When asked if he’s concerned if QB Tua Tagovailoa has regressed, Dolphins HC Brian Flores said it’s a team effort and he’s not going to pin it on one player. Flores did add: “Tua has got to play better as well. He played well during the course of the season.” (Barry Jackson)
Flores said of OC Chan Gailey and Tua’s relationship: “I think Tua has made a lot of improvements over the year under Chan’s tutelage. Tua has made a lot of improvement and really developed over the course of the year.” (Josh Tolentino)
Tua also discussed working with Gailey this season: “Our relationship is really good. Our partnership with what I want called – I think it’s really good. I didn’t put us in good situations. There was a lot of miscommunication on that first drive for us. We need to be better with opening up games.” (Josh Tolentino)
Regarding this transition from college to pros, Tagovailoa said: “Everyone is just better in the NFL. There’s no days off. You’ve got to prepare every week like it’s a big game…it’s a bitter taste in our mouth. That’s not the way we wanted it to go down.” (Josh Tolentino)
As for QB Sam Darnold, Cimini thinks the Jets will slow-play their hand to see what kind of interest they get from teams looking to trade up to No. 2. Ultimately, though, a new staff likely means it’s the end for Darnold in New York, per Cimini.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora says the Jets are expected to include college coaching candidates in their search for a new head coach. They were interested in Iowa State’s Matt Campbell before hiring Gase and should have interest again. Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Florida’s Dan Mullen has also been mentioned.
NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero mentions Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer could also be a target for the Jets. He was with the team as an offensive coordinator from 2006-2012.
Sam Darnold said of Gase: “I love Adam, love him as a coach but that’s not my decision.” (Brian Costello)
Jets S Marcus Maye told reporters after Sunday’s game that he would like to return to New York, but it’s not up to him. (Brian Costello)
ESPN’s Mike Reiss notes the Cardinals also appeared to have a good amount of interest in WR N’Keal Harry before the Patriots took him with the last pick in the first round, which is something to remember for future trades.
Patriots QB Cam Newton said of his future in New England: “I have my desires. I know what my heart is saying. I know the thing that who I am. But as far as that, I can’t really speak on it right now. Just my time here in New England has been a blessing. … “Just see how it goes and I’ll go from there.” (Doug Kyed)