A lot to unpack here for a few reasons. For one, I can’t even guarantee that Tua will be the starting quarterback on Sunday. There were clips of him throwing at practice today and he looked fine doing it. Brian Flores said today that he’ll have an opportunity to practice and will hopefully play in the game. Not sure why, but I can see a world where we wake up early on Sunday morning to take in the game and we see Jacoby Brissett, who is limping around as well, getting the start. I hope I’m wrong and I probably will be but I can see it happening.
The other part of this whole thing is that Tua, who hasn’t played since getting obliterated a month ago against the Bills, doesn’t have the backing of everybody considering he was the 5th overall pick just last year. The owner, GM, head coach, the media, and much of the fanbase is already writing this guy off because he’s not Justin Herbert. Not much Tua can do about that besides going out and balling out. If Tua goes out there on Sunday and puts together offensive drives that actually end up in Miami getting points, of any kind, then that is a major win for this team. Brisset didn’t do that very often so the bar is quite low. Even field goal attempts would be a plus if Flores has the grapefruits to let an all-pro kicker kick.
Now it be nice if the undynamic due of Godsey and Studesville would actually call an offense that gets the ball into the hands of the playmakers on the team. You know, the ones we all know who are really good but you wouldn’t know it if you watched any of Dolphin’s games this year. Yes, I’m talking about Waddle, Gesicki, and even Preston Williams. Even if they get the ball to one of these guys early in the games, it’s still allowed to keep going to them after the first quarter. Not sure if the Dolphin’s staff knows that or not. Relay that information to them if you can.
If Tua can start to put it together on Sunday and rattle of some quality games, and that’s a big if due to the awful offensive line and disgusting offensive philosophy that is currently being used, then he gets this team back on track and starts to compete for one of the wild card spots. You may think that’s impossible, but that happens seemingly every year. Every year, there’s a team with like six games left in the season that’s three games under 500 who end up winning like four in a row getting them right in the middle of the playoff chase. That’s all I, currently, want for this team. To have a chance at the end to get in the playoffs and to see what happens. For that to be a reality, Tua would have to play the best football of his life. Fingers crossed that happens.