As far as the media and a good portion of the fan base is concerned, no one has more to prove this season than Tua Tagovailoa. This may be true, depending on which side of the fence you’re on.
There is the Colin Cowherd/Chris Simms camp, which believes that Tagovailoa doesn’t have the necessary tools to be successful and is already a bust. They point to his unimpressive rookie numbers and his multiple benchings as the signs of immediate failure. But there is the other side, that grants Tua something of a pass for his rocky debut. They see the lack of off-season preparation as well as below-average (at best) weapons to work with as the culprits, and are giving him a chance to prove that he can be more successful in Year 2.
The Dolphins’ front office has done their best to put a solid product around Tagovailoa on both sides of the ball, which they are hoping can make up for any of the growing pains that the quarterback may come across. But there will come a point when Miami has to count on their franchise poster boy to put up big numbers and win some important games.
All eyes, whether optimistic or not, will be on Tua Tagovailoa this upcoming season.