Tua Tagovailoa has to break out and there is little question about that. The Dolphins will not succeed as a run-first offense and if Tagovailoa can’t step onto the field day one and lead the team to points, the season will be over long before the midway point of the season.
Tagovailoa has the physical traits you want in a quarterback but he has a good mental grasp of those abilities and after a year of taking few risks as he recovered from his hip injury at Alabama in 2019, Tua is starting to find himself doing better with the basic mechanics and throwing motions.
This year, he will not have the luxury of Ryan Fitzpatrick to guide him and while Jacoby Brissett is a veteran who will help, he doesn’t have the longevity and experience that Fitzpatrick had. That being said, this year should also bring an offensive system that is better for Tua.
There are questions about whether a two-person offensive coordinator system will work but the playbook has to slant to Tua’s strengths and in this second year, there can’t be any holding back. Tua has to develop and while no one expects a Hall of Fame season or an MVP season, he has to make the strides necessary to show the coaches that he can handle the playbook cover to cover and knows how to run it.