Chan Gailey did not expect a phone call from Dolphins head coach Brian Flores asking him to return to the NFL as the offensive coordinator in Miami, but he accepted it when it came early this year.
Gailey told reporters on Saturday that the chance to work with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick reintroduced his decision and that it “may have been a different story” with a different list. Gailey’s decision also gives him a chance to work on the first round of Tua Tagovailoa.
The veteran coach praised Tagovailoo’s “leadership, his ability to throw football, his movement, game management” during the media session, but acknowledged that there are plenty of unknowns about how he will develop as a professional.
“He will develop quickly or slowly depending on how much he grasps the crime and how fast he comes [along]and how he develops as a football player. Much of it is based on health, ”Gailey said via Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “There are many factors there. I hope I have a big impact on [Tagovailoa’s development], but you never know. You have to see how fast and how well a player comes, and you see what he does. . . . We will try to enable him to be successful when the time comes. “
The question of when Tagovailoa will arrive will be a big one in Miami this season and Gailey’s ability to prepare him for that moment will probably have a lot to do with how long the coordinator’s NFL comeback lasts.