Godsey and Studesville, in addition to promotion to co-coordinators, retain their previous positions coaching the tight ends and running backs. Last season, Godsey served as the fill-in quarterbacks coach when COVID-19 protocols forced Miami into contingency plans. One of those contingencies, according to Flores, was Studesville’s weekly preparations for the role of play caller.
“From a play-calling standpoint – a lot of that, the legwork, is done during the week,” Flores said. I know George and Eric, George has called plays in the past. Eric was – with COVID, we had the situation where we had to have a backup at every position, so Eric was preparing to call the game if something happened to Chan (Gailey) the entire year.”
A key role inherent to any offensive coordinator position is working closely with the quarterback. Flores touched on his 23-year-old signal-caller, Tua Tagovailoa, who is entering Year 2 in the NFL.
“I’m excited about Tua and this upcoming season. I think that when you think about his situation last year coming off the hip (injury), we kind of through him in the fire there in Week 7 or Week 8 – I’m not sure exactly what week it was. He started nine games. I thought he made a lot of improvement throughout the course of the season. He had some ups, had some downs, like all of the rookies and like any rookie. I’m really excited about this – that Year 1 to Year 2 jump.”
Today, on the Drive Time Podcast with Travis Wingfield, Travis and guest Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network broke down Tagovailoa’s rookie season.