When an NFL quarterback throws an interception – or fumbles the ball – most fans want the quarterback to just get out of the way. It’s not worth it to risk an injury going for the ball or a tackle of a bigger defender.
Brian Flores thinks differently, though.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw an interception in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bears. After throwing the pick, the second-year quarterback attempted to make a tackle.
Flores – surprisingly – admitted on Sunday that he likes that strategy.
“Yeah, I think that’s what he’s got to do,” Flores told reporters on Sunday. “When you make a mistake, which he did, you just move on to the next play. In that instance, offensive players become defensive players. I thought [running] Myles [Gaskin] made a very nice tackle on that, which kind of set us up in decent field position defensively, which turned into a stop and then good field position for us on the next offensive series. We talk to our guys about, if there is a turnover, you’ve just got to move on. We’re not going to just sit there and be upset about it. We’ve got to move on and try to get the defensive player on the ground and play the next play. Tua and really the entire offense did that. Everybody was running after the ball carrier.”
Moving onto the next play makes sense, but a quarterback like Tua going after a defender is probably a risk too great.
Of course, that’s a decision that Tua will have to make, and it’s pretty clear where his head coach stands on the issue now.
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