Despite being benched in loss, Tua Tagovailoa to remain starter

Rookie QB replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in 20-13 loss to Broncos
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa watches from sideline after being benched vs. Denver Broncos in 2020
Posted at 2:24 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 14:24:20-05

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Tua Tagovailoa lost his first game since becoming Miami's starting quarterback, but he hasn't lost his job.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said Sunday that there won't be any changes to the starting lineup when Miami visits the winless New York Jets next weekend.

After the 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos, which snapped Miami's five-game winning streak, Flores told reporters that he replaced the rookie Tagovailoa in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick because the veteran "gave us the best chance to win the game."

The Dolphins (6-4) trailed 20-10 when Tagovailoa was benched.

Tagovailoa, who was the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, was sacked six times during the game -- more than the four previous games combined.

"When I was in, we couldn't really get things going and coach felt like it was the best decision to put Fitz in to give us a spark," Tagovailoa said. "When I heard that, it's really what's best for the team. If we were to win with Fitz in there, the locker room would be a lot different and everyone would be a lot happier. It just sucks to lose."