1. Figure out if Tua Tagovailoa is the future
This is priority No. 1 for the Miami Dolphins the rest of the season. Miami needs to figure out if starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the future of the Miami Dolphins.
Tagovailoa’s injury-prone history will be the biggest factor in my eyes, as it will be hard to trust him if he sustains another injury this season. If Tagovailoa goes down again, Miami has no choice but to move on from him after the 2021 season. Having a quarterback that always gets injured will not work in the NFL.
If Tagovailoa can stay healthy, it will be all about how he progresses this season. Miami fans were happy with Tagovailoa’s performance in a loss to the 0-5 Jaguars, but Tagovailoa was not good enough, in my opinion.
Outside of his two touchdown drives, Tagovailoa was not very good on Sunday, and not being able to lead your team to beat the Jaguars is a major concern. Add in that Miami fans said the Dolphins would have won the Raiders and Colts games if Tagovailoa had played, and then he cannot beat the Jags, and you can see there is a clear disconnect.
Tagovailoa needs to show that he is an elite quarterback and that the Dolphins were smart to select him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. If he does not show he can take that next step, it will be a failure by Miami, but at least they will know it is time to move on.