Tua Tagovailoa will not make his first career start when his Miami Dolphins play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season.
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores announced Monday the team's starting quarterback for the season opener will be Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick makes the most sense. He's entering his 15th season and knows Miami's offense better than Tagovailoa. The 37-yard-old veteran played 15 games for the Dolphins in 2019 and threw for 3,529 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
His finest performance came on the road against the Patriots in Week 17 when he tallied 340 passing yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions. The Dolphins won 27-24, and the Patriots lost the No. 2 seed and a first round bye in the AFC playoffs as a result.
Tagovailoa is the future in Miami, and it wouldn't be surprising if he played several games during the 2020 season, but his first start won't be Sunday.