Sadly, the NFL isn’t like Madden, where you can turn off injuries and play the game worry-free. Injuries will always be a significant factor for players in the NFL, but mainly the quarterback.
There will always be exceptions to situations, and I am sure some Tua fans will argue that Patrick Mahomes got hurt too, but that’s where we have to draw a line.
Tagovailoa is not Mahomes, and he never will be. Mahomes’ ability is on another planet compared to Tagovailoa, so even though he gets banged up sometimes, he is an MVP-level quarterback when he’s in the game.
Look at Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers too. These guys have been injured, but there is a difference between being injured when you are a Hall of Fame quarterback and being an unproven injury-prone young quarterback.
Could Tagovailoa get to the level of elite quarterback in the NFL?
Possibly. I predicted Tagovailoa could become a top 10 quarterback in the NFL, but he needed to stay healthy, so history shows us we likely will never get to the opportunity to see it because of his injury history.
So while people will rave about his elite arm talent, what does it really matter if he cannot stay healthy? One of my expectations for Tagovailoa this season was to see him stay healthy and play a full season, which he has already failed.
This storyline has been followed far too often, most recently with players like Sam Bradford, Jake Locker, Robert Griffin III, Marcus Mariota, and Carson Wentz. These guys had tons of talent, but they never stayed healthy long enough to become the future of their franchise and were either traded, released, or not re-signed.
Tua being injury-prone is why I am asking the question, “Is Tua Tagovailoa really the future of the Miami Dolphins?”
And at this point in time, because he is injury-prone and until he proves otherwise, my answer to that is no.