No. 1: Tua Tagovailoa is talented
I think having weapons is extremely important, and it is an excuse that has validity. Miami did the right thing this offseason and made sure that Tua Tagovailoa has weapons, and that will give him the best chance to succeed.
However, I always find it funny when I see people in the media act as if Tagovailoa needs weapons to succeed. I think a large part of this comes from him playing at Alabama and having a ton of NFL talent around him.
Tagovailoa obviously has played with some stud receivers, which always helps, just like his weapons in Miami will in 2021. But at what point do we stop the nonsense and start talking about the fact that Tagovailoa is extremely talented?
In the 2017 recruiting class, Tagovailoa was the No. 32 recruit in the nation and the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback according to 247 Sports. Tagovailoa won the Elite 11 MVP for those that do not know, which is the award for the best high school quarterback in the nation.
A little fun fact for Dolphins fans regarding the 2017 recruit class. Do you know who the No. 1 player was? 2021 first-round pick Jaelan Phillips!
Tagovailoa was a certified BALLER in high school. His talent has nothing to do with Alabama and everything to do with his hard work. He obviously then committed to Alabama and became an even bigger star in his freshman season.
Tagovailoa did not start his freshman season, but he came in during the National Championship (down 13-0!) for a benched Jalen Hurts and threw the game-winning touchdown pass, a 41-yard bomb to DeVonta Smith in overtime.
In his last two seasons at Alabama (24 total games), Tagovailoa had 6,806 passing yards, 76 passing touchdowns, and only threw nine interceptions. You can say whatever you want about talent, but do not forget to talk about how talented Tagovailoa is as well. He went No. 5 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, even with the significant injury, for a reason.
That talent is the main reason that Tagovailoa will become a top ten quarterback in 2021.