my people, to my fans but I will be 100 percent to fight him and to make him pay. That’s my words. Save my words.”
Adesanya quickly caught wind of Costa’s post and responded in his comments.
“I can stop you again,” Adesanya wrote to Costa. “Dislike.”
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Doc Rivers out as Clippers head coach
Doc Rivers’ time with the Los Angeles Clippers is over.
Rivers is out as the Clippers head coach following their loss in the Western Conference semifinals at Walt Disney World earlier this month, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Coach Doc Rivers is out with the Clippers, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 28, 2020
Rivers had just finished his seventh season with the organization, where he compiled a 356-208 overall record. They reached the postseason in all but one season under his watch, but never made it out of the semifinals.
Rivers confirmed the news on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
“When I took this job, my goals were to make this a winning basketball program, a free agent destination and bring a championship to this organization,” Rivers said in a statement on Twitter, in part. “While I was able to accomplish most of my goals, I won’t be able to see them all through.
“Though it was a disappointing ending to our season, you are right there and I know what this team is capable of accomplishing with your support.”
Clippers bounced from playoffs after blowing 3-1 lead
Rivers and the Clippers nearly reached the Western Conference finals for the first time in his tenure this season, as they mounted a commanding 3-1 lead in their semifinal series with the Denver Nuggets earlier this month.
The Clippers, however, watched that lead disappear almost instantly. The Nuggets rallied back from double-digit holes in the final three games of that series to upset the Clippers and reach the finals.
Rivers is the only head coach in league history to blow a 3-1 lead three times in his career — he did so with the Clippers in 2015 and with the Orlando Magic in 2003.
Rivers spent five seasons with the Magic and nine seasons with the Boston Celtics — where he won an NBA title in 2008 — before making the jump to Los Angeles in 2013. The 58-year-old had two years left on his deal with the Clippers.
According to Wojnarowski, both Clippers assistant Ty Lue and former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy are among the top candidates who will be considered to replace Rivers in Los Angeles.
This post will be updated with more information shortly.
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