Just a Concussion

Steve Fisher Oct 4, 2022

Where have I recently heard the term, “Best news that we could get”? Oh right, Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel used it when referring to his player, Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s concussion! He casually brushes a brain injury off as merely just a concussion.

I cannot believe this guy is a leader of men. “Best news that we could get is that everything checked out. That he didn’t have anything more serious than a concussion.” He is so uneducated that he is brushing off a brain injury. We need players, coaches, and staff to be more educated about concussions.


Tua suffered a very obvious concussion on September 25th and then again on September 29th. The first concussion was disguised (you weren’t fooling anyone McDaniel) as a back injury and Tua was allowed to finish the football game. Does Mike think we are idiots? Yes, he does. He then put his player in harm’s way a second time in 4 days and the scary incident occurred again.


High-level athletes want to be in the game. They will, and do, put themselves in harm’s way because their competitive nature overtakes their rational thoughts. We need to save players from themselves sometimes and here is another ugly, unfortunate, and avoidable instance of such things.


It is clear Mike McDaniel doesn’t understand the severity of concussions and needs to be educated if he is going to be a leader of athletes, so he can protect his players when they cannot.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin discussed with former player, Ryan Clark, the responsibility a coach has to his players. Even though Clark was “cleared” to play, Tomlin did not let Clark play a game in Denver because he believes he has an obligation to safeguard him. This is what leaders do! They care about the people they lead!


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Steve Fisher

Proud husband and father of two. Co-host of the Ball Hawks Podcast alongside Chris Phillips, an NFL based podcast for the latest news around the league. Baltimore Ravens enthusiast and football junkie. Tune in to our weekly show for great insight and laughs- at our expense. Also a huge foodie and craft beer connoisseur.

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