Flores reaffirms faith in Tua, excited for Year 2

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DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins quarterback situation has been at the center of the news cycle early in the offseason, but when asked about it Thursday coach Brian Flores reaffirmed his support for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and expressed excitement for his development going into Year 2.

“A lot of attention gets paid to Tua, but I thought he made a lot of improvement over the course of the season. I’m excited about the future with him,” Flores told ESPN. “He’s a young player, talented player, bounced back from the hip. I think this is a big offseason for him. That Year 1 to Year 2 jump will be important, like it is for all rookies.”

Last week, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier made clear there wasn’t any QB controversy, saying: “Tua, we’re very happy with. He’s our starting quarterback.”

Still, Tagovailoa has been the subject of questions, criticism and speculation after an uneven rookie season.

As Dolphins coaches and executives go deeper into an offseason that includes an ongoing offensive coordinator search and an opportunity to coach the Senior Bowl later this month, they hope to move past the questions and toward a future that

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