If the stats weren’t enough to draw you in, this should do it. Tua Tagovailoa and Sam Bradford were in very similar situations early in their careers. Both players had tons of hype entering the NFL. Bradford was the No. 1 overall pick and had Tagovailoa not suffered his hip injury, he may have been as well. Regardless, they both were highly regarded coming out of college.
Bradford won a Heisman, while Tagovailoa was close. Tagovailoa won a National Championship, while Bradford was close (but not really, Go Gators!).
Entering the NFL, both Bradford and Tagovailoa were looked at as players to save a franchise. The then St. Louis Rams were really bad and needed a quarterback to help ignite the franchise, as were the Miami Dolphins.
Sadly, there was incompetence and a failure to build correctly around them for both quarterbacks, which led to their downfalls. Whenever someone talks about Tagovailoa not being the player they thought he would be, they talk about the offensive line and coaching staff. When Bradford was playing for the Rams, fans would say the same thing.
To make it weirder, Bradford had a new offensive coordinator in each of his first three seasons, which is exactly what Tagovailoa will have, as his first two years have been failures already.
Both Bradford and Tagovailoa have people rave about their talent, but then those same people quickly direct their attention to their teams failing around them, which is a fair criticism for both. Some fans feel Tagovailoa has not been given a fair chance because of how bad Miami is, and Bradford would tell you he knows how that feels.
Both quarterbacks have been put in bad situations early in their careers.