Ryan Fitzpatrick said the timing of the move for the Miami Dolphins to start Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback instead of him was heartbreaking.
Brian Flores told Fitzpatrick face-to-face in his office Tuesday morning.
"I was shocked by it. It definitely caught me off guard. It was a hard thing for me to hear yesterday, just kind of digesting the news. My heart just hurt all day. It was heartbreaking for me," Fitzpatrick said. "Flo kind of said what he said and said what he said to you guys as well, and that's the decision and the direction that the organization is going in."
Fitzpatrick had a 79.6 QBR that ranks seventh in the NFL.
"There was a lot of stuff going through my mind yesterday, just from a personal standpoint, not necessarily with the team. Is this it? Like, was that my last game as an NFL player in terms of being the starter and going out there and playing," Fitzpatrick said. "I've been a starter, I've been benched all kinds of different ways, but this one just really more so than any of them ... this organization and what we've been through the last year and a half, this was kind of the first place other than Buffalo where I just felt fully committed and invested and felt like it was my team. To have that, I think that's a lot of the reason why I just ... my heart was so heavy yesterday. But that's the direction that the organization and I've just got to accept it."